IBM MQ Appliance: Doing More with Less

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Messaging appliances like IBM MQ Appliance are a way of running a formerly dispersed workload on a few machines dedicated to that software.

The recent climate has challenged us all, personally and professionally. Business leaders are faced with reduced funds and headcount, but are still required to keep the business afloat. The ability to adapt is key — not only for survival, but for growth.

To do this, you need a strong foundation. And sometimes, it is worth re-evaluating your setup to make efficiency gains.

The data explosion in recent years is monumental. However, if you can’t use that data, it isn’t helpful. If that data can’t get to where it needs to be, you definitely will struggle to gain value from it. Data is important for growth and innovation, but there is also the communication between applications and services that is essential for the day-to-day running of your business. Without this invisible connection, everything stops.

With the growth of businesses comes the advent of new projects and the addition of new applications. Integrating these into an existing infrastructure can be challenging, which is why solutions that discourage tightly coupled applications can help. Even with such a solution, inefficiencies are possible.

When software is acquired for new projects, it is likely not making the best use of servers already in place. The more dispersed the setup, the more licenses you are likely to have and the more difficult it is to keep everything patched and up to date. This exposes you to security vulnerabilities, audit issues and running older, unsupported versions. Additionally, for every server you add, there are costs for data center space, power and hosting. Mainframe users can be doubly affected, as individual applications connecting into the mainframe can increase CPU usage and license charges.

What is IBM MQ Appliance?

Consolidation can help in this situation. Messaging appliances like IBM MQ Appliance are a way of running a formerly dispersed workload on a few machines dedicated to that software. This reduces the data center footprint and is an opportunity to standardize your environment. With the MQ Appliance, we go further by pre-optimizing it for efficiency gains. You don’t have to invest in somebody with deep MQ skills because we have already done the hard work for you. The simplicity of updates and maintenance — single, signed packages — further frees up your people to work on other areas where you need them.

Mainframe users find additional value in the consolidation of on-premises software, as this reduces the number of connections going into the mainframe. Using the MQ Appliance as a client concentrator in this way is another area where savings can be made.

Ask your IBM representative for a free Messaging Modernization workshop to learn where you can make efficiency gains and cost savings, or visit the MQ Appliance product page for more information.

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