IBM MessageSight delivers massive scale communication within and beyond the enterprise

IBM Europe, Middle East, and Africa Software Announcement ZP13-0146
April 23, 2013

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(Corrected on March 11, 2014)

The Announcement countries and Ordering information sections are revised.

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IBM® MessageSight delivers:

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By processing large volumes of events in near real time, IBM MessageSight delivers the performance, value, and simplicity organizations need to accommodate the ever growing multitude of mobile devices and sensors. IBM MessageSight extends messaging networks with extreme transaction rates, massive scale, and predictable low latency. It delivers messaging for the edge of the enterprise to reach out to the expanding Internet of Things, the dramatic scaling in the number of concurrent devices that can be connected with timely information.

These capabilities allow today's organizations to be more engaged to support new systems of interaction with clients, partners, and employees by unlocking information in systems of record to enable business to be conducted anywhere.

Unlike messaging appliances that merely consolidate traditional messaging services onto a hardware form factor, the IBM MessageSight is specifically engineered to deliver massive scale communications within and beyond the enterprise. It is designed with specific optimization to accelerate reliable messaging delivery with persistence qualities minimizing latency, and provide high and predictable throughput.

In real time, IBM MessageSight supports new levels of performance and scale across a wide variety of use cases that include massive sensor networks, intelligent automotive applications, and large-scale mobile banking. By scaling huge numbers of concurrently connected devices, the appliance enables large volumes of events to be streamed into analytic engines for processing big data.

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Key prerequisites
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Refer to the Hardware and software requirements section.

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Planned availability date
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May 24, 2013

Availability of programs with encryption algorithm in France is subject to French government approval.

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The Internet is no longer just about web browsing. It is a mesh of devices such as mobile phones, sensors, and machines. The ubiquity of TCP/IP over 3 G, 4 G, and WiFi networks makes it possible for multitudes of devices to send and receive data across the globe. Consumers and application owners expect near, real-time interactions between these devices and applications. There is a paradigm shift from the classic, request-response-driven nature of the web to an event-driven, interactive experience.

Building these interactive applications requires a bi-directional, communications infrastructure that scales to support the growing number of connected devices. Emerging publish and subscribe messaging technologies are required to build these rich and interactive applications.

IBM MessageSight is a purpose-built messaging platform that delivers the performance, scalability, and value organizations require to meet the demands of the hyper-connected world. Suitable for DMZ deployments at the edge of the network and designed to handle massive numbers of connected devices and process high volumes of messages with consistent latency, IBM MessageSight allows organizations to expand their applications beyond the data center to provide a truly interactive experience.

IBM MessageSight allows organizations to implement a variety of use cases:

Key product capabilities and highlights

Appliance form-factor

Asynchronous messaging, that supports


Developer-friendly APIs and libraries




Simplified deployment

This announcement satisfies the commitments stated in the preview announcement entitled, Preview: Next Generation of Messaging Appliances. For information, refer to Software Announcement ZP12-0584, dated October 16, 2012.

Accessibility by people with disabilities

A US Section 508 Voluntary Product Accessibility Template (VPAT) containing details on accessibility compliance can be requested at

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Program number
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Program                Program
number      VRM        name
5725-F96   V1.0.0      IBM MessageSight
                       Machine     Part  
Description            type-model  number
IBM  MessageSight      6188-SM1    D0YRFLL

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Education support
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IBM Global Services, IT Education Services, supports many IBM offerings.

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Offering Information
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Product information is available via the Offering Information website

Also, visit the Passport Advantage® website

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The IBM MessageSight Infocenter is available at product availability. Visit

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Technical information
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Specified operating environment

Hardware and software requirements

IBM MessageSight

Physical specifications

Weight  30 kg
Height 86.5 mm
Width 482 mm
Depth 746 mm
Weight  66.14 lb
Height 3.41 in
Width 18.98 in
Depth 29.37 in

IBM MessageSight has two 750-watt power supplies

Btu output

Noise level

Equipment approvals and safety

IBM MessageSight conforms to the following standards:

Operating environment

IBM MessageSight is designed for:

Power On

Power Off


For operating system limitations. refer to the Hardware and software requirements section.

ServeRAID M5100 Battery - One year Note: The ServeRAID M5100 Battery has a one year warranty period effective on its "Date of Installation". All other product warranty terms for the machine remain unchanged.

Solid-state drives

Solid-state memory cells have an intrinsic, finite number of write cycles that each cell can incur. As a result, each solid-state drive has a maximum amount of writes to which it can be subjected, documented as TBW (Total Bytes Written). IBM is not responsible for replacement of hardware that has reached the maximum guaranteed number of write cycles. This limit may be revealed as the SSD drive failing to communicate to system generated commands or becoming incapable of being written to. In general, it is important to distinguish enterprise value drives from enterprise drives.

Enterprise drives have much higher write endurance and as a result, can withstand a greater number of writes over the lifetime of the device compared to enterprise value level drives. SSD write endurance is an important factor to consider because unlike spinning disk media, NAND flash accepts a finite number of program/erase cycles.

SSD write endurance is typically measured by the number of program/erase cycles, or P/E cycles, each cell incurs over its lifetime and per drive, listed as Total Bytes Written (TBW) in the drive specification. This statistic can be used to give an estimate of the drive's remaining life left based on the workload to which the drive will be subjected to. The TBW value assigned to a solid-state drive is the total bytes of written data (based on number of P/E cycles) a drive can be guaranteed to complete. Reaching this limit does not cause the drive to immediately fail; it simply denotes the maximum number of writes that can be guaranteed.

A solid-state drive will not fail upon reaching the specified TBW. At some point based on manufacturing variance margin, after surpassing the TBW value, the drive will reach the end-of-life point, at which the drive will go into a read-only mode.

As a result of the technology limitations, care must be taken to use SSDs in environments that will not exceed the TBW of the drive prior to the required life expectancy of the application.

IBM Official Specifications for IBM MessageSight hardware

Contact your local marketing representative for a copy of the IBM Official Published Specifications for IBM MessageSight System hardware.

Planning information

Power supply requirements

IBM MessageSighthas two 750-watt, redundant power supplies, providing N+N redundancy.

Service parts can be ordered from the IBM National Parts Center. Ordering procedures and terms are described in the Service Support Guide.

Global Technology Services®

Contact your IBM representative for the list of selected services available in your country, either as standard or customized offerings for the efficient installation, implementation, or integration of this product.

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Ordering information
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This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.

These products may only be sold directly by IBM or by authorized IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus.

For more information about IBM Software Value Plus, visit

To locate IBM Business Partners for Software Value Plus in your geography for a specific Software Value Plus portfolio, visit
Product group:
  Product Identifier Description     (PID)
  IBM MessageSight                   5725-F96
Product category: Appliance

For ordering information, consult your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner, or visit

Passport Advantage

IBM MessageSight appliance

Program name/Description                                      number
IBM MessageSight Appliance Install
  Appliance Install, maitenance + S&S 12 Mo                   D0YRFLL
  Appliance maintenance + S&S renewal 12 Mo                   E0H2GLL
  Appliance maintenance + S&S reinstatement 12 Mo             D0YRGLL

Business Critical Service upgrade

IBM MessageSight
 Business Critical Service upgrade per Appliance Install
  Initial upgrade 12 Months                                   D0YRHLL
  Subsequent upgrade 12 Months                                E0H2HLL

Business Critical Service upgrade is available in the following countries: Austria, Denmark, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Belgium, Cyprus, France, Greece, Luxembourg, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Egypt, Kenya, Morocco, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tunisia.

Note: Country-specific line cords are included with each order based on the ship-to address.

Charge metric

Program name           PID number  Charge metric
IBM MessageSight       5725-F96    Per appliance install

Appliance Install

Appliance Install is a unit of measure by which the program can be licensed. An Appliance Install is an installed copy of the program that is included on a single unit of supporting hardware. Licensee must obtain an entitlement for each Appliance Install of the program.

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Terms and conditions
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The information provided in this announcement letter is for reference and convenience purposes only. The terms and conditions that govern any transaction with IBM are contained in the applicable contract documents such as the IBM International Program License Agreement, IBM International Passport Advantage Agreement, and the IBM Attachment for Appliance Service to Passport Advantage.

Consult the IBM Appliance Support Handbook for further details on Appliance Warranty Service upgrade options. Visit

This product is only available via Passport Advantage. It is not available as shrinkwrap.


IBM International Program License Agreement including the License Information document and Proof of Entitlement (PoE) govern your use of the program. PoEs are required for all authorized use. Part number products only, offered outside of Passport Advantage, where applicable, are license only and do not include Software Maintenance.

License Information form number

IBM MessageSight V1.0 - L-AVIL-93U7JG

Limited warranty applies


Limited warranty

IBM warrants that when the program is used in the specified operating environment, it will conform to its specifications. The warranty applies only to the unmodified portion of the program. IBM does not warrant uninterrupted or error-free operation of the program or that IBM will correct all program defects. You are responsible for the results obtained from the use of the program.

IBM provides you with access to IBM databases containing information on known program defects, defect corrections, restrictions, and bypasses at no additional charge. For further information, consult the IBM SWG Appliance Support Handbook, found at

IBM will maintain this information for at least one year after the original licensee acquires the program (warranty period).

Program technical support

This technical support allows you to obtain assistance (via telephone or electronic means) from IBM for product-specific, task-oriented questions regarding the installation and operation of the program product. Appliance Subscription and Support (Appliance Maintenance) also provides you with access to updates (modifications or fixes), releases, and versions of the program. You will be notified, via announcement letter, of discontinuance of support with 12 months' notice. If you require additional technical support from IBM, including an extension of support beyond the discontinuance date, contact your IBM representative or IBM Business Partner. This extension may be available for a fee.

Volume orders (IVO)


Passport Advantage applies

Yes, and through the Passport Advantage website at
Usage restriction

Yes. Adding, removing, or replacing hardware components of IBM MessageSight System must be performed by IBM.

Appliance Maintenance, Software Subscription and Support applies

Yes. For additional information on appliance services, consult the Appliance Services Attachment to Passport Advantage at
Software Subscription and Support applies


System i® Software Maintenance applies


Variable charges apply


Educational allowance available

Education allowance does not apply.

Special education prices are available for qualified customers through Passport Advantage.

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Statement of good security practices
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IT system security involves protecting systems and information through prevention, detection, and response to improper access from within and outside your enterprise. Improper access can result in information being altered destroyed or misappropriated or can result in misuse of your systems to attack others. Without a comprehensive approach to security, no IT system or product should be considered completely secure and no single product or security measure can be completely effective in preventing improper access. IBM systems and products are designed to be part of a comprehensive security approach, which will necessarily involve additional operational procedures, and may require other systems, products, or services to be most effective. IBM does not warrant that systems and products are immune from the malicious or illegal conduct of any party.

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For all local charges, contact your IBM representative.

Passport Advantage

For Passport Advantage information and charges, contact your IBM representative or authorized IBM Business Partner for Software ValueNet. Additional information is also available at

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Financing from IBM Global Financing helps you preserve cash and credit lines, enables more technology acquisition within current budget limits, permits accelerated implementation of economically attractive new technologies, offers payment and term flexibility, and can help match project costs to projected benefits. Financing is available worldwide for credit-qualified customers.

For more financing information, visit

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Announcement countries
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IBM MessageSight is available in the following countries:

Angola, Austria, Denmark, Ethiopia, Finland, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, UK, Belgium, Cyprus, France, French Polynesia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Netherlands, Portugal, Spain, Luxembourg, Guadeloupe, Reunion, French Guyana, Bulgaria, Croatia, Czech Republic, Estonia, Hungary, Latvia, Lithuania, Poland, Romania, Russia, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia, Turkey, Egypt, Ghana, Kenya, Morocco, Nigeria, Pakistan, South Africa, and Tunisia


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