5 Things to Know About the IBM MQ Appliance
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Contributed by Shawn Tooley
When I joined IBM, I never imagined I’d be writing about… appliances. Those are for plumbers and electricians, right? Refrigerators. Washing machines.
Well, not exactly. Because in the IT world, appliances are hot.
No, there’s been no diminishment in the trend away from physical hardware to software-based and virtualized solutions. That will continue. But IT leaders now realize that companies still sometimes want their solutions “in a box.”
A perfect example is the IBM MQ Appliance M2000, a new application connectivity option that combines secure, reliable IBM MQ messaging with the simplicity and low overall costs of a hardware appliance. I just finished assisting a team that literally wrote the book on the subject: Inte
1. Faster and cheaper
With application messaging, that alternative is the costly and complicated task of installing, configuring, and operating multiple messaging servers. If remote locations are involved, the complexity increases even more. This makes an easy-to-deploy appliance an attractive option.
2. Purpose-built for messaging
Compared to the software, the appliance performs the same universal messaging functions that enable applications, systems, and services to connect and exchange information securely, reliably, and rapidly. However, as hardware, the appliance can be deployed almost anywhere, including at remote locations to establish application-level connectivity with business partners and others.
4. Single source of support (for both hardware and software)
Even within an organization, to configure a queue manager on a server, support could be needed from teams responsible for Storage, Virtualization, OS, Security and MQ. With the appliance deployment model, most queue managers can be built by the MQ team alone.
5. Different models to meet different needs
So it is with the MQ Appliance M2000, which is available in two configurations:
There’s also a trade-up part option makes it easy to add capacity. The full set of CPU cores is already present in the appliance, so the additional capacity is ready for you to use as soon as you contact your IBM representative and make the deal.
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