WebSphere Message Broker (WMB) version 6.0 brought with it many important changes to the WMB product:
- an updated eclipse-based Toolkit
- improved message parsing and transformation (including ESQL, XSLT, and Javatm)
- even enhanced support for web services
- and many more...
However, we are now beginning to see the sun set for WMB 6.0. You may have heard that the 'EOS' date for WebSphere MQ 6.0 was moved, but the same cannot be said of Message Broker!
WebSphere Message Broker 6.0 reaches its 'End of Support' date on April 30th, 2011:
For more information, please see the 'IBM Withdrawal Announcement Letter 909-301' or the 'IBM Support WMB Product Lifecycle'. After this date, you will still be able to access fix packs for the product, but we will not be actively pursuing new defects/APARs for WMB 6.0. For those of you still using WMB 6.0, it is time to seriously consider setting an upgrade date and moving to a newer version. Both versions 6.1 and 7.0 further improve on the advances introduced with WMB 6.0, while still retaining a similar administrative/development interfaces.
What steps should you take as this date approaches?
If you are using WMB 6.0 in production:
- Make sure you have applied the latest maintenance pack.
- Contact your IBM Representative (or IBM worldwide) to discuss a service extension for your production environment.
- Investigate/Develop/Finalize your upgrade/migration plan.
If you are planning on migrating to WMB 6.1:
- Check out the Essential information for Migration in the WMB 6.1 Readme.
- Use the Information Center to plan your migration to WMB 6.1.
- Review Kailash's WSTE presentation on WMB 6.1 migration considerations.
If you are planning on migrating to WMB7.0:
- Check out the Essential information for Migration in the WMB 7.0 Readme.
- Use the Information Center to plan your migration to WMB 7.0.
- Review Kailash's WSTE presentation on Migrating to WMB 7.0.
If you still aren't sure:
- My colleague, Vivek Grover, recently wrote up a nice article detailing migration and reasons for considering WMB Version 7.0.
The bottom line is that we want to ensure that you have all the support you need for your Business to succeed. If your production environment is not going to be fully migrated by the end of this month, please speak with your IBM Representative about an Extended Support contract. This will allow you to complete migration at your own pace while still enjoying the comfort of IBM Support for WMB 6.0.