MQ version 8 Redbooks Publication Coming Soon!
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As an IBMer supporting WebSphere MQ I have always been intrigued by the place known as the Hursley Lab, located in the UK. Finally, on my 15 year anniversary as an IBM employee I set off on a trip to visit the place where MQ is developed. I felt somewhat like Charlie going to visit the Chocolate Factory.
I was thrilled to be chosen to participate in an IBM Redbooks residency for publishing a book which will provide information about the MQ version 8 enhancements. MQ V8 was made available in June 2014 and contains many improvements in a range of areas including security, availability, performance, capacity and standards support. A good number of the changes were inspired by customer’s Requests for Enhancements (RFEs). My L2 colleague Mark has already provided some very useful information about the enhancements for zOS, see his blog: "WebSphere MQ for z/OS Version 8: New Toys In the Box!"
I am working with a team of other skilled IBMers on the upcoming IBM Redbooks publication which should be available later this year. My primary focus for this residency will be the new SSL features available in MQ version 8 so I will give you a glimpse of some of the SSL changes I plan to cover in the upcoming Redbooks publication.
Security is an important consideration for the business world today. MQ allows administrators to use SSL/TLS industry standards to assure identity and data privacy. MQ supports Version 3.0 of the SSL protocol and Version 1.0 and Version 1.2 of the TLS protocol.
Some new features for channels using SSL/TLS certificates allow users to create their own names for the digital certificates rather than using the previously required label names such as ibmw
I am hoping to add more blog entries with additional MQ version 8 enhancement info in the near future. For now I better get back to focusing on my driving skills as I become accustomed to driving on the left side of the road. Cheers for now!