Contributed by Anja Jessica Paessler
We all know about MQ as middleware software - and now there is an appliance as well. But why? And what are the benefits? Let's take a look at current business challenges to answer these questions.
First of all, businesses become not only more and more complicated, but more and more geographically distributed as well. Messaging infrastructures face increasing demand and seamless connectivity is not only expected, but essential for successful business operations. Saying this, it becomes obvious that messaging has to perform at the highest levels. At the same time organizations have to think about cost efficiency. So here is the dilemma: Costs have to be under control while today's businesses have to deal with maintaining and running many messaging servers with longer configuration times and higher maintenance changes. Additionally, the mixture of different hardware and operating system levels makes this an even more complicated task.
The answer on how to solve this dilemma is also the answer to the question we started with: let the IBM MQ appliance help you. The IBM MQ Appliance M2000 provides an optimized version of IBM MQ V8 that runs on a hardware appliance. That way it offers rapid deployment of enterprise messaging and simpler administration, both in day-to-day operations and also when applying maintenance. To make things even easier for your clients the appliance can be deployed remotely, which means you neither have to do the set-up locally nor do you need in-house experts. But the IBM MQ Appliance provides you with even more benefits such as:
- Seamless MQ integration: The IBM MQ Appliance can easily be integrated with existing MQ environments
- Simplicity, high availability and built-in-features: Paired connectivity to another appliance offers a simpler and more robust solution without external dependencies like shared file systems or disks
- A new MQ console: Browser-based user interface, personalized monitoring and configuration
- Reduced total cost of ownership (TCO): Decreased data center space, power costs and management burden by using fewer appliances to do more work
- Simpler maintenance: Fix packs delivered as certified firmware updates onto a locked down appliance reduces dependencies and simplifies maintenance tasks.
- Maximum performance with built-in components: pre-optimized for the hardware with no tuning or additional configuration needed
Overall, it is safe to say that the IBM MQ appliance's convenience, fast time to value and low total cost of ownership is the ideal solution to meet your client's needs - no matter if you use it as a messaging hub running queue managers accessed by clients or to extend MQ connectivity to a remote location.
Knowing all this, what do you think how your clients can benefit from an IBM MQ Appliance? Or have you already made some experiences with it? Please share! And to find out more, read the IBM Redbooks publication:
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