As those who have been following the MQ 9.0 announcements, blogs and beta program will know, IBM MQ has introduced a Continuous Delivery(CD) release and support model. The model enables a choice between Long Term Support or a Continuous Delivery route. IBM MQ 9.0 was the first release under this new model, and was declared Long Term Support (LTS) to give the same duration of support as with previous MQ major releases.
IBM MQ 9.0.1 is the first continuous delivery update for MQ. The continuous delivery releases incrementally build on the MQ 9.0 features, providing early, supported, access to the latest MQ capabilities. Version 9.0.1 has been delivered concurrently on distributed, z/OS and the appliance platforms. MQ 9.0.1 can be obtained from:
- PassportAdvantage for Windows and Linux platforms (Search for part numbers CJ0WKML for Production use and CJ0WLML for Trial)
- shopZ for z/OS (Available from 9th December 2016). Each PID has a Long Term Support and Continuous Delivery orderable feature. PIDs are:
- 5655-MQ9 - IBM MQ for z/OS
- 5655-VU9 - IBM MQ for z/OS Value Unit Edition
- 5655-AM9 - IBM MQ Advanced Message Security for z/OS
- 5655-MF9 - IBM MQ Managed File Transfer for z/OS
- 5655-AV9 - IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS
- This is a bundle of MQ Advanced Message Security and MQ Managed File Transfer (no MQ entitlement included)
- 5655-AV1 - IBM MQ Advanced for z/OS Value Unit Edition
- This is a bundle of MQ Advanced Message Security, MQ Managed File Transfer and MQ for z/OS Value Unit Edition
- The IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.1 firmware image can be obtained from Fix Central and can be applied to both the M2000 and M2001 hardware models.
What's in MQ 9.0.1?
The main focus for 9.0.1 has been to add the web based administrative UI that we first provided last year on the IBM MQ Appliance. This means you'll be able to point a browser at a MQ 9.0.1 or later installation and be able to create, start and stop queue managers and configure the resources on them, providing a simple way to get up and running with a new MQ installation. You'll also see that we've started down the path of exposing a supported RESTful administrative API. This means you will be able to build and extend your own tooling without touching MQSC or PCF (unless you want to).
In addition to these enhancements we've made a number of updates across the product...
- The MQ Console web UI is now available across all platforms
- The beginnings of a REST API are in the MQ and MQ for z/OS products for MQ administration
- The IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Agent is now available as a zip package (no install, but license entitlement to unzip on a system is still required). Download from FixCentral.
- The new IBM MQ Service Provider for z/OS Connect provides a mechanism for getting data into MQ and other backend systems via a RESTful interface
- On z/OS MQ Advanced Message Security performance has been improved and there is now support for JMS in a CICS Liberty environment.
- MQ Appliance has a number of new features:
- Floating IP for a more seamless HA failover
- SNMP support
- REST management API for the appliance
- Automatic queue manager start up
- Queue manager backup and restore capability
- Some additional information can be found in this blog article
- System requirement updates
- New operating system support with Ubuntu 16.04 on IBM z Systems
- Microsoft Visual Studio 2015 support for C, C++ and .NET applications
- .NET 4.6 support
- IBM MQ is being made available on a subset of the LTS operating systems - z/OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux on x86-64, Linux on IBM z Systems and Linux on Little Endian Power (RHEL, SLES and Ubuntu)
Look out for further blog articles and video demos on YouTube in the coming days, expanding on the new features and capabilities.
Can I get a copy of IBM MQ 9.0.1 for development purposes?
Yes, you can. A free download to use for development is available from the IBM MQ dev blog download page. It is available for Windows and Linux x86-64.
Remind me how the Continuous Delivery support model works...
Its worth reminding you what the Continuous Delivery support model means for MQ.
- MQ 9.0 LTS will be supported for a minimum of 5 years from its availability in May 2016, and will receive fix only updates through fixpacks versioned 188.8.131.52, 184.108.40.206 and so on.
- MQ CD updates will be delivered with the 3rd digit change - 9.0.1, 9.0.2 and so on. Fixes will only be provided on the most recent two CD updates, so you need to keep moving forward with the MQ CD releases. Also, MQ CD updates will be delivered with new function enabled by default.
- The IBM MQ FAQ for Long Term Support and Continuous Delivery Releases will hopefully answer most of your questions.
MQ Announcement Letters
For further information on the 9.0.1 content, here are the links to the MQ announcement letters:
- IBM MQ for distributed platforms
- IBM MQ for z/OS (Monthly license charge)
- IBM MQ for z/OS one time charge offerings
- IBM MQ Appliance
MQ System Requirements and documentation
The system requirement updates mentioned above, along with other things like web browser support for the new MQ Console, are documented at the links below. IBM MQ is being made available on a subset of the LTS operating systems. The set of supported operating systems are z/OS, Microsoft Windows, Linux on x86-64, Linux on IBM z Systems and Linux on Little Endian Power (RHEL, SLES and Ubuntu).
Other Fix Central resources
A number of MQ 9.0.1 components are made available on Fix Central for ease of download. Here are the links to the available components:
- The IBM MQ Resource Adapter for use with any JEE 7.0 compliant application server
- The zipped IBM MQ Managed File Transfer Agent (Entitlement required)
- The IBM MQ C clients
- The IBM MQ Java / JMS client
- The IBM MQ redistributable clients
- The IBM MQ Service Provider for z/OS Connect
- The IBM MQ Appliance 9.0.1 firmware update