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 9.0.2 is the next 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 9.0.2 has been delivered concurrently on distributed, z/OS and the appliance platforms. MQ 9.0.2 can be obtained from:
- PassportAdvantage for Windows and Linux platforms (Search for part numbers CJ1ERML for Production use and CJ1ESML for Trial)
- shopZ for z/OS. Each PID has a Long Term Support and Continuous Delivery orderable feature.
Search for APAR PI74847 to find the PTFs to update your installation from 9.0.1 to 9.0.2. The Continuous Delivery orderable feature will be updated to 9.0.2 on 7th April 2017.
- 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 9.0.2 firmware image can be obtained from Fix Central and can be applied to both the M2000 and M2001 hardware models.
What's in MQ 9.0.2?
MQ 9.0.2 has had development in a number of areas. Firstly the REST API has been further enhanced with authentication, authorization and queue administration operations.
Management of MQ linear logging has had some improvements with options to let the Queue Manager automatically cleanup log files not required for recovery and also take media images at optimal times for media recovery.
In addition to these enhancements we've made a number of updates across the product
- The MQ REST API is now available on the MQ Appliance in addition to the distributed and z/OS platforms.
- For installation on Ubuntu (Linux x86-64, Little Endian Power and z Systems), MQ is now available as Debian packages. For 902 either rpm or deb may be used for installing MQ.
- IBM MQ Managed File Transfer has improved diagnostics for when an agent is reported as being unreachable.
- For new installations on Windows, the installation of a Java runtime is now optional if none of the Java components of MQ are being used.
- On the MQ Appliance the keys used to secure communications in a HA group can be easily renewed.
- A MQ distributed Queue Manager can be configured to publish data to the IBM Cloud Product Insights service on IBM Bluemix enabling a single view of where IBM MQ is used across an organization.
- A new Salesforce bridge is available on Linux x86-64 that will listen for events emitted from Salesforce and publish to MQ Topics.
- IBM MQ Advanced for Developers is now available as an image in the IBM Containers service on Bluemix. The image name is ibm-mq. See this blog post for further information on getting started.
Look out for further blog articles and video demos on YouTube in the coming days, expanding on the new features and capabilities. For our Offering Management perspective on MQ 9.0.2 head over to Leif davidsen's wordpress blog.
Can I get a copy of IBM MQ 9.0.2 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 18.104.22.168, 22.214.171.124 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 System Requirements and documentation
The system requirements 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).
Further information can be found in the IBM MQ Knowledge Center and the IBM MQ Appliance Knowledge Center
Other Fix Central resources
A number of MQ 9.0.2 components are made available on Fix Central for ease of download. Here are the links to the available components: