What is IBM MQ Advanced?

For enterprises that want to seize more opportunity, IBM® MQ Advanced is the answer. Protect your growing volumes of data with superior security, including true end-to-end encryption. Easily implement reliable business continuity mechanisms to stay up and running. Collaborate with others by sharing data through blockchain. And easily transfer files between systems to modernize your infrastructure.

MQ Advanced expertly handles the connectivity and security of complex, enterprise-level applications and data so you can spend more time on innovation. And it deploys everywhere MQ does — in the cloud, on the appliance, through on-premises software and on IBM z/OS® mainframe.

Three reasons to trust MQ Advanced

End-to-end encryption

Protect your company and customers, easily manage compliance, reduce related costs and increase audit confidence.

Business continuity

Implement an easy and effective failover plan, remove your network storage costs and eliminate any potential single points of failure.

Confident collaboration

Exchange data with third parties in a trusted environment that includes native support for IBM Blockchain integration.

Experience true end-to-end encryption

MQ Advanced brings you unmatched encryption with MQ advanced message security (AMS). What sets AMS apart is the way its end-to-end encryption not only protects data in flight and in memory, but also at rest. Competitors only encrypt the disk, so the message is only safe if the disk isn’t hacked. But AMS can encrypt the message itself — in transit and at rest in the queue on the disk — offering protection from disk hacks. AMS provides policy-based, application-level, end-to-end data security across your entire connectivity infrastructure.


Advanced messaging security shown in a diagram linking an application to enterprise messaging and to a queue manager

Make powerful business continuity easy

MQ Advanced brings you high availability made easy with MQ replicated data queue managers (RDQM). Maintain service continuity despite planned or unplanned outages, protect against data loss and reduce the cost and complexity of delivering a highly available solution. In addition to reducing storage costs, RDQM simplifies your setup and maintenance while providing a powerful high-availability solution for replicating data as part of automatic failover, including synchronous data replication for MQ’s exclusive once-and-once-only message delivery.


Replicated data queue managers for business continuity shown in a diagram linking network nodes to MQ applications subject to synchronous data replication

Gain two paths to confident collaboration

One path to collaboration involves securely sharing data between MQ Advanced and IBM Blockchain with the MQ Advanced blockchain bridge*. The bridge lets you easily access blockchain data from your MQ applications. You can send query messages to the blockchain and receive responses, use local Hyperledger Fabric blockchain networks, including ones that run on IBM Cloud®, and update and query ledgers.

Another path involves a simple migration from your existing file transfer protocol (FTP). With that, MQ Advanced managed file transfer (MFT) can become the gateway to modernizing your infrastructure. Transfer files between systems in a managed and auditable way, regardless of file size or the operating systems used, and automatically convert files to and from messages without changes to your applications.

*Linux only


MQ Advanced Managed File Transfer shown in a diagram linking an enterprise application to files to an MQ app to more files and to action

Product versions

Consider these other deployment options


Simplify, accelerate and facilitate the reliable exchange of data with a security-rich messaging solution for cloud, mobile, IoT and on premises environments. The solution has been trusted for over 25 years by the world's most successful enterprises.

IBM MQ Appliance

Get IBM MQ scalability and security and a high-specification appliance’s simplicity, convenience and low TCO. This option is ideal for clients consolidating their MQ estate.

IBM MQ for z/OS

Transfer data on the mainframe with custom code designed for IBM z/OS. Get the stability, reliability and security-rich messaging that can be used as the foundation of your business.

IBM MQ on the cloud

Deploy IBM MQ across clouds for a common messaging backbone. Gain assurance and peace of mind, while connecting to your existing on-premises MQ infrastructure.

Which option is right for you?

Try IBM MQ in the cloud

Get access to a queue manager in minutes with no infrastructure responsibilities and no downloads.


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Try MQ on premises

Try the on-premises MQ solution for 90 days. Included are the latest MQ features in addition to the full capabilities of MQ Advanced.


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