What is IBM MQ Appliance?

A powerful and efficient hardware appliance, IBM MQ Appliance eases IBM MQ setup and maintenance, reducing total cost of ownership (TCO) as it can extend and simplify your efforts to reach partners and remote locations.


Integrate with or consolidate your existing IBM MQ network

Use IBM MQ Appliance as a messaging hub to deploy it where IBM MQ servers are impractical, or to consolidate your infrastructure to save datacenter space.

Reduce TCO through simple setup and maintenance

IBM MQ Appliance comes preoptimized, with automated firmware updates to simplify maintenance and reduce the time and money it takes to start using IBM MQ.

Protect with high availability and disaster recovery

IBM MQ Appliance helps ensure business continuity by helping to protect your data in the case of a disruption, regardless of how serious.

What’s new with MQ 9.2

Simplified, smart management

Balance and rebalance your workload, combine HA and DR, control storage limits, explore our new UI, and gain entitlement to the IBM Aspera® fasp.io. Gateway.

Augmented security

Benefit from updates in TLS 1.3 and dynamically select the cipherspecs that apply. Using AMS? We have Java keystore protection, PKCS#11 Java support and encryption between queue managers (IBM z/OS® only).

Expanded client application options

Run applications in .NET core, integrate better with IBM WebSphere® Liberty, use Java 11 clients and make managed file transfer agents (MFTs) highly available.

Accelerated Red Hat® OpenShift® experience

Use prebuilt MQ Advanced containers with resilience and security-rich features provided. Benefit from a simplified administration experience by using the MQ Operator.

Choose the best MQ Appliance model for you

Choose from the M2002A and the M2002B. The M2002A has more processors enabled and more disk space available. Want to start with the M2002B? You can upgrade from the M2002B to the M2002A without exchanging the physical appliance. Unsure which is best for you? Talk to your sales advisor about an ROI assessment.

M2002 specifications

RAM and RAID cache

  • 192 GB RAM, 12 x 2666 MHz DDR4 DIMMs
  • 2 GB RAID cache

Ethernet ports

  • 1 GbE ports: 8
  • 10 GbE ports: 6
  • 40 GbE ports: 4
  • 1 GbE management ethernet ports: 2 (1 supporting IPMI)

Processors and disks

  • 2 x 12 core “Skylake” Intel Xeon Gold 6126t processors (6 cores active in B model), 2.60 GHz, Hyperthreading enabled
  • 4 x 3.2 TB SSDs under hardware-controlled mirrored RAID (6 TB effective, 3 TB effective B model)

Product versions

Consider these other deployment options

IBM MQ on 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.

IBM MQ Advanced

Get core IBM MQ functionality, with additional file transfer, end-to-end message data encryption and simplified high-availability capabilities.

IBM MQ for z/OS

With custom code designed for IBM z/OS, IBM MQ is one of the best ways to transfer data on the mainframe. Get the stability, reliability and security-rich messaging that can be used as the foundation of your business.


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

Which option is right for you?

Try IBM MQ on Cloud

MQ on Cloud is the quickest way to get up and running on MQ. Get access to a queue manger 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 from IBM Passport Advantage®. Included are the latest MQ features, in addition to the full capabilities of MQ Advanced.


Download the MQ trial from Passport Advantage →