Many of the world’s most successful companies rely on MQ

  • 85% of the Fortune 100¹
  • 96 of the top 100 global banks²
  • 7 of the top 10 manufacturers³
  • 46 of the Global 100⁴
  • 7 of the top 10 global retailers⁵
  • 8 of the world’s top 10 airlines⁶
  • 9 of the top 10 car brands⁷
  • 70% of the Fortune Global 500⁸

Why MQ

Massive amounts of data move as messages between applications, systems and services at any given time. If an application isn’t ready or if there’s a service interruption, messages and transactions can be lost or duplicated, costing businesses time and money to make things right.

IBM has expertly refined MQ over more than 25 years in the market. With MQ, if a message can’t be delivered immediately, it’s secured in a queue where it waits until delivery is assured. Where competitors may deliver messages twice or not at all, MQ moves data, including file data, once — and once only. Never lose a message with MQ.

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Acting as a messaging center between applications on varied platforms, MQ connects virtually everything wherever it is, reducing integration time and cost, and reliably moving messages.


Secure by design — with built-in high availability and disaster recovery — MQ protects data at rest, in-flight and in-memory through fine-grained authentication and powerful data encryption.


Because MQ handles connection and message retries for you, it frees developers to spend time on more critical initiatives. It also easily scales to seamlessly manage changes in transaction volumes.

Built to be better than the rest

Once-and-once-only delivery

MQ’s reliable once-and-once-only delivery lets you feel confident that messages will go through. Others use at-least-once or at-most-once delivery, which can mean duplicate or lost messages.

Asynchronous messaging

MQ acts as a shock absorber between applications in asynchronous messaging environments. If there’s network or application disruption, it holds messages in special queues until everything is running.

Powerful protection

MQ's Transport Layer Security (TLS) protects messages on the wire and built-in access controls guard them on destination queues. For greater end-to-end encryption, try IBM MQ Advanced.

See what updating to MQ V9.1 gives you

  • File Transfer Protocol (FTP) bridge
  • Web graphical user interface with the MQ console
  • REST APIs for administration and messaging
  • RESTful interface for message queue script commands (MQSC)
  • Bridge to Salesforce
  • Logging enhancements
  • Client channel definition table (CCDT) that’s easier to update

Hyperconnected enterprises need MQ Advanced

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With the average cost of a data breach hitting USD 3.86 million globally⁹, businesses that move a lot of highly sensitive information need the powerful features of MQ Advanced. Where MQ protects data on the move, MQ Advanced extends those security features to protect data on the move and at rest — keeping messages encrypted while they’re stored in queues. It also lets you harness simple yet powerful high availability to protect data from unplanned outages. And it offers advanced blockchain coordination and file transfer capabilities that can help modernize your infrastructure.

→ Learn about MQ Advanced

Choose the MQ deployment model that works for you

Deploy MQ in one of four ways. IBM MQ on Cloud makes it easy to be up and running in minutes, with all services and upgrades managed for you and clear pricing levels built around only what you need. MQ on-premises software lets you run MQ on the infrastructure you already have. IBM MQ Appliance gives you the scalability and security of MQ with the simplicity, convenience and low total cost of ownership of a dedicated appliance. And IBM MQ for z/OS® brings the strength of MQ software to the mainframe, letting you move data anywhere in the mainframe environment.

→ Learn about MQ deployment models


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Client stories

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The e-commerce giant uses MQ to boost its brands’ synergies.

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BNY Mellon

MQ helps ensure delivery of sensitive, transactional bank data.

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MQ safely connects medical data across applications and systems.

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Busan Bank

MQ lets out-of-branch salespeople get data, upping productivity.

What’s new with MQ V9.1

Manage MQ in a cloud-native way

New REST APIs and web-based administration accelerate the management and embedding of MQ within DevOps technologies to increase the agility in your development environment.

Build a hybrid cloud messaging platform

Comprehensive support for cloud platforms, such as IBM Cloud Public, IBM Cloud Private, OpenShift, Amazon Web Services and Microsoft Azure, lets you choose the cloud provider that’s right for you.

Simplify your messaging resilience

The new replicated data queue manager (RDQM) feature provides the simplified high availability of a resilient queue manager without the need for highly available network storage.

Enhance your connectivity

As your business grows, you have more systems with more connectivity requirements. MQ offers a wide range of connectivity for developers and now includes messaging patterns.

Which option is right for you?

Try IBM MQ in the 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.

Try MQ on Cloud →

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.

Download the MQ trial from Passport Advantage →