WebSphere MQ Features
- Delivers reliable application integration for applications and Web services, to fully position your existing software and hardware investments, with the proven, trusted market leader.
- Provides a messaging backbone for deploying your ESB as the connectivity layer of an SOA.
- Helps you increase business flexibility and help with regulatory compliance obligations.
- Offers increased transparency, reliability and audit ability of data movement compared to file transfer (FTP) based approaches.
- Includes Eclipse tooling that enables you to configure your WebSphere MQ network remotely, including WebSphere MQ for z/OS V7.0 deployments.
- Features integrated support for Web services, helping you to swiftly bring reliability, visibility and audit ability to SOAP interactions.
- Helps integrate virtually anything, with support for more than 80 platform configurations, including native z/OS support, with IBM and Business Partner offerings.
- Integrates CICS, IMS™, DB2®, Microsoft® .NET and J2EE™ environments.
- Supports both de facto Message Queue Interface (MQI) and industry standard JMS V1.1 interface, with integrated publish-and-subscribe support.
- Supports secure Internet communication with industry standard Secure Sockets Layer (SSL).
- Offers end-to-end governance with Extended Security Edition.
- Supports IPV6 and awarded Common Criteria certification.
- Offers scalability, availability and performance that grows with your needs.
WebSphere MQ can reduce the risk of data being lost when applications, Web services or networks fail. It also helps ensure that data is not duplicated and is completed as a single unit of work or transaction. This assured delivery means that WebSphere MQ forms the backbone of many critical communication systems and is entrusted with delivering business-critical and high-value data.
WebSphere MQ can deliver information either synchronously or asynchronously depending on the needs of the applications and Web services. It can also be configured to provide a less-robust quality of service for increased performance on less-critical data.
Powerful Development Facilities
WebSphere MQ simplifies integration tasks by providing a functionally rich, yet easy-to-use, application development interface that removes the data movement and storage logic from the application This helps users to focus on the business logic. WebSphere MQ provides a consistent application programming interface, MQI, throughout all its supported platforms, which helps make integrated programs portable.
In addition to this de facto standard interface, WebSphere MQ also fully implements the industry standard Java Message Service (JMS) interface, including support for publish and subscribe messaging.
The WebSphere MQ Explorer tool, included in the product, enables the entire MQ network to be administered and configured remotely. Based on the open source Eclipse™ framework, this administration and configuration tool is extensible.
WebSphere MQ supports Secure Sockets Layer (SSL) for authentication, message integrity checking and encryption for data sent over the Internet. SSL has become the de facto standard for Internet security and is widely available on different operating systems.
WebSphere MQ Extended Security Edition enhances this security support with end-to-end, application-level data protection features.
Available as an upgrade to WebSphere MQ, it enables enterprise-wide, remote management of security polices and can be deployed to existing production environments without changes to existing WebSphere MQ applications.
WebSphere MQ makes an ideal transport for adding reliability and traceability to SOAP interactions between Web services, especially as part of an SOA.
Existing and batch applications that are Web services-enabled can also benefit from using WebSphere MQ in its asynchronous mode as a buffering mechanism, regulating the flow of requests made to these systems.
Reliable File Transfer
WebSphere MQ reduces the time and skills required to be productive with a new File Transfer application that provides a simple GUI tool to move files over the MQ network with reliability.
In addition, simple scripting commands for file transfer enable batches of files to be transferred, triggered by the operating system or by applications.
WebSphere MQ supports clustering for dynamically distributing messaging workload throughout available MQ resources.
WebSphere MQ helps users send business information to other parts of their business or to business partners or customers without waiting for it to arrive. Many WebSphere MQ users feel safe knowing that as soon as recipients are able to receive it, the information will be delivered. This is particularly useful when the sender and recipient work in different time zones or in different countries.
Time-independent (asynchronous) messaging decouples applications. When applications are running and the network is up, WebSphere MQ in asynchronous mode delivers messages just as quickly as in synchronous mode.
Asynchronous messaging enables the messaging layer to cope better with situations where parts of the architecture are unavailable. If this happens, the messages are kept safe and data is eventually processed when it can be.
Most enterprises today are large, distributed organizations that have accumulated, written or acquired a range of diverse IT systems, often independently over time. In today’s fast-paced business environment, organizations need to invest in using the power of integration to increase their responsiveness and flexibility, instead of wrestling with underlying network complexities to connect applications.
Maintaining home-grown approaches for connecting applications wastefully diverts valuable skills and time away from higher-level integration concerns.
Offloading these time-consuming tasks to WebSphere MQ frees Systems Integrators and Application Developers to apply their skills to higher level integration challenges that bring further benefits to the IT department and the business.
Support For Growth
WebSphere MQ does more than just enable customers to manage the technology they have more effectively. It also gives them a clear path to the future; a flexible infrastructure in which they can develop and deploy new applications faster and more cost effectively, without writing complex communications code.
Both WebSphere MQ and WebSphere Application Server provide messaging resources that can form the foundation for a company’s ESB, which can grow incrementally with their business needs.