IBM MQ and WebSphere Services

IBM MQ and WebSphere Services


IBM MQ keeps your business running. 

IBM MQ is one of the most trusted message-oriented middleware products available today. MQ runs some of the most critical applications on the market within highly regulated industries ranging from Healthcare to Banking and Finance

Whether you’re in the cloud, on mobile, on-premises, or in the IoT, IBM MQ messaging simplifies, accelerates and facilitates security-rich data exchange.

In order for MQ to maintain these attributes, it’s important to keep it running properly. Just one small production issue can lead to big losses and unhappy customers. There could be a number of reasons why your MQ isn’t running smoothly. At TxMQ our Middleware team ensures complex and critical middle-ware components are performing at optimum levels, no matter the version, platform, or technology. 

IBM MQ and WebShpere Services
IBM MQ and WebShpere Services
Stability and Performance

High performance, stability, and assured message delivery are the main reasons IBM MQ is the preferred messaging backbone for dynamic heterogeneous environments. In order to maintain these benefits, MQ needs to be installed, maintained, and managed properly. Often organizations find it difficult to maintain the skills for Middleware technologies on their own without the in-house resources. At TxMQ our Middleware and MQ teams have extensive real-world industry experience implementing solutions and providing ongoing managed middleware services, on-premise and in the Cloud. 

TxMQ the IBM MQ, and Middelware Experts

At TxMQ we have decades of experience perfecting architectures, integration, and managing MQ deployments in various environments within highly regulated industries when security and stability matter most. Our middleware technicians and subject matter experts help maintain the reliability that you expect with IBM’s MQ and Websphere products.

As an IBM Premier Business Partner with deep skills and extensive experience in middleware, our specialized skill set uniquely qualifies us to provide full MQ and WAS solutions to clients. 

IBM MQ and WebShpere Services
IBM MQ and WebShpere Services
IBM MQ Health Check

Every TxMQ engagement starts with some level of assessment, or IT Health Check, from a technical perspective. At a minimum, project delivery is preceded with a scoping call to identify specific business needs, objectives, and ensure a good fit for TxMQ service delivery.

In some cases, the need is for specific technical skills and expertise with certain combinations of technology. In other cases, the objective is to stand up new technology and assist with adoption into the business model; in other cases, a problem exists in need of a solution. In each case, TxMQ assigns its top analysts and engineers to ensure quality recommendations and speedy resolution. Click below to learn more about our assessment and IT Health Check. 

Key IBM MQ and WebSphere Services:

Consulting | Planning | Support | Integration | Management

Troubleshooting · Eliminating Bottlenecks · Installation · Deployment · Upgrades · End of Service Support · Managed Services · Customized Solutions

TxMQ Process Definitions

Maintenance

Maintenance is the application of a fix pack, interim fix or Program Temporary Fix (PTF).

It has one main characteristic. Those fixes, whether applied using a maintenance installation tool, or installed using a manufacturing refresh on top of an installation, are at the same command level as the existing code. No migration is required after applying maintenance. The installation can be restored to its previous level and any changed queue managers or applications will continue to work at the restored code level.

However you must still test applications using the new level of MQ code.

Upgrade

Upgrading is the process of taking an existing IBM MQ installation and upgrading to a new level of code. Unless you are upgrading the fix level of IBM MQ, but not its command level, an upgrade must be followed by migration.

Upgrades can be backed out, as long as no migration has taken place. The process of removing an upgrade varies by platform and how the upgrade was applied. Upgrades that change the command level of IBM MQ require queue manager migration before applications can reconnect.

Migration

Migration is where one updates the queue manager data to match a newer level of code. This occurs the first time a queue manager is started with the newer level of code.

Migration always follows an upgrade that changes the queue manager command level, both automatic and manual. Migration is the transformation of queue manager data, applications, and the environment that the queue manager runs in.

Once migration has occurred, the queue manager can no longer be started by an earlier code level. On most platforms, queue manager migration is not reversible.

IBM MQ Migration and Upgrade Process

There are many things to consider when planning a migration especially with a tool as important as IBM MQ is to your business. That’s why it’s important to work with an organization with the knowledge and breadth of experience needed to get the job done right the first time.

Below is an example of a typical path we would take during our Upgrade and Migration process

IBM MQ and WebShpere Services

Primary factors impacting migrations are versions involved and the number of changes introduced between the versions. For customers more than n-3 versions back, multiple migrations are required, since migration tools only support n-3 migrations.

Among the most critical steps is the choice of versions to migrate to. As expected, the right answer is “It depends”. Considerations include End of Support dates, stability/maturity in life cycle of product/version release, JEE/JDK levels relative to targeted versions. As well, desired features in the app server play a role, as do versions supported by any vendors involved. There is, in short, no default best answer.

TxMQ Migration Roadmap

Discovery Questionaire

Customer migrations usually begin with an initial assessment and a discovery questionnaire, which we can send in advance, or walk through cooperatively, based on customer preference.

Build Migration Plan

Once this questionnaire and initial assessment are complete, we work to build a migration plan, which includes timelines, and milestones.

Execution

A full migration discussion is a complex conversation. We make sure all the i’s are dotted and the t’s are crossed before we begin the actual migration. Reach out to us today to learn more.

WebSphere Application Server Migrations and Upgrades

IBM MQ and WebShpere Services
Information on WebSphere Application Server (WAS) Migrations and Upgrades

TxMQ offers to work with our customers through IBM’s WebSphere Migration Toolkit. This is a set of tools that helps us with some critical components of the migration itself.

We work with our customers to identify the Java EE technologies used by their platform. Are there deprecated Java EE technologies? Will some/all/none of the applications run in cloud environments? What changes to applications will be needed for successful migration (if any). In truth, we spend a fair amount of time focusing on Java applications.

There are quick initial detailed analysis snapshots available using the binary scanner command line tool. This is ideal for quick evaluation, developers not using Eclipse based IDEs, and access to overview for any possible migration issues.

Are you Running a Version Out of Support?

From time to time IBM retires version of their software because they are unable to support all of the versions simultaneously. This has often been an issue with many of our clients as they don’t feel the need to upgrade from an older version because everything is working just fine. As they say “If it ain’t’ broke, don’t fix it”.

The concern with this approach is you run the risk of security and performance issues. If you’re currently running an outdated version of IBM MQ or WAS, reach out to us to speak to an expert on your migration, upgrade, and back-level support options. 

IBM MQ and WebShpere Services

A full migration or upgrade discussion is a complex conversation, and we look forward to beginning one with you. 

Click below to contact us now and schedule a free Discovery Session with our Subject Matter Experts. 

Introducing The MQ Virtual Appliance
Only From TxMQ!

The Benefits Of IBM’s New MQ Appliance.
In An Easily Managed, Virtualized Solution!
IBM MQ and WebShpere Services

MQ Virtual Appliance

TxMQ is an IBM Premier Business Partner with a proven track record that spans more than 35 years.
We created the MQ Virtual Appliance to offer the Benefits Of IBM’s New MQ Appliance In A Virtualized Solution.
It’s A NEW WAY TO MQ.

With a virtualized appliance, your messaging infrastructure can scale to fit your specific business needs, no matter how large

This new approach to MQ infrastructure is fast to deploy, simple to maintain, reliable, secure and cost-effective

TxMQ can lighten the burden on your IT staff by offering you a capability partnership – no need for your current staff to step away from mission-critical projects

Customize the MQ Console browser-based interface for monitoring and configuration

The MQ Virtual Appliance fits into your current virtual environment and operates in two modes – standalone (SA) or high-availability (HA). Your virtual appliance can be utilized with either VMWare or RHEL 6

MQ means true universal messaging for the digital economy that drives connectivity for the Internet of Things and mobile devices

MQ queue managers can participate in clusters and exchange messages with other MQ queue managers or MQ clients, regardless of how the other queue managers are deployed. The MQ Virtual Appliance provides businesses with an additional deployment option that runs alongside traditional, software-based MQ deployments.

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