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IBM WebSphere MQ Idle Standby for Linux on System z - license + 1 Year Soft

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  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
  • 1 PVU
  • Passport Advantage Express
  • Linux
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Product Overview
Main Features
  • License + 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
  • 1 PVU
  • Passport Advantage Express
  • Linux
Idle Standby is a licensing option for selected IBM connectivity products. IBM connectivity products deliver messaging and enterprise service bus (ESB) capabilities to support flexible integration with reliability, scalability, and high availability.

The Idle Standby option introduces affordable licensing for scenarios that support the software-based, high-availability capability enabled by the Multi-Instance Queue Manager feature that is delivered in WebSphere MQ. These scenarios are defined by standby instances when connectivity products are idling. This means they are not processing messages or other user data, but are running and are automatically activated in the event of failover by the Multi-Instance capability of the WebSphere MQ runtime.

Technical Specifications
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System Requirements
Platform: Linux

Software
Bundled Support: 1 Year Software Subscription and Support
License Category: License
License Qty: 1 processor value unit (PVU)
License Type: License
Licensing Program: Passport Advantage Express

Service
Support Details Full Contract Period: 1 year

Header
Brand: IBM
Compatibility: Unix
Manufacturer: IBM
Model: Idle Standby for Linux on System z
Packaged Quantity: 1
Product Line: IBM WebSphere MQ

Service & Support
Type: New releases update

Service & Support Details
Service Type: New releases update



Response Time: 2 hours
Service Availability (Hours a Day): Business hours
Service Type: Phone consulting



Service Availability (Days a Week): Monday-Sunday
Service Availability (Hours a Day): 24 hours a day
Service Type: Emergency phone consulting



Service Type: Web knowledge base access



Service Type: E-mail consulting

General
Category: Business applications
Subcategory: Business - content management

Licensing
License Pricing: Volume

Product Reviews
IBM WebSphere MQ Idle Standby for Linux on System z - license is rated 4.2 out of 5 by 13.
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Its versatility and portability are valuable features. Valuable Features:MQ is a very affordable and easy to use messaging product. I like how fast you can write an API and send a message. Thus, its versatility, portability and easy to use functionality are valuable features of this product.Improvements to My Organization:We use MQ for our insurance claims and use it heavily for CICS in the IBM Mainframe and use the IBM IMS for our applications.Room for Improvement:Right now, with the new functions such as z/OS & distributed, I don't see any need for additional features as such. This is because everything that MQ provides, we do it. It's okay right now. Things are working fine.The migration aspect is different and it depends on who is doing it, i.e., whether a person is doing it for the first time or a person who has done it for 18 times. I have done a lot of migrations in MQ, starting from this product version 2 and now it is on version 9. I have done a lot of migrations, so it all depends on how much experience you have, how you set up your migration task and so on. Migration is fine. I don't see any problem there.If IBM develops a tool inside the MQ product for monitoring, then that will be better for the other IBM products available.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution for 17-18 years.Stability Issues:It's a very stable product. Being one of IBM's high-end messaging solution, it's a very robust product.Scalability Issues:We have not had any issues. It is scalable.Technical Support:I use the technical support from time to time in Hursley because MQ is developed in Hursley. I keep in contact with Hursley developers because in my organization, we use MQ a whole lot for our messaging. I am very happy with the support.Other Advice:It is a good messaging product from IBM and is easy to use. It is very affordable and flexible, so I will advise other customers/companies to look into this product and use it.The most important criteria while selecting a vendor are the customer support and easy to use the product. It is also important if the vendors can provide training to the staff and always be behind the customers to help them.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-09
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It delivers the stability and security within our applications that we desire as an organization. Valuable Features:It's certainly a product that you can rely on. It delivers the stability and security within our applications that we desire as an organization.Improvements to My Organization:The time to deployment is quick and easy. Again, it is stable, auditable, and uses automation to deploy products and keep the systems up and running while the business is still functioning.Room for Improvement:I think the cloud is our next solution. Because we’re in the healthcare industry, I want to make sure the security is really strong and capable of keeping our members' data secure.Scalability Issues:It's very scalable. It's very easy to build out with high availability, and you're also able to scale both vertically and horizontally very easily.Initial Setup:I was not involved in the initial setup.Other Solutions Considered:We used all the big players and we chose IBM just because of the fact that we've used them before with other solutions. We know their capabilities. Their delivery solution team has helped guide our solutions across the board and has delivered high availability, high quality to our members.We also used Oracle, and we also used the Tomcats and JBoss product lines.The most important criteria when selecting a vendor is reliability; knowing that they're going to be there to support you when you need them; the ability to bring solutions to an issue in a quick manner that allows you to keep your business going.Other Advice:Every application could always use improvements, but it's a very stable application and delivery solution tool that we are able to implement quickly and add applications to it quickly; keep us going in an ever-changing environment.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from It is robust. Its dependability and reliability are its most valuable features. Valuable Features:The most valuable feature of IBM MQ is that it is robust. Its dependability and reliability are its most valuable features.Improvements to My Organization:It has allowed us to take applications that would not normally be able to communicate, to be able to talk to each other.Room for Improvement:I would like to see more integration into the security back end.Stability Issues:It's very stable.Scalability Issues:It’s very scalable.Technical Support:Technical support is OK. Quicker escalation would make it better.Previous Solutions:This was the first solution of this type and it was the one that was the best fit.Other Advice:It's very stable and it's pretty straightforward. It just needs some more integration features to make better.The most important criteria for me when selecting a solution is that it meets the needs.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Allows close coupling between different domains. Valuable Features:It doesn't lose transactions, it's fast, and it runs on every platform.Improvements to My Organization:The benefits are the same as the most valuable features. Close coupling between different domains, which reduces your total cost of ownership by not inter-tweaking everything.Room for Improvement:For me, there are no areas with room for improvement. We are happy like it is. I don't think we have any special additional needs. I think it does what it's supposed to do and it caters to the requirements we have at this moment.We would actually like some dashboard improvements, because we've set up some manual dashboarding. We use other tools to monitor MQ. But, if that would be a part of MQ, then we're looking at a TCO reduction again. So it would be interesting if we could get rid of these additional tools.For me, the management is lacking. It's doable, but it's not graphical. Almost everything you need to do in command line mode. It's pretty technical.Stability Issues:There is no downtime. It is very stable.Scalability Issues:We have no problems with scalability. It scales all the way around.Technical Support:We have used technical support. For MQ, it's very good, compared to other products.Previous Solutions:We didn’t have a previous solution. There was a new requirement to handle asynchronous transactions, and MQ seemed to be the best solution at that moment.Initial Setup:I was involved in the setup of the distributive systems. It was straightforward.Other Solutions Considered:We did't look at other vendors, because, at that moment, IBM was our preferred partner, and still is, so we first looked at the IBM solution.Other Advice:Just do it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Allows close coupling between different domains. Valuable Features:It doesn't lose transactions, it's fast, and it runs on every platform.Improvements to My Organization:The benefits are the same as the most valuable features. Close coupling between different domains, which reduces your total cost of ownership by not inter-tweaking everything.Room for Improvement:For me, there are no areas with room for improvement. We are happy like it is. I don't think we have any special additional needs. I think it does what it's supposed to do and it caters to the requirements we have at this moment.We would actually like some dashboard improvements, because we've set up some manual dashboarding. We use other tools to monitor MQ. But, if that would be a part of MQ, then we're looking at a TCO reduction again. So it would be interesting if we could get rid of these additional tools.For me, the management is lacking. It's doable, but it's not graphical. Almost everything you need to do in command line mode. It's pretty technical.Stability Issues:There is no downtime. It is very stable.Scalability Issues:We have no problems with scalability. It scales all the way around.Technical Support:We have used technical support. For MQ, it's very good, compared to other products.Previous Solutions:We didn’t have a previous solution. There was a new requirement to handle asynchronous transactions, and MQ seemed to be the best solution at that moment.Initial Setup:I was involved in the setup of the distributive systems. It was straightforward.Other Solutions Considered:We did't look at other vendors, because, at that moment, IBM was our preferred partner, and still is, so we first looked at the IBM solution.Other Advice:Just do it.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-06
Rated 4 out of 5 by from When you're doing maintenance, you can fail over the entire group of queue managers in that HA group or you can fail them individually if you'd like. Valuable Features:I like its ease of administration. We just recently moved to the MQ appliance and the high availability (HA) feature is outstanding. We're really, really pleased with it and the power of the appliance itself. When you throw more work at it, the faster it goes.For example, when you're doing maintenance, you can fail over the entire group of queue managers in that HA group or you can fail them individually if you'd like. So, it's very helpful that way. But that's the manual fail over. The automatic fail over is what we are really interested in. We did have an appliance go down. Everything failed over and none of our clients knew of it. So it was very good. We were very pleased with that.The user interface is good. The command line version of it, MQ CLI, is good. The web user interface is really handy; really a good feature.Improvements to My Organization:It updated everything. We started with Version 7 with Linux and now, with the appliance, it seems to be bringing us more into the 21st century so to speak.Room for Improvement:We have an M2000. The M2001 has a 3 TB SSD, which is a good feature. I wish they had had it when I started. But as we upgrade, in the future, we'll probably move to that. Everything is working properly with the current version.The reason the migrations are an issue is, we came from Version 7.01 and Version 7.5. The security in Version 8 was a little tighter. So, there were a few things we had to learn. Be sure that we were up to speed, so that's all.Stability Issues:We haven’t had any stability problems at all. Stability has been outstanding. We went from multi-instance queue managers, which worked fine, except they worked often. That wasn't good for us. So it was a perceived outage for our clients. The availability has been outstanding with the MQ appliance.Technical Support:I have used support on several occasions. We were an early adopter, and there are always a few bugs along the way. We did use technical support and we went all the way up to the lab a couple of times. It was outstanding as usual.Previous Solutions:We have been an MQ adopter since 1998. We were using z/OS, so we have been using MQ along the way. Then we went to Windows, to Unix, to Linux, and now the appliance.Initial Setup:Actually, setup was straightforward. I'm not a hardware person and it was a first-time setup. It was what they said it was. It wasn't a 30-minute setup, but it was pretty easy.Other Advice:Plan your file systems. Plan your messaging names and your network routes. You want to be ready with everything before you start and once you do that, you're in good shape.When choosing a vendor, I want knowledge and availability. Those are the two things that are most important.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Even if systems are down, when they come back up, it resends the messages. Valuable Features:Specifically for MQ, the most valuable feature is the ability for us to deliver messages between applications using the MQ message queuing.Improvements to My Organization:It's more of a guaranteed delivery. So, even if some of our systems are down at that time of delivering messages, when our systems come back up, it goes ahead and resends the messages, so we ensure that the messages are guaranteed.Room for Improvement:I haven't seen any features that we could exploit today that's not currently available. I think everything that's in there today in terms of features; it meets all of my requirements. Everything that were shortcomings in the past, they've already been addressed from different users. The current version 8 is very stable and contains everything that we need to run our operations.Stability Issues:It's one of our more stable products on the CMS platform. We really haven't had any issues with that in terms of severity incidents, at least of what I'm aware of for the last three years.It's very stable; we've not had to dedicate a lot of resources to support the product and that's a plus.Scalability Issues:We have always had some unexpected workload coming in and we haven't had any issues of scaling up or down as and when we need to, so as to handle larger message workloads.Technical Support:The only time that we have used support is when we do upgrades. We'll talk to IBM and maybe resolve some of the discrepancies in the product. IBM is very helpful. They are very responsive and if they can't answer the question, they find the person that can.Other Advice:Look at the use case and verify that this product, i.e, the IBM MQ, can meet all of those requirements. If not, then go back and say that this is the feature that we probably may need, because every company may be different in terms of requirements for the product. If they have something that is beyond what this product is capable of delivering, then go ahead, open up a price quote for it.It has always delivered and met all of our application requirements. Due to this, it has no shortcomings that I've experienced.The criteria we look for while selecting a vendor are stability, where they are in the market place, what other research firms have placed them for the area we are looking for like Forrester and RAD group. We depend on them a lot to narrow down the number of vendors that we are looking for.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-02
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Support for JMS and integration with WebSphere Application Server are valuable. Valuable Features:* Support for JMS 2.0, because we develop solutions compatible with Java EE7.* Seamless integration with IBM WebSphere Application Server, which is the most stable application server I ever worked with.* Installed and configured at Windows, AIX and IBM i mostly the same way and set of commands.Improvements to My Organization:The product encourages the idea of asynchronous processing, which means that the sender and receiver are not required to be active and running at the same time. The message will be saved to the receiver queue until the system starts successfully and pulls it for processing. This is typically used in all internet banking functions that receive their data from different bank systems.Room for Improvement:They need to add the ability to send full messages (header + payload) from the MQ Explorer program, not just the payload.Use of Solution:We have been using this solution since 2007.Stability Issues:We have not encountered any stability issues.Scalability Issues:We have not encountered any scalability issues.Technical Support:I would rate the technical support as good, 8/10.Previous Solutions:I previously used ActiveMQ ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/apache-activemq ), but I switched to IBM MQ due to the robustness of the solution.Initial Setup:If you are familiar with IBM products, you will find initial setup straightforward.Cost and Licensing Advice:IBM MQ has a flexible license model based on the Processor Value Unit (PVU) and I recommend it.Other Solutions Considered:We evaluated Active MQ ( https://www.itcentralstation.com/products/apache-activemq ) also.Other Advice:I would advise the potential user to read about security considerations and compliance with security standards.Disclaimer: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.
Date published: 2017-04-02
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