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MQ Connects The World
Ryan Boyles 100000UX41 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  wmq mq websphere messaging connectivity
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Guest post by Leif Davidsen, Product Management, IBM Software, WebSphere Messaging Portfolio
If you want to connect the world, where do you start? As with all large tasks, you need to start with a first step, and it is best to have a plan of what you want to do, and how you want to do it.
Businesses have been trying to connect together their applications, systems and services for many years now, and the connectivity approach many of the more successful businesses have used is messaging. This helps to decouple links between application endpoint, enabling any type of data to be sent pretty much anywhere without disrupting the applications. The archetypal solution in this space for nearly 20 years has been WebSphere MQ. With coverage across all major commercial platforms, it is relied upon by thousands of businesses to connect their infrastructure simply, reliably, securely and rapidly. There are of course competing solutions, but very few offer the proven record, the breadth and completeness of solution or the ability to connect together quite so many applications and end-points.
But does this model fit the ever changing needs of business infrastructure as we move forward. Is this a shrinking market, stable, or growing as fast as it has been in the past? A new report by WinterGreen on the Middleware Messaging Market covers Market Shares, Strategies and Forecast for 2012-2018.
With explosive growth coming from Cloud, Real-time computing and Mobile, the smart thing to do is to figure out if this will require increased connectivity, and whether messaging continues to provide the right solution to deliver all your business data to anywhere in your enterprise, and beyond.
With WebSphere MQ having been recently updated to WebSphere MQ V7.5, which now includes the addition of Managed File Transfer, End-to-end encryption and standards based connectivity to mobile and physical devices to complement the core application messaging, it is well placed for many of these changes. The recent update to WebSphere MQ Hypervisor Edition for Red Hat Enterprise Linux Server allows full support for deployment into private clouds or virtualized environments such as IBM PureApplication System.
However the business infrastructure changes, WebSphere MQ will be there to connect applications, systems, services and more, ensuring that all types of data can be put to effective and timely use in virtually all environments.
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