Providing Enhanced Connectivity in Heterogeneous IT Environments
Ryan Boyles 100000UX41 firstname.lastname@example.org | | Tags:  cloud connectivity messaging wmb castiron amywohl websphere mq messages wmq
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In both enterprise data centers and smaller computing environments, how you connect different types of IT environments together – and making these connections robust, secure, and reliable -- while at the same time making them easy to create and reasonably priced is a steep challenge. New versions of IBM’s Message Broker and MQ, as well as new tools specifically for the cloud, make this task faster and easier.
Connectivity with Message Broker
IBM WebSphere Message Broker (WMB), an Enterprise Service Bus (ESB), provides universal connectivity and transformation in heterogeneous IT environments. It includes .NET support and direct connectivity to IBM Sterling Direct:Connect. For example, a file-based data network based on Direct:Connect can be connected to a data-based network using Message Broker. The new version of WMB (V8) provides diagnostic tooling that allows data from all sources to be viewed, edited, recorded and replayed.
WMB comes in three versions, an advanced option, the mid-tiered Standard option, and a new Express version, especially designed for the SMB market, with simplified operations and entry-point pricing. Pre-built connectivity patterns, for both applications and specific industries, make it easier and faster to create connections.
All of this means more options for connecting existing and new applications and data, wherever they might be. More results for less work.
IBM WebSphere MQ (MQ) provides reliable, flexible, and secure messaging. MQ provides support for CICS, IMS, DB2, .NET and JEE. It supports flexible configurations and flexible integration and provides guaranteed delivery. This version of MQ makes it easier to enable security around messages without the need to write new code or create wrappers. MQ’s new security configuration wizard eliminates the need for homegrown security. Its extended reach allows for real time updates from business applications, sensors, and mobile devices.
In the Cloud
A special version of MQ, IBM WebSphere MQ Hypervisor Edition for AIX, provides secure messaging for the Cloud, providing MQ messaging solutions for virtualized environments, enabling better utilization of hardware, reducing hardware and software operational and maintenance costs, and connecting multiple virtual machines within a private cloud.
WebSphere Cast Iron Cloud will provide rapid integrations which can reduce project costs by up to 80%, via native connectors and template integration. A wizard-based architecture puts the emphasis on configuration, not coding. Deployment can be based on a physical appliance, a virtual instance, or a cloud service.
Considered together, these announcements make creating reliable, secure, and interconnected environments easier for both large enterprises and smaller businesses, regardless of platform or need.
For more information, explore ibm.com/business-agility and start a conversation with hashtag #bizagility.