IBM MQ Review
We can pull our legacy data from the mainframe and bring it down into a modern Java front end.

Valuable Features

For MQ, the most valuable feature is our ability to connect our distributed systems back to the mainframe, and pull our legacy data out of the mainframe and bring it down into a modern Java front end.

Improvements to My Organization

It's easy to install and it's bulletproof. We never have an issue with it. The upgrades are easy and IBM support is fantastic.

Room for Improvement

Honestly, the features they just recently released are what I wanted to see. Like I mentioned elsewhere, the appliance device was fantastic. It's MQ in a box, and you just plug it right into the network. I'd like to see improvements around that area, so we can take our z/OS systems into our distributed environments even easier.

Stability Issues

We are very happy with the stability.

Scalability Issues

We are very happy with the scalability. It's easy to scale, easy to cluster, it's highly available, and we love the fact that IBM is now making appliance devices out of MQ, so you can buy them and just rack them right into your data center.

Customer Service and Technical Support

We are very happy with IBM support. Also, their professional services; if you need consulting, they're fantastic.

Previous Solutions

We used this product to solve our initial development solution about 15 years ago. We were coming on with Java, and we needed to connect our distributed front-end Java to our back-end legacy business intelligence code that's all written in COBOL on the mainframe. MQ was just the perfect way to connect.

Initial Setup

I was involved in the setup. It's straightforward, but I had done this before.

Other Solutions Considered

We looked at a couple others, such as RabbitMQ and Sonic. They just didn't have IBM’s weight behind them. I love it.

When looking for a vendor, I look at their reputation, reliability, and a recommendation from the industry like a Gartner report. The Magic Quadrant is huge for us. We look at quadrant leaders all the time when we're taking solutions.

Other Advice

Don't hesitate. Call IBM and get them in there tomorrow.

Disclosure: I am a real user, and this review is based on my own experience and opinions.

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