• MQ Performance in a Docker container 19 October 2017
    The MQ team has produced a number of blogs on how to get MQ running inside a Docker container, and for anyone that has tried it, you will find a simple method of rapidly deploying an MQ Queue manager across a variety of hardware platforms; but how much cost do you pay in terms of […] […]
    Sam Massey
  • Using IBM Cloud Functions for serverless processing of MQ messages 18 October 2017
    Serverless computing is a runtime programming model in which application developers write business logic without the worry of managing the server infrastructure on which their code runs, and while only paying for the compute resources used while the application is actively processing requests. These twin benefits of reduced complexity and lower costs mean th […]
  • Why have I run out of XCF groups? 12 October 2017
    I was talking to a customer today about a recent problem where they ran out of XCF groups and as a result couldn’t start up their queue managers. The fix for this was to reformat their sysplex couple datasets using a higher value for the ITEM NAME(GROUP) NUMBER( xxx ) parameter. Once they had got […] […]
  • Should I mix persistent and non persistent messages on a queue? 11 October 2017
    This question came up and caused a lot of discussion, as the answer is not a simple yes or no.  If you are interested in making your shared queue queue manager recover a little faster – there is something you can do. Most “simple” applications use persistent or non persistent, but not both. (If they […] […]
  • What authorities to grant for non-mqm users to perform Managed File Transfer actions? 5 October 2017
    IBM Support often receive requests from customers for clarification on which IBM MQ Managed File Transfer (MFT) authorities are required to manage transfers with a user account that is not in the mqm group. Authorities for MFT are explained in several places in the IBM Knowledge Center for different features of the product but there […] […]
  • Configuring Activation Specifications for use with a Highly Available IBM MQ infrastructure 27 September 2017
    Authors: Paul Titheridge and Pete Siddall Summary While there are restrictions, with considered design it is possible for application server activation specifications to work reliably with a highly available IBM MQ messaging configuration to ensure reliable and available message-driven bean (MDB) processing. Here we look at the pitfalls and technologies whic […]
    Pete Siddall
  • How the MQ Managed File Transfer agent property “maxFilesForTransfer” works 26 September 2017
    Someone was asking me the other day about the agent property maxFilesForTransfer. According to the information in the The agent.properties file topic in the MQ sections of IBM Knowledge Center, the property allows users to specify the maximum number of transfer items (files or messages) that can be included in a single managed transfer, and […] […]
  • All you wanted to know about how logging works – and more 22 September 2017
    Someone asked a question on one of my blog posts , and I thought this would be of interest to the wider community. It was easier to write another blog entry on logging rather than expand the original topic. MQ 101 logging introduction. This is very much the concept level and is similar for both […] […]
  • Running the MQ docker image on the Kubernetes service in Bluemix 4 September 2017
    In March, we announced the availability of the IBM MQ Advanced for Developers docker image as part of the Bluemix Container service, which provided a simple way to try out IBM MQ using a cloud deployment. Since that time, the original version of the Bluemix Container Service has been deprecated in favour of the new […] […]
  • AWS Quick Start for IBM MQ 31 August 2017
    At the end of August, IBM and Amazon Web Services announced the first AWS Quick Start to feature an IBM solution. The Quick Start delivers a simple way of creating a secure, highly available MQ environment, built on AWS services in less than 30 minutes. What is an AWS Quick Start? AWS Quick Starts help […] […]
    Jon Tilt