We can make your IBM estate ready for a hybrid and event-driven world.
We wanted to get away from incumbent vendors like TIBCO RV, TIBCO EMS, and IBM MQ. We had all of these different messaging systems, and I was deploying them across hundreds and hundreds of servers. Every time I needed to make a change to that environment… it was very difficult to do it in a way that didn’t cause some form of disruption.”
Global Head of Market Data at RBC Capital Markets
MQ was the default. Now, it’s a barrier.
What was once a default messaging layer for your on-premises IBM estate
is now a barrier to your enterprise’s modernization.
Lack of in-service upgrades, restrictive public-cloud integration, and rigid topic management are all barriers to real-time use cases.
Prone to split-brain scenarios and needs expensive licenses to implement proper HA/DR.
Protocol support, DR support, and upgrade paths all significantly vary by form factor.
Built for batch processing and request/reply interactions, it cannot help you sense and respond to business events.
Let us get you what you need
Get a truly hybrid implementation while escaping cloud lock-in.
Build modern applications that take advantage of the right protocol, form factor and public cloud.
Make always available possible with in-service upgrades and constraint-sensitive high availability.
We have helped enterprises reduce their MQ estate with the following model:
Solace PubSub+ Platform helps enterprises design, deploy, and manage event-driven applications across their hybrid cloud, multi-cloud and IoT environments. For a closer look at how PubSub+ overcomes the limitations of IBM MQ, download this datasheet.
Banks, capital markets, telcos… they are all moving on
Large American Bank
This bank was spending a massive amount of time and money maintaining and upgrading MQ. As payments modernized, they wanted to event-enable their infrastructure so they could publish credit card authorization events to other applications for purposes such as loyalty programs and fraud prevention.
They consolidated 1,500 IBM MQ QManagers to just 14 PubSub+ appliances. They event-enabled numerous applications, including those running on the Mainframe (TPF), which can now publish to the event mesh via MQTT. They also used PubSub+ to connect many apps that rely on WebSphere, IBM Integration Bus, and DataPower.
“Upgrading MQ used to take 30 engineers a year and cost about $10 million. Two engineers just upgraded all of our PubSub+ appliances in 9 days at virtually no cost.” -Director of Middleware
British Financial Services Firm
Like many companies, this financial institution used MQ as its core messaging backbone for decades.
They wanted to move toward a simpler, homogenous event-driven core communication fabric, and after evaluating PubSub+ and Apache Kafka they picked PubSub+. Their current payment application is even communicating to PubSub+ directly from the Mainframe via zOS using the Solace JMS APIs. This gives the end-to-end DevOps, including monitoring and tracking across an event mesh, that delivers many performance and cost benefits.
Large Indian Telco
This company had serious technical issues with IBM MQ. Their most significant pain point was burst-handling for their prepaid recharge. As MQ could not handle the load, the prepaid recharge flows (20K messages per second) were handled via files in batches.
They migrated their prepaid recharge flows to PubSub+ so pre-paid recharge requests could flow in real-time. PubSub+ handles bursts by buffering messages so they can be delivered ASAP without ever putting back-pressure on publishing applications. The result: 97.5% of recharges now happen in less than 5 seconds.
Your problem is our problem.
We can help you modernize. Use the following resources to build a case to modernize your middleware:
DataPower to MQ flows can be replaced with REST over HTTP POST connectivity to Solace
MQ Queues (Local as well as Cluster Queue) can be replaced by Solace Queue / Durable Topic endpoints
DataPower integration with other endpoints should remain the same except for replacement of MQ connectivity endpoints
Using DataPower as a B2B/B2C Gateway
Typically, DataPower appliances are hosted in a DMZ, passing traffic to a core network containing another set of DataPower appliances or an MQ Cluster. PubSub+ is a natural choice for MQ replacement in this scenario as it provides a complete datapath eliminating MQ clusters.