Posted On: Aug 31, 2017

This new Quick Start automatically deploys a highly available, production-ready IBM MQ server on the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud in about 30 minutes, into a configuration of your choice. 

IBM MQ is messaging middleware that simplifies and accelerates the integration of diverse applications and business data across multiple platforms. It uses message queues to facilitate the exchange of information, and offers a single messaging solution for cloud, mobile, the Internet of Things (IoT), and on-premises environments. 

By connecting virtually everything, from a simple pair of applications to the most complex business environments, IBM MQ helps you improve business responsiveness, control costs, reduce risk, and gain real-time insight from mobile, IoT, and sensor data. 

AWS offers flexible compute, storage, and database services that provide a scalable, secure cloud platform for running IBM MQ. The IBM MQ service on AWS will support client messaging applications from within your VPC, from trusted addresses on the Internet, and via a VPN from your on-premises environment. 

This Quick Start deploys IBM MQ into a virtual private cloud (VPC) in your AWS account. You can build a new VPC for IBM MQ, or deploy the software into your existing VPC. The automated deployment provisions an Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2) instance running IBM MQ in an Auto Scaling group, Amazon Elastic File System (Amazon EFS) for distributed storage, and Elastic Load Balancing to automatically distribute connections to the active IBM MQ server. 

The deployment and configuration tasks are automated by AWS CloudFormation templates that you can customize during launch. You can also use the templates as a starting point for your own implementation, by downloading them from the GitHub repository. The Quick Start includes a guide with step-by-step deployment and configuration instructions.  

To get started with IBM MQ on AWS, use the following resources:

- View the architecture and details
- View the deployment guide
- Browse and launch other AWS Quick Start reference deployments

About Quick Starts
Quick Starts are automated reference deployments for key workloads on the AWS Cloud. Each Quick Start launches, configures, and runs the AWS compute, network, storage, and other services required to deploy a specific workload on AWS, using AWS best practices for security and availability. This Quick Start was created by IBM in partnership with AWS.