Volume 11, Number 3 -- January 25, 2011

Capitalware Unveils New WebSphere MQ Auditing Tool

Published: January 25, 2011

by Alex Woodie

Organizations that are concerned with what's going on within their WebSphere MQ implementation may want to consider an affordable MQ auditing tool unveiled recently by Capitalware. MQ Auditor, which was unveiled in November, supports IBM i and other platforms, and starts at $229 per queue.

MQ Auditor (MQA) enables an organization to track all MQ API calls performed by MQ applications that are connected to a queue manager, according to Capitalware, which specializes in creating WebSphere MQ utilities. The software converts into a human-readable format all the details of more than 30 different API calls in WebSphere MQ versions 5.3, 6.0, and 7.0.

Capitalware gives users the capability to filter the data collected with MQA version 1.1 in three ways, including by application name, by user ID, and by MQ queues. Data collected by MQA is placed into a separate file or queue, and is presented in the comma separated value (CSV) format.

To prevent MQA from creating an endlessly looping job, Capitalware advises customers not to point MQA's output file to an MQ queue that could be monitored, but to a separate file. (Pointing it to an MQ queue would create the dangerous situation where MQA continuously audits its own audit.)

MQA is the 11th WebSphere MQ-related product to come out of Capitalware, which is based in Markham, Ontario. Capitalware was founded by MQ expert Roger Lacroix, who has been working with MQ for most of the past two decades.

Lacroix is a devout practitioner of the WebSphere MQ arts. "In 1994, I was introduced to MQSeries (now called WebSphere MQ) and I thought it was the next best thing since man discovered fire," Lacroix writes in his new blog.

MQA is available as an exit program for IBM i, as a DLL for Windows, and as a non-GUI shared library for Unix and Linux. Pricing starts at $229 per monitored queue for volume deals, or $299 without the volume rate. Enterprise licenses cost $55,000. The annual maintenance fee is 15 percent.

For more information on MQQ and trial downloads, see the company's website at www.capitalware.biz.


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