Candle Readies MQSI 2.0 Management Package

According to Candle, an updated version of its monitoring tool for IBM's newly icon-driven MQSeries Integrator (MQSI) 2.0 will make integrating and monitoring applications easier and faster.

MQSeries is messaging middleware that makes data and applications on one platform available to those of another. "It's the basis for enterprise application integration," said Susan Eustis, president of WinterGreen Research Inc. in Lexington, Mass.

MQSI lets information technology managers integrate applications in an MQSeries environment. Version 2.0, released this spring, offers drag-and-drop, icon-driven application integration and support for XML, along with proprietary databases and applications.

At The Prudential Insurance Company of America in Roseland, N.J., MQSeries manager Tim Halbur said he's eager to beta-test Candle Command Center (CCC) for MQSI 2.0. Prudential business units had little interest in MQSI 1.1, Halbur said.

"The difference between MQSI 1.1 and 2.0 is night and day," he said. Halbur said he has plans for two CCC for MQSI 2.0 pilots.

For Prudential's financial management division, the application will provide price quotes, he said. For the insurance division, a pilot application will give brokers access to data in all of Prudential's legacy systems.

With MQSI 2.0, "if you have an application you need, you can slap a pretty face in Java or whatever on the front end and give the user access to all your legacy data, whether it's mainframe or AIX or NT or whatever," Halbur said.

Customization on Wish List

On Halbur's wish list: Greater ability to customize what he monitors for his application owners, because "everyone wants to measure something different," he said. But "Candle has some ideas there," and Prudential has a history with the company, he said.

When Prudential first implemented MQSeries in 1996, "we knew we needed to monitor it," Halbur said. He evaluated several tools and did trial runs of Tivoli Systems Inc.'s TME 10 for MQSeries and the CCC for MQSeries management package.

A combination of ease of use and out-of-band, or non-MQSeries, messaging for reporting and monitoring data tipped the scales in favor of the Candle product, Halbur said.

Eustis called CCC for MQSI 2.0 "a strong tool, as are all of Candle's MQSeries tools." Although other good tools exist, of the US$67 million MQSeries management software market last year, El Segundo, Calif.-based Candle held 57 percent, Tivoli had 28 percent and BMC Software Inc. held 8 percent, she said.

"MQSeries Integrator for handhelds will open systems up and make them available anywhere. The phones are ringing off the hook for this one," Eustis said.

CCC for MQSI 2.0 will be available in November and cost $US22,000 per MQSI server, a Candle spokeswoman said.

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