IBM plans to launch a stripped-down version of its MQSeries message queuing technology for Windows NT developers, at the Electronic Messaging Association?s (EMA's) conference in Philadelphia on 7 April.
MQWare will be marketed as a shrinkwrapped OEM product for ISVs and resellers who wish to develop high availability packages for single NT machines or for clusters communicating over TCP/IP-based networks.
The new version of the asynchronous queueing product will be sold as a software developers' kit for an expected price of $100 per developer, to encourage volume uptake.
Colin Osbourne, IBM?s worldwide business manager for MQSeries, said: ?It?ll be sold to NT developers first because they?re very busy developing new applications, but are under pressure to provide reliability and robustness and solutions of mission critical quality. MQWare is aimed at a different market from MQSeries, which is sold direct to corporates and can run on any platform across the enterprise. With MQWare, we?re talking about closed loop, specific applications for a specific platform that will be sold to ISVs.?
He denied the product would compete against Microsoft?s Wolfpack, which also aims to bring enterprise class functions to NT. He said Wolfpack was primarily aimed at providing clustering capabilities rather than high availability.
MQWare will be positioned as the first product to conform to the Business Quality Messaging (BQM) concept, which is being driven by a group of EMA members, headed by Intel. BQM comprises a set of standard application programming interfaces for suppliers, to provide guaranteed messaging delivery.
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