IBM MQ typical architecture - Amazon MQ
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IBM MQ typical architecture

Option one: IBM MQ high availability topology running on Amazon

The below diagram shows a typical architecture of IBM MQ connections between two IBM MQ queue managers in a High Availability cluster as seen in many enterprise applications. IBM MQ queue manager QM_ORANGE is deployed in the us-east-1 region and QM_APPLE is deployed in the us-east-2 region.

For application App 1 to communicate with App 2:

  1. App 1 uses a communications channel to send messages to QM_ORANGE on Remote Q1.

  2. Messages from several such queues, though not shown in the diagram, are pooled into transmission Queue Q QM_APPLE.

  3. Sender channels read messages from the transmission queue, and communicate with a receiver channel to place messages on Local Q1 on queue manager QM_APPLE ,which are then consumed by App 2.

Option Two: IBM MQ HA/DR topology running on-premises

In the above diagram, the MQ Cluster is comprised of two separate queue managers and all messages are routed via cluster channels and queueing. If one queue manager fails, messages are then re-routed to another queue manager.

The Server Cluster is made up of just a single queue manager with three distinct IP addresses. In this configuration, all applications are connected to the Server Cluster IP addresses. If failure is detected, the SAN begins pointing to the secondary server. In case, of a failure event, channel connections do not have to be changed, and connectivity remains uninterrupted for users.

The Multi-Instance queue manager is comprised of a single queue manager with identical queues on both servers, and two distinct IP addresses. If failure is detected, a queue manager must be manually activated on the seconrd server and channel connections must be changed, resulting in possible service interruptions.

To ensure disaster recovery, data is replicated in real-time to a separate server in a different location. In case of a disaster, manual effort is required to process the data stored on the Disaster Recovery (DR) server, and change channel connections, resulting in possible service interruptions.