WebLayers Extends IT Governance for IBM WebSphere MQ

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WebLayers, a governance solutions provider, has announced new IT governance software for IBM WebSphere MQ, the leading messaging middleware platform. The WebLayers distributed governors for IBM WebSphere MQ package is designed to ensure that configuration and deployment of customers' messaging infrastructures are in accordance with established guidelines and best practices. This helps customers more easily adhere to IT policies as well as security and regulatory compliance mandates.

The ability to better govern messaging from the MQ platform adds a critical component to enterprise IT operations, Jeff Papows, president and CEO of WebLayers, tells 5 Minute Briefing. "There's nothing missing from the IBM WebSphere MQ environments, per se, as we've all become familiar with the leading messaging middleware," he says. "Where WebLayers comes in is to complement WebSphere MQ by providing IT governance for the message queues. Think about the new WebLayers governors as a tour guide, if you will, that helps ensure that the messages routed through WebSphere MQ reach their intended destination and will not be slowed down due to dark alleys, one-way streets or dead end queues in the infrastructure."

The new governors from WebLayers scan the IBM WebSphere MQ Queue Managers and related queues to better ensure that they are in compliance. This is achieved through IT governance that enables users to gain a better view of the way that the queue manager was configured, and to mitigate potential risks before they expose the infrastructure to vulnerabilities such as security breaches or inaccurate data transmissions.

WebLayers, an IBM business partner, has developed a library of policies dedicated to IBM middleware, including more than 90 IBM WebSphere MQ policies that can also be extended throughout the infrastructure to include external third parties

as well as mainframe environments. More specifically, the new WebLayers software for IBM WebSphere MQ comes with out-of-the-box policies for deploying WebSphere MQ queue managers, transmission queues, channels and messages. Additional features include the ability to create custom policies, validate existing services, and capture and display metrics related to design time flaws and policy violations using sophisticated data analytics.

WebLayers software recognizes potential policy violations prior, during or post deployment to diffuse potential production issues. This helps customers proactively halt the proliferation of erroneous configurations that can compromise the integrity of IBM WebSphere MQ transactions and expose customers to risk. The product also integrates with current WebLayers SOA governance solutions, Papows says. "If a customer has an SOA governance solution in place based on WebLayers, that will provide end-to-end IT governance across the entire lifecycle that can include WebSphere MQ. WebLayers can govern the entire infrastructure while WebSphere MQ is used a secure messaging middleware within that infrastructure."

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