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MQ Channel Encryption Overview

 The MQ Channel Encryption v3.1.2 (MQCE) is a solution that provides encryption for IBM MQ (MQ) message data over MQ channels. In cryptography, encryption is the process of transforming information into an unreadable form (encrypted data). Decryption is the reverse process. It makes the encrypted information readable again. Only those with the key (PassPhrase) can successfully decrypt the encrypted data.

MQCE provides encryption for message data, which flows between MQ resources. MQCE operates with IBM MQ v6.0, v7.0, v7.1, v7.5, v8.0 and v9.0 in Windows, IBM i (OS/400), Unix and Linux environments. It operates with Sender, Receiver, Server, Requester, Cluster-Sender, Cluster-Receiver, Server Connection and Client Connection channels of the MQ queue managers.

MQCE is a simple drop-in solution that provides cryptographic protection for MQ queue managers. The protection can be queue manager to queue manager or client application to queue manager.

The MQCE can be configured as a queue manager channel message exit or as a channel sender/receive exit pair.

MQCE uses Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) to encrypt the data. AES is a data encryption scheme, adopted by the US government, that uses three different key sizes (128-bit, 192-bit, and 256-bit). AES was announced by National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) as U.S. FIPS PUB 197 (FIPS 197) on November 26, 2001.

MQCE uses the SHA-2 to create a cryptographic hash function (digital signature) for the message data.

On IBM i, Linux, Unix and Windows, MQCE can be configured and used with a non-default installation of MQ in a multi-install MQ environment.

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Operating System MQ v6.0, v7.0, v7.1, v7.5, v8.0, & v9.0
AIX v6.1, v7.1 or higher 64-bit
HP-UX IA64 v11.23 or higher 64-bit
IBM i v6.1, v7.1 or higher 64-bit
Linux x86 32-bit
Linux x64 64-bit
Linux on POWER 64-bit
Linux on System z (zSeries) 64-bit
Solaris SPARC v8, v9, v10 & v11 64-bit
Solaris x86_64 v10 & v11 64-bit
Windows 2003, 2008, 2012, Vista, 7, 8, 8.1 & 10 32-bit & 64-bit


Product Price (USD) * Ordering
MQ Channel Encryption (per license**) $299.00  
Yearly maintenance and support fee 15%  
Total $344.00 Buy Now

* Volume discounts available for as low as $199.00 USD per license plus 15% yearly maintenance and support fee.

** MQ Channel Encryption is licensed on a per queue manager basis.

Enterprise License for MQ Channel Encryption:
Enterprise License for MQ Channel Encryption sells for $55,000 USD plus 15% yearly maintenance and support fee. An enterprise license will allow a company to have unlimited number of queue managers use MQ Channel Encryption at an unlimited number of locations.