Making a Happy Marriage of WebSphere & TIBCO Infrastructures (Part 1 of 6)

Nastel_IT_Layer_Web(First of a six-part blog series that describes how a team of IT pros and managers at one of the world’s largest global banks accommodated a bank acquisition and mastered a complex messaging environment.)

In the beginning, there was darkness…

Ok, I’m being a bit overly dramatic. What was happening in New York a couple of years ago at a really big global bank with almost U.S. $2 trillion in total assets—let’s call it MegaBank—was a serious lack of control. Continue reading

Self-service, the DIY for WebSphere

DIY or do it yourself for WebSphere MQ (WMQ)


The DIY (do it yourself) movement while ageless, is experiencing a rising tide of popularity possibly due the economy’s lethargic performance.  You can judge it’s popularity yourself, just based on the number of cable channels dedicated to building anything from a bookshelf to an entire new house.  Homeowners needing to do more with less take on tasks that previously they would have called in an expert or specialist to do.  With a little help from the DIY channels, they get the job done.   What about IT Ops and DevOps?  While company profits have increased, the budget’s for many IT teams has remained flat. And yet, there is still work to do. The concept of “self-service” is the IT world’s answer to DIY.  One area needing self-service is WebSphere management and monitoring.

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Nastel: a Gold Sponsor of the MQ Tech Conference

Win a tablet at the Nastel booth at the MQ Tech ConferenceMeet Nastel at the MQ Technical Conference at the Kalahari Resort in Sandusky Ohio.  We will be there for three days, from September 23 – 27.

Don’t miss the raffle we are sponsoring for a Galaxy Tablet.

Nastel will have a live demo of AutoPilot and is happy to answer all of your questions on real-time middleware-centric application performance monitoring.

In addition, Nastel’s VP of Engineering, Richard Nikula will present a session, entitled: Using a Simple Benchmark to Understand Your Queue Managers


Impact 2013 – Nastel will demonstrate its solutions for real-time monitoring of WebSphere

See Nastel at Impact 2013 in booth z2Nastel will be in booth z2 at IBM Impact 2013 in Las Vegas from April 28th – May 2nd and will be demonstrating our solutions for real-time monitoring and management of WebSphere and other applications.

Please stop by our booth and say hello.

We are also sponsoring a session: How Technology is used at a Customer for real-time monitoring of Dodd-Frank Trade Reporting (Session: BPB-3197)

This session will be on Monday, 4/29 at 12 PM in the Venetian – Marcello 4403 room.

Need to run multiple installations of WebSphere MQ?

Running Multiple Versions of WebSphere MQDo you need to run multiple versions of WebSphere MQ, 7.1 and 7.5?

You can.  We have a TechTalk by our VP of Engineering, Richard Nikula scheduled that will help you out with this topic.

Here are 3 Reasons to attend:

  1. Learn how to install multiple implementations
  2. Find out about some of the challenges of running 7.01.x and 7.5
  3. Hear about the difference between coexistent and multiple installation support

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Where are YOU in the Queue?

Where Are You In The Queue.Since the early versions of WebSphere MQ, IBM has traditionally delivered a new release about every 2-3 years.  With 2 releases of WebSphere MQ in the last 6 months, it does make you take notice.  Nastel recently did a TechTalk and published a white paper on 7.1 and 7.5 which went into more details on the features.   Continue reading

What’s new, MQ?

What's new in WebSphere MQ 7.1 & 7.5Are you tossing and turning at night trying to wrap your head around the new features WebSphere MQ 7.1 and 7.5? If this describes you, well you’re in luck. Our Tech Talk series continues with our 2nd event, What’s New in WebSphere MQ 7.1 and 7.5.” Please listen to the on-demand recording of our recent TechTalk for a walk through of WMQ 7.1’s new features and those that have been recently added to WMQ 7.5.

Check it out here here.

Help Find My Lost Payment

Help find my lost paymentWhat happens if a payment doesn’t arrive on time or fails during the transaction? How quickly can your organization react before this becomes a costly error to the business? What can you do now to ensure this does not become a reoccurring problem? As technology continues to evolve, middleware-centric enterprises can use middleware monitoring tools to track transactions in real-time, determine performance problems and help reduce the mean time from problem occurrence to resolution. In our “chalk talk” video, Nastel CTO Albert Mavashev provides a more in-depth look and insight into how to monitor, analyze and act using real-time Complex Event Processing analytics to track the behavior of applications and provide an early-warning when they first begin to veer from business normal.  To view this video, please visit here.

Creating a Signature Dish: A Recipe for Success

APM as a recipe for success - the signature dishThe key to mastering any recipe is finding the perfect balance of ingredients. English poet William Cowper wrote in his 1785 compilation, The Task, “Variety’s the spice of life, that gives it all its flavor.” It’s a poetic sentiment that needs to come with a caveat: too much spice overwhelms the dish.   Continue reading

Architectural Insights for Deploying WMQ

Architecture and Deployment for WMQ 7WebSphere MQ 7 is an impressive piece of software.  Not only is it easy to install on most platforms, but it is also easy to setup with default options.  However, if we look at the options offered to us while setting up WebSphere MQ and Queue Managers, we will see a lot of flexibility that can help take advantage of a user’s environment.  Two options that I would like go over specifically are:

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