A Comparison of Capitalware’s MQ Enterprise Security Suite to IBM’s WebSphere MQ Advanced Message Security

The following is a comparison of Capitalware’s MQ Enterprise Security Suite (MQESS) to IBM’s WebSphere MQ Advanced Message Security (WMQ AMS).

  Capitalware’s
MQESS
IBM’s
WMQ AMS
Authentication Yes NO
End-to-End Encryption Yes Yes
Supported Encryption

  • AES 128-bit
  • AES 192-bit
  • AES 256-bit
 
Yes
Yes
Yes
 
Yes
No
Yes
Digital Signature SHA-2 SHA-1/MD5
Requires the purchase of an SSL certificate for each queue manager (~$400 USD) No Yes
PCI compliant for separation of digital signature and message data in the message payload Yes No
Show encrypted message data to unauthorized users NO Yes
Support Publish/Subscribe Yes No
Channel data conversion Yes No
Support for Java MQ v6 applications Yes No
MQGet with Convert for C/COBOL applications Yes Yes
MQGet with Convert for C++ applications Yes Unknown
MQGet with Convert for Java applications Yes No
MQGet with Convert for .NET (C#) applications Yes No
Distribution lists Yes No
WebSphere MQ classes for .Net in a managed mode Yes No
Message Service client for .Net (XMS) applications Yes No
Message Service client for C/C++ (XMS) applications Yes No
Protection of SYSTEM.* queues Yes Yes
Require application code changes No No
Supported Platform: Unix (AIX, HP-UX & Solaris) Yes Yes
Supported Platform: Linux (x86, x86-64, Power & System z) Yes Yes
Supported Platform: Windows Yes Yes
Supported Platform: IBM i (OS/400) Yes NO
Supported Platform: z/OS Partial** Yes

** Partial means MQAUSX and MQCE are supported on z/OS while MQME is not currently supported on z/OS. It is hoped that IBM will soon introduce API Exit support for z/OS. When an API Exit is supported on z/OS, Capitalware will port MQME to z/OS.

Note: IBM WMQ AMS information was retrieved from WMQ AMS web site and a presentation given by Jack Carnes of IBM.

Capitalware MQESS Pricing:

  • Capitalware’s MQESS is priced at $999.00 USD per distributed queue manager (volume discounts available) plus 15% yearly maintenance and support fee.
  • Capitalware’s MQESS does NOT require the purchase of an SSL certificates.
  • Enterprise License for MQESS sells for $180,000 USD plus 15% yearly maintenance and support fee. An enterprise license will allow a company to have unlimited number of queue managers at an unlimited number of locations.

IBM WMQ AMS Pricing:

  • IBM’s WMQ AMS is priced at roughly 25% of the cost of WMQ Server plus a yearly maintenance and support fee.
  • IBM’s WMQ AMS requires the purchase of an SSL certificate for each queue manager (cost is roughly $400 USD)
  • IBM does not offer an absolute cap on the cost for purchasing WMQ AMS licenses. A company will pay for every license which can add up to millions of dollars.

I hope the above information is useful.

Regards,
Roger Lacroix
Capitalware Inc.

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