The MQ Service Layer
Client applications must connect to the queue manager of the WebSphere MQ server for transmitting messages. If the queue manager is unavailable, inter-component traffic could come to a halt! The test associated with the MQ Service layer (see Figure 1) periodically checks whether the queue manager is available or not, and alerts administrators of its state, so that the impending communication loss can be averted. The test also reports on the time taken to connect to the queue manager, so that potential connection slowdowns can be promptly identified.