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  • kung

    June 10, 2020 at 4:19 pm

    scenario: “A company has a suite of IBM products in their on-premises data center such as IBM WebSphere, IBM MQ, and IBM DB2 servers. You are instructed to migrate all of their systems to AWS in the most cost-effective way and improve the availability of your cloud infrastructure.
    Which of the following is the MOST suitable solution that you have to implement to meet the requirement?”

    Regarding the part in one of the answer: “Use Amazon MQ to migrate IBM MQ.”

    The given explanation states:

    “Don’t forget that Amazon MQ is a managed message broker service for Apache ActiveMQ, and not for IBM MQ. The scenario explicitly mentioned that you need to migrate their architecture to AWS and not to re-architect the systems and services they are currently using. This means that you should not replace IBM MQ with Amazon MQ since the company still has a valid license in using the IBM MQ, which will be unutilized. A better way to migrate your IBM MQ is to host it to a separate EC2 instance.”

    But there is actually nothing mentioned about how (not) to migrate (The 6 R’s: rehost or replatform or refactor etc.)! Replatform is still a reasonable cost-effective way,

    Also not mentioned why they want to migrate (maybe because their license is ending!?)

    Note also that migration from IBM MQ to Amazon MQ is possible:,connectivity%20with%20the%20AWS%20Cloud.

    So the explanation is ‘making up’ a lot of ‘facts’ which are not given in the scenario I think!


  • TutorialsDojo-Support

    June 13, 2020 at 10:49 am

    Hello Robert,

    Thanks for your feedback.

    AWS does not yet have a dedicated service to convert/migrate IBM MQ to Amazon MQ. I understand that there is a way to migrate IBM MQ to Amazon MQ but this involves several stages for the migration as compared to just hosting the IBM MQ on your own set of EC2 instances.

    Still, we’ll update the question and explanation to better reflect this scenario and avoid confusion.


    Kenneth Samonte @ Tutorials Dojo

  • illerax

    June 18, 2020 at 12:45 am

    I’d like to add that this blog post ( describes how to migrate IBM MQ to Amazon MQ without interruptions. If some downtime is allowed then migration process could be much simplier due to the fact that there are no need to change in producers/consumers code.

    And second one is licensing. Why it is correct to keep IBM MQ license but drop IBM DB2 licence?



  • Jon-Bonso

    June 18, 2020 at 9:23 am

    Thanks, Robert and Eugene for sharing your thoughts on this scenario. I have made the necessary updates for this item and the changes will be reflected in our practice tests soon.

    Let us know if you need further assistance. The Tutorials Dojo team is dedicated to help you pass your AWS exam on your first try!


    Jon Bonso @ Tutorials Dojo

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