Additional requirements for IIM - Sterling Integrator

If you are installing Sterling B2B Integrator by using the IBM Installation Manager, you must consider additional system requirements.

  • IBM Installation Manager
  • Java Requirements
  • Virtualization support

IBM Installation Manager

Installation Manager is used to install Sterling B2B Integrator.

IBM Installation Manager V1.8.8 is included with Sterling B2B Integrator.

For information about how the Installation Manager is used to install Sterling B2B Integrator, see the installation documentation at The IBM Installation Manager (IIM).

For more information about the Installation Manager, see https://www.ibm.com/support/knowledgecenter/SSDV2W/im_family_welcome.html.

Minimum hardware requirement on IIM

The minimum hardware size published on Software Product Compatibility Reports is based on the defined use case for AS2 Inbound/Outbound file transfer with 10KB and 5MB payload sizes. For 10KB payload size the target throughput is 600 docs/min and for 5MB payload size the target throughput is 50 docs/min.

In case of AS2 Inbound, the transferred payload is already encrypted, compressed and signed. Once the payload reaches the B2Bi server, it gets decrypted, verified, de-compressed and the MDN gets triggered back to the sender.

In case of AS2 Outbound, the payload gets encrypted, compressed, and signed and then it is transferred to the receiver. Once the payload reaches the receiver, it gets decrypted, verified, de-compressed and the MDN gets triggered back to the sender.

Note: Use case other than the above mentioned is not applicable to the minimum hardware size published on Software Product Compatibility Reports. Also, they may not support any increase in capability required by the particulars of your implementation, such as the number of transactions processed and the amount of data transferred.

Java requirements

Java software required for installing IBM® Sterling B2B Integrator is included with the download or media.

Important: JDK 8 is the only supported JDK version for IBM Sterling B2B Integrator 6.0 and later versions.
 
Java (All platforms)

Consider the following points for the Java software that is required.

  • The required 64-bit JDK files for Windows, AIX®, and Linux® platforms are provided with the product download or media.
  • Determine the correct JDK or JRE for your installation of Sterling B2B Integrator based on the detailed system requirements.
  • For other IBM Java software, refer to IBM developerWorks®.
JCE requirements (All platforms)

The IBM Unrestricted SDK JCE policy files are required for all platforms supported by Sterling B2B Integrator.

The IBM Unrestricted SDK JCE policy files can be downloaded at http://www.ibm.com/marketing/iwm/iwm/web/preLogin.do?source=jcesdk.

Map Editor Java requirements

To ensure the Map Editor runs properly on your Windows client system, be sure your system meets the Java requirements.

  • The IBM JDK and JRE for Windows are available only as part of an IBM product. The 32-bit java files can be obtained from Fix Central.
  • To save your source map as an XML file (.mxl file extension) using the Map Editor, you must have Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 4.0 installed on the same computer as Map Editor. If you do not have Microsoft XML Core Services (MSXML) 4.0 installed, you cannot save source maps as .mxl files and must use the .map extension.

Virtualization support

Sterling B2B Integrator supports Virtualization on many systems.

Performance Considerations for RISC and x86/x64 architectures

While employing virtualization is common in environments, for performance reasons, it is expected in sizing practices provided by IBM or otherwise that the architecture utilizes dedicated resources for CPU, memory and I/O devices such as disks, network, and so on.

This ensures that Sterling B2B Integrator receives consistent access to the resources required to run the application. Those resources should not be shared (or over-shared) in a VM environment.

Virtualization support for RISC-based systems

Operating system native clustering, partitioning, or virtualization are supported for all RISC-based platforms that Sterling B2B Integrator supports.

Table 1. Virtualization support for RISC-based systems
Platform
Details
AIX® on P5 and above
  • Partitioning/Virtualization – PowerVM, LPAR, dLPAR
  • Clustering/Failover – HACMP
Attention: IBM® does not support Linux® or Windows on virtualized RISC servers. Use caution when you use virtualization to avoid configuration or operations that change the IP addresses used by Sterling B2B Integrator. The mechanisms in this list are supported generally and the list does not imply that IBM uses these virtualization mechanisms internally.
 
Virtualization support for x86/x64-based systems

IBM cannot maintain all possible combinations of virtualized platforms. However, IBM generally supports all enterprise class virtualization mechanisms, such as VMware ESX, VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere, Citrix Xen Hypervisor, KVM (Kernel-based virtual machine), and Microsoft Hyper-V Server.

Additional Considerations for RISC and x86/x64 architectures

IBM investigates and troubleshoots a problem until it is determined that the problem is due to virtualization. The following guidelines apply:

  • If we suspect that a specific issue is happening because the system is virtualized and we cannot reproduce the problem in our non-virtualized environment, we will request that you demonstrate the issue to us in a live meeting session. IBM may also require that further troubleshooting be done jointly on your test environment, as we do not have all types and versions of VM software installed in-house.
  • If we are unable to reproduce the issue in-house in a non-virtualized environment and troubleshooting together on your environment indicates that the issue is with the VM software itself, we will request that you open a Support ticket with the VM software provider. IBM can meet with the provider and you to share any information we have which would help the provider further troubleshoot the issue on your behalf.
  • If you choose to use virtualization, you must balance the virtualization benefits against its performance impacts. IBM does not provide advice regarding configuring, administering, or tuning virtualization platforms.

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