IBM encrypts the cloud with z13s mainframe

IBM is not giving up on mainframes in this age of commoditized hardware and open source software


IBM today announced the mainframe z13s, which is optimized for hybrid cloud environments and features baked-in security.

“The new z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that allow it to encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as previous generations, protecting information without compromising performance,” IBM said in a press release announcing the z13s.

On top of that IBM is integrating their security software solutions with the mainframe to “create a more secure foundation for a hybrid cloud infrastructure. IBM also is offering a new Cyber Security Analytics service to z Systems customers that can help identify malicious activity by learning user behavior over time.”

IBM argues that today's cyber criminals are manipulating data, rather than stealing it, compromising its accuracy and reliability. And IBM is introducing the very solution a lot of CIOs will be looking for.

IBM claims that z Systems breaks the barrier IT departments face when implementing encryption because z Systems are capable of encrypting sensitive data without compromising transactional throughput and response time.

“The z13s includes an updated cryptographic and tamper-resistant hardware-accelerated cryptographic coprocessor cards with faster processors and more memory, providing encryption at twice the speed as previous mid-range systems. This means clients can process twice as many high-volume, cryptographically-protected transactions as before without compromising performance. This equates to processing twice as many online or mobile device purchases in the same time helping to lower the cost per transaction,” the company stated in the press release.

According to an estimate cited by IBM in its press release announcing the z13 Mainframes in January 2015, mobile transactions are expected to grow to 40 trillion mobile transactions per day by 2025. And IBM is positioning its z13s systems for this space. IBM claims that z13 systems are capable of processing 2.5 billion transactions a day. That’s like 100 Cyber Mondays every day of the year.

To make z13s more affordable for companies of different sizes IBM is also offering usage-based flexible pricing. In addition to that both z/OS as well as Linux can run on the z13s.

What IBM is doing with their mainframes is telling CIOs that you don’t need a ‘data center’ to run billions of transactions, all you need is a mainframe.

IBM reportedly invested $1 billion over five years to develop the z13 system, which it launched in January 2015.

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