IBM launches new mainframe for mid-size cos

Rajesh Kurup Orlando | Updated on January 19, 2018 Published on February 17, 2016


IBM has launched a new mainframe for mid-sized organisations, which is designed for hybrid cloud deployments and has advanced security features.

The new system, IBM z13s, is being shipped with cryptography features built into hardware that can encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as predecessor systems, the company said in a statement here.

“Fast and secure transaction processing is core to the IBM mainframe, helping clients grow their digital business in a hybrid cloud environment,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems.

“With the new IBM z13s, clients no longer have to choose between security and performance. This speed of secure transactions, coupled with new analytics technology helping to detect malicious activity and integrated IBM security offerings, will help mid-sized clients grow their organisation with peace of mind," he added.

A typical enterprise can face an average of 81 million security incidents annually. The incidents and threats are escalating and evolving as companies increase interactions to their network through mobile devices and cloud networks, with IDC forecasting 80 per cent enterprise hybrid cloud adoption by 2017.

IBM’s z Systems can encrypt sensitive data without compromising transactional throughput and response time, eliminating what has traditionally been a barrier for IT departments in implementing encryption.

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.

IBM is also working with leaders in the cyber security industry through the “Ready for IBM Security Intelligence” partner programme to help deliver enterprise-wide solutions and offerings tailored to specific client needs. The new partners for z Systems are BlackRidgeTechnology, Forcepoint (a joint venture of Raytheon and Vista Equity Partners) and RSM Partners.

The new z13s would be available by March this year.

(The correspondent is in Orlando at the invitation of IBM to cover IBM PartnerWorld Leadership Conference 2016).

Published on February 17, 2016
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