IBM Announces Z Mainframe With Comprehensive End-to-End Data Encryption For Enterprise

IBM Z mainframe ushers in a new era of data protection with pervasive encryption

IBM's new mainframe automatically encrypts all your company's data

IBM says the z14 has 10 per cent more performance per core than z13, and there are up to 170 configurable cores, meaning up to 35 per cent more total capacity in a single footprint compared to a z13. It also includes new processor designs and upgrades to the operating system, middleware, and databases. "Data centers previously had to decide what they would encrypt". Under the new law, organizations will have to demonstrate that data is encrypted and keys are protected.

The company has rolled out the IBM Z, its next-generation mainframe that's capable of handling 12 billion encrypted transactions a day.

The big iron comes with some big performance beyond encryption. The system runs at 5.2GHz and can support up to 2 million Docker containers or 1,000 concurrent NoSQL databases.

The system has an encryption engine, has a 7x increase in cryptographic performance over the z13, with a 4x increase in silicon dedicated to cryptographic algorithms.

IBM's Z mainframe is set to be most significant system overhaul from IBM in more than 15 years and has been designed with involvement from more than 100 financial services and other industry mainframe clients and users.

Encrypted application programming interfaces so developers can build applications and services. Mainframes are still widely used in financial services.

With close to 70 percent of the world's largest businesses - including those in banking, health care, insurance and retail - running on mainframes, IBM z not only increases power and speed to handle enormous transactions, but also introduces pervasive encryption to dramatically improve data protection and regulatory compliance.

The new system also claims to introduce a breakthrough encryption engine that makes it possible to encrypt all transactional data associated with any application, cloud service or database, meaning less worry about cyber crooks and card thieves going insane after taking your card details.

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In terms of cryptographic capabilities, the IBM Z boasts pervasive encryption that is 18x faster than comparable solutions on x86 systems.

"Of the more than nine billion data records lost or stolen since 2013, only four percent were encrypted, making the vast majority of such data vulnerable to organized cybercrime rings, state actors and employees misusing access to sensitive information". IBM has therefore also announced that six IBM Cloud Blockchain data centres will beusing IBM Z as their encryption engine, namely those in Dallas, London, Frankfurt, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Toronto.

As for pricing, IBM unveiled three container pricing models.

In a statement provided by IBM, International Data Corp. analyst Peter Rutten called the Z "the first system with an all-encompassing solution to the security threats and breaches we've been witnessing in the past 24 months".

The pricing changes are meant to fend off the public cloud as well. "No, I don't think a company would buy a mainframe just for the encryption".

Pund-IT analyst Charles King says, however, that the container pricing approach has the potential to be more cost-effective in the long run than earlier mainframe pricing schemes. Consequently the z14's prime role is to support and continue this installed base revenue stream. Of course, IBM is promising this, and has revealed a new pricing strategy called a "container pricing model", but Mauri wouldn't discuss details, so it's hard to know exactly how the company defines "cost-effective".

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