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IBM unveils new mainframe for encrypted hybrid clouds

Cloud computing conceptIBM has recently unveiled a new mainframe, bringing the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to mid-sized organisations.

According to the company, the new system, IBM z13s, is enabled and optimised for hybrid cloud environments and can help secure critical information and transactions better than before. IBM also announced new security partnerships and newly integrated features for the mainframe:

  • Security embedded into hardware 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.
  • Intelligent security capabilities – IBM is integrating mainframe technology with IBM Security software solutions 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 behaviour over time.
  • Expanded partner ecosystem – IBM is 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.

“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.”

Total system security requires deep knowledge of specific industries and threats. That is why IBM is working with other leaders in the field to augment its own solutions. IBM’s strategic partnership programme for security, ‘Ready for IBM Security Intelligence,’ now includes more software applications from key ISVs integrating their solutions for z Systems. As the programme extends to z Systems, it will provide an additional layer of protection and access governance to critical applications, resources and data that reside on the mainframe.

The new z13s’ planned availability will be March of this year. IBM Global Financing leases and payment plans are available from IBM and IBM Business Partners and provide flexible terms and conditions that can be tailored to meet each customer’s needs to upgrade from older models to z13s, convert an owned z system to leasing while upgrading or acquiring a net new z13s. Promotional offers include 90 days deferred payment for new credit-qualified customers.

 

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