IBM Mainframes, the IBM Z Series, and the new IBM z15


Following the growing adoption of hybrid multicloud environments, data breaches are increasingly caused by the movement of data between partners and third parties.

In 2018, 60% of businesses reported a data breach caused by a vendor or third party.

You can now ensure your clients can efficiently manage who can and who can’t access data across the hybrid cloud.

In an industry-first, IBM z15™ is a new enterprise platform delivering the ability to manage the privacy of customer data across hybrid multicloud environments.

The IBM z15 culminates four years of development with over 3,000 IBM Z patents issued or in process, representing a collaboration with input from over 100 companies.


Securing the Moving of Mission-Critical Work to the Cloud

Most businesses today have already completed the first 20% of their cloud journey.

By delivering a hyper-secure, agile and continuously available platform, IBM z15 is uniquely positioned to help companies take the next step in their digital transformation – moving the other 80% of mission critical workloads to the cloud

That’s why two-thirds of the Fortune 100 are using the IBM Z series as the centre of a secured hybrid cloud strategy.


The Key Innovations in IBM System Z

Encryption Everywhere

IBM’s new Data Privacy Passports technology builds upon pervasive encryption to enable control over how data is stored and shared.

It grants the ability to protect and provision data and revoke access to that data at any time, not only within the IBM z15 environment but across an enterprise’s hybrid multicloud environment.

IBM z15 can also encrypt data everywhere, even across hybrid multicloud environments, ensuring enterprises can secure their data wherever it travels.


Cloud-Native Development

Businesses with mission-critical workloads are already using IBM system Z to build, deploy and manage next-gen apps and protect data through advanced security.

It provides a competitive advantage by optimising the evolving process of app modernisation, allowing the creation of new cloud-native apps and the secure integration of their most important workloads across clouds.


Instant Recovery

In yet another industry-first, IBM z15 limits the cost and impact of planned and unplanned downtime.

It enables access to full system capacity to accelerate shutdown and the restarting of IBM Z services, providing a temporary capacity boost to rapidly recover from lost time.


Tailored-Fit Pricing

A simple cloud pricing model for today’s enterprise IT environment, Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z is designed to deliver the transparency and flexibility of consumption-based pricing, with economies of scale for workloads on IBM z/OS.


What is a mainframe? Read more about IBM Z Series here:

IBM z15: Multicloud makes the case for why mainframes still matter

TechRepublic, James Sanders

IBM’s rethinking what a mainframe should be in the age of cloud computing. Here’s why it matters for the enterprise.

While purely public cloud adoption is a viable strategy for some businesses, the fact remains that data silos in the interest of centralization—for high volume, central point-of-authority operations—persist in enterprise workloads. These workloads complicate multicloud deployments for a number of businesses, as information security and regulatory compliance hurdles typically increases linearly as additional servers are added.

IBM is pitching the newly-announced z15 mainframe as part of their multicloud sprint, with a fair bit of representation from Red Hat, and a nod to OpenStack and Kubernetes.


The mainframe business is alive and well, as IBM announces new z15

TechCrunch Ron Miller

For starters, as you would probably expect, these are big and powerful machines capable of handling enormous workloads. For example, this baby can process up to 1 trillion web transactions a day and handle 2.4 million Docker containers, while offering unparalleled security to go with that performance. This includes the ability to encrypt data once, and it stays encrypted, even when it leaves the system, a huge advantage for companies with a hybrid strategy.

IBM recently announced that it was making OpenShift, Red Hat’s Kubernetes-based cloud-native tools, available on the mainframe running Linux. This should enable developers, who have been working on OpenShift on other systems, to move seamlessly to the mainframe without special training.


IBM launches z15 mainframe, aims to automate compliance via Data Privacy Passports

ZDNet Larry Dignan

The z15 is the second mainframe cycle that utilized design thinking, which revolves around courting customer input, being empathic about customers and improving products. The first effort was the IBM Z, a mainframe with a smaller footprint, in 2017.

That smaller footprint — a 19-inch rack in the Z14 instead of the 24-inch chassis previously — is now the standard. One-to-four mainframes make up one system and the smaller footprint means the average customer saves 50% of floor space and 10% on electricity compared to older version.

While mainframes are seen as old fashioned by many in the tech industry, large enterprises rely on them to process transactions. Meanwhile, some industries are looking to mainframes to cut data centre space and energy usage in areas such as China. A mainframe system can run from $250,000 to a fully configured cluster closer to $4 million to $5 million. Each z mainframe system is built to order and custom.


Put smart to work: IBM System Z Looking to the Future

64% of all consumers have opted not to work with a business over concerns that their data couldn’t be kept secure.

However, 76% would be more willing to share personal information if there was a way to fully take back and retrieve that data at any time.

Where would you like your clients to be?

Click here to find out how IBM z15’s pervasive encryption extends across the enterprise, enforcing data privacy by policy even when it leaves the platform.

To ensure you’re delivering the cloud your clients want, with all the required privacy and security, you can also keep up to date with IBM system Z innovations here.

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