IBM Unveils New Mainframe, IBM z13s, for Encrypted Hybrid Clouds

IBM has unveiled a new mainframe, bringing its “security of data encryption without slowing down system performance” to mid-sized organizations. The new system, IBM z13s, is enabled and optimized for hybrid cloud environments and would be able to help secure critical information and transactions better than before.

Cyber criminals nowadays are manipulating data, rather than stealing it, according to IBM, compromising its accuracy and reliability. The z13s provides access to APIs and micro-services in a hybrid cloud setting while keeping data integrity intact.

“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 organization with peace of mind.”

IBM announced highly integrated “innovations” for the mainframe:

  • ibm-cloud-2Security embedded into hardware – The new z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that would 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 behavior over time.

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.