Friday, 28 July, 2017

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
Frank Williams | 17 July, 2017, 18:45

And the firm further noted that IBM Z was being introduced to the IBM Cloud as an encryption engine to run IBM Blockchain services in data centres worldwide (Dallas, London, Frankfurt, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Toronto).

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.

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.

The result is a seven times increase in encryption performance over the z13 mainframe and 18 times faster than x86 servers, which make up the bulk of the server market today, IBM claims.

"The vast majority of stolen or leaked data today is in the open and easy to use because encryption has been very hard and expensive to do at scale", said Ross Mauri, general manager at IBM Z. The mainframe and encryption engine are direct responses the growing number of data breaches, which as become a global epidemic in recent years.

IBM's latest z Series mainframe, unveiled today, has a novel security feature the company says users have long wanted but couldn't get: the ability to easily encrypt all their data, at rest or in motion, with just one click. It also includes new processor designs and upgrades to the operating system, middleware, and databases.

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

IBM has revealed its new Z mainframe, which is capable of running more than 12bn encryption transactions per day. It protects encryption keys with so-called tamper responding hardware which invalidates keys at any sign, and IBM says they can be restored in safety.

The system boasts tamper-responding encryption keys and encrypted APIs and can help companies comply with with new standards such as the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) set to go into effect next year.

Organisations can now immediately demonstrate that data within of scope of compliance is protected and the keys are secure. It offers real-time, self-service verification of protection and encryption, and provides an audit trail showing whether permissioned insiders accessed data.

Beyond pure encryption, customers also told IBM they wanted this capability delivered in a cost-effective way. The z14 is even gruntier and bumps that up nearly five fold to 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. Its memory footprint is 32TB, which is three times the size of the previous generation. The system runs at 5.2GHz and can support up to 2 million Docker containers or 1,000 concurrent NoSQL databases.

IBM mainfraes already support 87% of all credit card transactions and almost $8-trillion payments a year, 29-billion ATM transactions each year, worth almost $5-billion per day, 4-billion passenger flights each year; more than 30-billion transactions per day - more than the number of Google searches every day; and 68% of the world's production workloads at only 6% of the total IT cost. It does this without any software changes or disruption to business applications and operations.

As part of the announcement, IBM also previewed new z/OS software that provides foundational capabilities for private cloud service delivery, enabling a transformation from an IT cost center to a value-generating service provider.

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