Mainframe Far From Dead – IBM Releases z13

The mainframe continues to grow despite commentary every year that this computing phenomenon is going to wither away.

IBM recently announced the z13 which delivers scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy. The z13 system culminates a $1 billion investment from IBM, five years of development, exploits the innovation of more than 500 new patents and represents a collaboration with more than 60 clients – underscoring IBM’s singular commitment to providing higher-value, innovative technologies to clients.

IBM claims z13 is the first system to make practical real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale.  z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience.  The system includes 500 new patents including cryptographic encryption technologies that enable more security features for mobile initiated transactions. Also per IBM, z13 is the first mainframe system with embedded analytics providing real-time insights on all transactions. This capability can help guarantee the ability of the client to run real-time fraud detection on 100 percent of their business transactions.

With the performance and capabilities that z13 offers, will it be a significant part of IBM’s cloud, big data and mobile strategy? Yet to be seen, but sounds like a beast that cannot be ignored.

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