IBM Unveils z15 With Industry-First Data Privacy Capabilities

The mainframe has evolved to be more secure and power-packed than ever before to manage the billions of transactions organisations deal with today. The IBM z15, the latest mainframe from IBM, is an enterprise platform delivering the ability to manage the privacy of customer data across hybrid multi-cloud environments. With z15, clients can manage who gets access to data via policy-based controls, with an industry-first capability to revoke access to data across the hybrid cloud.

Priya Doty, Vice President, Product Marketing at IBM

According to Priya Doty, Vice President, Product Marketing at IBM, organisations want more data privacy and data security while consumers are always concern about privacy. Consumers opt to not work with companies if the data security and privacy are not protected. With the growing adoption of hybrid multi-cloud environments, the importance of maintaining data security and privacy only grows more acute and challenging.

Over 3000 IBM Z patents were issued over the last four years of development for the z15. There are three new key features in the z15, which are:

  • Encryption Everywhere – sits on enterprise on-premises, once data leaves the platform, it is still managed with data privacy passports (a new tech). Access can be revoked anywhere it goes, allowing organisations to control how data is stored and shared.

  • Cloud-Native Development – organisations have a competitive advantage by evolving how they modernise apps in place, build new cloud-native apps and securely integrate their most important workloads across clouds. Easy to use on all platforms be it Linux, Kubernetes, Java. Can support Red Hat OpenShift.

  • Instant Recovery – Being able to manage planned and unplanned downtime. Enabling users to access full system capacity for a period of time to accelerate shutdown and restart of IBM Z services and provide a temporary capacity boost to rapidly recover from lost time.

With most businesses completing the first phase of their cloud journey, z15 is uniquely positioned to help companies take this next step in their digital transformation efforts to move mission-critical workloads to the cloud4 by delivering a hyper-secure, agile and continuously available platform. As the centre of a secured hybrid cloud strategy, two-thirds of the Fortune 100 companies are using IBM Z. With z15, clients can:

  • Process up to one trillion web transactions a day, support massive databases, and scale-out to 2.4 million Linux containers in a single z15 system — up to 2.3 times more Linux containers per core on a z15 LPAR versus a compared bare-metal x86 platform, running an identical web server load.

  • Address mission-critical latency challenges by delivering up to 30 times lower latency and up to 28 times less CPU utilisation on z15 by compressing secure web transaction data before encryption using the Integrated Accelerator for z Enterprise Data Compression instead of using software compression.

  • Leverage 12% more cores than z14, and 25% more memory than z14 to help meet the needs of today's digital businesses.

“z15 is not only engineered for massive scale but also for compression. If you take all the books ever published in history, it can compress all those books in just 4 minutes.”

Looking at which industries that are able to make the most out of z15 mainframes, Priya said that any industry with highly sensitive data should use the z15 platform. For example, in Dubai, they are using the z15 with Linux 1 in their smart city initiative.

“We are able to scale when you have that level of security; there is no impact on the performance. The franchise is going deep on security, resilience and cloud integration. The Z means Zero downtime, and that’s where we’re heading.”

After listening to Priya explain what z15 was and does, DSA asked her if this technology is based on blockchain, and she said that’s exactly what it is, blockchain with an industry-first technology.

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