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The New IBM Z: Built for Performance and Ready for PCI, GDPR, and All Manner of PII
Date: 07/17/2017 Length: 2 pages Cost: $25.00

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IBM has been delivering performance with its Z-series mainframes for years. Each release built on the previous, delivering enhanced performance and greater features. The July 2017 release goes even further. Not only did IBM increase performance, but it introduced pervasive encryption that protects data on the IBM Z and other platforms for which the server manages or provides data, creating an ecosystem of integrated data protection.
On July 17, 2017 IBM introduced the fourteenth release of its Z mainframe platform. Despite all the hype around various x86 platforms, including virtual host systems, none can hold a candle to the mainframe as a data center workhorse. The performance of the new system comes from a ground-up redesign of the main microprocessor, the system board, and the data communication bus. The focus of these changes was not just increasing the total volume of processes per second, but enhancing cryptographic processing and key management to create the first system with enough strength to provide native encryption across its own storage, and be able to fulfil the data protection role. Previously, specialized hardware security modules (HSMs) fit the data protection space to protect information for other off-system applications, including cloud. IBM is calling this breakthrough "pervasive encryption."

David Monahan


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