The 14-generation mainframe, called IBM Z, introduces a new encryption engine that for the first time will allow organizations to encrypt all data in their databases, applications, or cloud services, with no performance hit, said Mike Perera, VP of IBM's z Systems Software unit, in an interview with Data Center Knowledge. Desens says there are now circuits in that 5.2GHz processor specifically created to optimize security in addition to a much faster card for processing payment card industry (PCI) data. At the time we wrote it was grunty enough to do "real time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale" up to a claimed 2.5 billion transactions a day.
Cybersecurity has become a top priority for IBM's mainframe customers in recent years.
The system encrypts data at rest or in flight wherever it is located, and can be encrypted in bulk rather than in small chunks as is usual today.
An analysis from Toni Sacconaghi Jr for Bernstein Research says IBM's hardware business is in secular decline, and, while mainframe hardware contributes just 3 per cent of Big Blue's revenues, the overall mainframe platform accounted for almost a quarter of total IBM revenues and an estimated 40 per cent of profits in 2016.
"This is a significant technology that they are bringing to the market", Peter Rutten, analyst for IDC's Servers and Compute Platforms Group, said about the new encryption capabilities.
Beyond pure encryption, customers also told IBM they wanted this capability delivered in a cost-effective way. Moreover, the process can impede the flow of data, often slowing transaction processing too much for many data-intensive and real-time applications. "With this technology, the whole system in its entirety is".
The other driving factor is the increase in regulations by governments around the world aimed at protecting information, including the European Union's (EU) General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), which goes into effect next year.
IBM has rolled out what it called the biggest revamp of mainframe technology in more than a decade with a system that aims to stem the damage caused by data breaches through pervasive encryption.
Overall, IBM said, the new Z system offers a 35 percent increase in capacity for traditional computing workloads and a 50 percent jump for Linux workloads compared with the z13. Today, the company unveiled the z14, its latest z-Series mainframe, which comes with the considerable draw of full encryption.
IBM Z will be able to manage up to 12 billion encrypted transactions daily.
"For quite a long time, people have looked at Intel as a convenient platform, but IBM would love to break that stranglehold and have people take a look at the mainframe", Hurwitz said. "But companies that need mainframes to run the backbone of large, complex business systems will find the upgrade to z14 worthwhile", he said. The result is a sevenfold increase in cryptographic performance over the z13 mainframe, he said. IBM Security tools and IBM Z for the first time make it possible for organizations to streamline this process-taking data and applications out of scope of compliance by automating the verification that data is, in fact, encrypted and that the keys are secure. "If someone were to get access to the keys, they can't do anything with them", Perera said. "No, I don't think a company would buy a mainframe just for the encryption". Those IBM Cloud Blockchain data centers launched in New York, London, Frankfurt, Sao Paolo, Tokyo and Toronto to cater to the financial services sector.