A Close Look at IBM's z13s Mainframe for Secure Hybrid Clouds

By Darryl K. Taft  |  Posted 2016-02-19

IBM continues to prove that the mainframe is very much still alive and well, this time by announcing a system that delivers the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to midsize organizations. The new system, the IBM z13s, is optimized for hybrid cloud environments and can help secure information and transactions better than before, company officials said. IBM highlighted the new mainframe at its PartnerWorld Leadership Conference in Orlando, Fla., this week. IBM also announced new security partnerships and integrated innovations for the mainframe, such as security embedded into the hardware. The new z13s has advanced cryptography features built into the hardware that allow it to encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as previous generations, protecting information without compromising performance. Additionally, IBM is integrating mainframe technology with IBM Security software solutions to create a more secure foundation for a hybrid cloud infrastructure. And IBM is offering a new Cyber Security Analytics service to z Systems customers that can help identify malicious activity by learning user behavior over time.


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