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While an increasing number of x86-type server systems and consumer PCs are now using various encryption approaches, not much has been happening regarding the use of encryption in mainframes, which still comprise a healthy percentage of all the computing done in the world.

A new mainframe processor that provides access to 32TB of memory as well as a corresponding three-fold increase in I/O performance is at the core of numerous security enhancements.

A compression co-processor in each core has been improved to use fewer CPU cycles for compression/de-compression and DB2 will take advantage of that in the future. Mauri said more blockchain centers will be added.

The ability to run Java workloads 50% faster than x86 alternatives. This is a massively powerful mainframe featuring the industry's fastest microprocessor clocked at 5.2GHz and a new scalable system architecture that delivers up a 35 percent capacity increase for both traditional workloads and Linux workloads, compared to the z13.

IBM believes its new mainframe will be particularly popular with businesses in the European Union, where new regulations regarding encryption and data protection are set to go into effect next year.

The z13 was launched in 2015. "And we're really doing it for the first time at scale, which has not been done up to this point, because it's been incredibly challenging and expensive to do". While IBM plays an important role in online commerce (its transaction engine handles 87 percent of credit card payments), many companies would likely have to upgrade before you'd see the benefit. It was designed with input from 150 clients who cited data breaches and encryption as their biggest challenge and concern.

IBM will debut the newest in its decades-long series of mainframe computers for mainstream transaction processing Monday, this time focusing in particular on better protection of more data wherever it resides.

The tamper-responding encryption keys is hardware that makes keys invalid if any sign of intrusion is detected, but can be restored safely.

At the same time, IBM announced that later this year it will make a significant change to its mainframe licensing model that is meant to encourage IT organizations to deploy emerging microservices on a mainframe. Just as importantly, it offers pervasive encryption so that all data is encrypted all of the time, whether it is part of an application, cloud service, or chunks of bits in a database.

This mainframe responds to API calls from cloud services and z14 developers can call any cloud service.

The company has rolled out the IBM Z, its next-generation mainframe that's capable of handling 12 billion encrypted transactions a day.

To demonstrate the use of Z for encryption on cloud services, IBM announced it has opened six new blockchain global data centers in NY, the U.K., Frankfurt, Tokyo, Toronto and Brazil. Of the more than nine billion data records lost or stolen in the past five years, only 4% were encrypted, making the vast majority of such data vulnerable to organized cyber crime rings, state actors and employees misusing access to sensitive information.

"There is a global epidemic of data theft". Container pricing for IBM Z is planned to be available by year-end 2017 and enabled in z/OS V2.2 and z/OS V2.3.

In a statement provided by IBM, International Data Corp. analyst Peter Rutten called the Z "the first system with an all-encompassing solution to the security threats and breaches we've been witnessing in the past 24 months".


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