Security-Focused Mainframe: New z13s Brings Speed and Safety to Midsize Businesses

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Hybrid cloud solutions coupled with an emphasis on network and data security are the focus of IBM’s new mainframe, the z13s. The company announced the z13s earlier this week as it expands its availability from large to midsize organizations.

As Forbes reports, the new mainframe — the “s” stands for “security” — brings with it the capacity to process 2.5 billion transactions daily. The z13s features double the encryption speed of earlier-generation hardware, including enhanced cryptographic co-processors that won’t slow transaction times for companies that rely on high-volume customer loads in the hybrid cloud space.

“Fast and secure transaction processing is core to the IBM mainframe, helping clients grow their digital business in a hybrid cloud environment,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president at IBM Systems, in a release. “With the new IBM z13s, clients no longer have to choose between security and performance. This speed of secure transactions, coupled with new analytics technology helping to detect malicious activity and integrated IBM Security offerings, will help midsize clients grow their organizations with peace of mind.”

The z13s reflects IBM’s increasing focus on integrating mainframe technology with its IBM Security software solutions. According to IBM, the z13s includes a spectrum of partnerships and services. One of these is the company’s Cyber Security Analytics service — a behavioral analytics threat-monitoring package that provides a predictive edge to antihacking efforts.

Other partners within the z13s ecosystem include BlackRidge Technology, Forcepoint and RSM Partners. The triad covers identity-based network security, mission-critical endpoint data security and penetration testing/application-readiness reviews, respectively.

Previously only available to large enterprises, the z13s and its security features also emerge from a five-year, $1 billion effort on IBM’s part. The z13s arrives during a period of growth for IBM Security’s enterprise-focused marketplace profile. A Forbes article from earlier this year reported that IBM Security experienced 12 percent growth in 2015, becoming a $2 billion business.

Globally, cybersecurity is expected to become a $170 billion market by 2020 — representing a nearly 10 percent compound annual growth rate — and spending on cybersecurity across the next five years is anticipated to reach $100 billion.

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James O'Brien

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As a journalist and writer in the branded content space, James O'Brien covers business, technology, social media, marketing, film, food, wine, writing and news. The Nieman Journalism Lab has called his work in the custom content space "sponsored content done right." He has written for major regional newspapers, and he has managed and edited established, startup and turnaround newsrooms in varied markets, from community papers to major-city dailies. He consults for firms and businesses — startups to seasoned — on the creation of effective content strategies and the establishment of practical editorial calendars for enacting them. O'Brien holds a Ph.D. in Editorial Studies from the Editorial Institute at Boston University, where he researched and edited Bob Dylan's other-than-song writings. He is engaged in a bibliography for Oxford University Press, covering writings about filmmaker John Cassavetes. He is the author of "The Indie Writer's Survival Guide." His short stories and poetry are published in numerous journals and magazines.

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