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17 July 2017, 04:26 | Bernard Bryant
Big Blue is saying that this mainframe is "ushering in a new era of data protection" due to its ability to encrypt data, all the time, and at any scale.
"There is a global epidemic of data theft".
Given the current climate of fear around hackers and ever-increasing amount of data breaches, IBM obviously believes this system will be an attractive proposition in terms of watertight security and keeping everything encrypted all the time.
With data breaches a problem that shows no signs of going away, businesses are increasingly seeking to protect their information with encryption. The new system also introduces a new encryption engine that the company says will, for the first time, make it possible to pervasively encrypt data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time. IBM Z goes against standard practices for encryption by encrypting in bulk at cloud scale. According to IBM, it's 18 times faster compared to today's x86 systems that only focus on limited slices of data, and weighs in at just 5% of the cost of such comparable x86-based solutions.
IBM say's that the system is created to address the "global epidemic of data breaches" where of the nine billion data records lost or stolen since 2013, only 4% were encrypted.
IBM's Z mainframe is set to be most significant system overhaul from IBM in more than 15 years and has been designed with involvement from more than 100 financial services and other industry mainframe clients and users.
It is becoming increasingly important for organisations to be able to prove that data is protected in the face of regulations like the EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) and encryption requirements set for financial institutions by regulators in the Singapore, Hong Kong, and the U.S. at a federal and state level. In addition, IBM Secure Service Container protects against insider threats from contractors and privileged users, provides automatic encryption of data and code in-flight and at-rest, and tamper-resistance during installation and runtime.
Although there is a small chance that determined attackers will find a way of breaking the 256-bitAES encryption to access the stolen data, security commentators say that if the technology lives up to IBM's claims, it could be a big step forward in terms of data protection.
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The new platform can also "self-destruct" encryption keys the moment there's any tampering, and quickly encrypts the programming interfaces that tie apps and services together. Application development and test environments will be tripled so capacity can be raised without a license increase.
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Mainframes are widely used in sectors such as financial services, government, retail and travel and transportation, and IBM says its transaction engine handles 87 percent of all credit card transactions, 29 billion ATM transactions per year and four billion passenger flights per year.
Three times faster I/O and accelerated transaction processing compared to the z13 to drive growth in data, transaction throughput and lower response time.
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Of course, IBM is promising this, and has revealed a new pricing strategy called a "container pricing model", but Mauri wouldn't discuss details, so it's hard to know exactly how the company defines "cost-effective". It does this without any software changes or disruption to business applications and operations.
For example, it also announced today the launch of IBM Cloud BlockChain data centers in six cities worldwide.
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