IBM upgrades mainframes to include hybrid cloud and cybersecurity capabilities

IBM's new z15 mainframe took four years to develop and includes input from more than 100 companies. (IBM)

IBM announced a new mainframe server that's geared towards cloud-native applications and multi-cloud security. With IBM's new z15 mainframe computer, customers can manage who gets access to data via policy-based controls.

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Moving data between third-party entities can lead to openings for privacy breaches. Last year, about 60% of business reported data breaches that were caused by a vendor or third party, according to research by Opus and Ponemon Institute.

With the growing adoption of hybrid multi-cloud environments, the importance of maintaining data security and privacy has become more challenging.

The z15 mainframe features Data Privacy Passports, which customers can use to control how their data is stored and shared. It also gives them the ability to protect and provision data as well as revoke access to that data at any time, not only within the z15 environment, but also across an enterprises' hybrid multi-cloud environment.

The z15 mainframe can also encrypt data everywhere—including across hybrid multi-cloud environments—to help enterprises secure their data wherever it goes. 

IBM said it spent four years working on the z15 update, which includes more than 3,000 patents issued or in process of being issued. IBM also said it received input from over 100 companies.

For cloud-native, a single z15 server can process 1 trillion web transactions per day, and scale-out to 2.4 million Linux containers on a single z15 system, which IBM said was 2.3-times more Linux containers than a bare-metal x86 platform running an identical web server load.

"IBM Z is an essential component for addressing top concerns around hybrid cloud like security, privacy and agility. With z15, our clients can have the cloud they want, with the privacy and security they need – protection for both traditional mission-critical workloads and newer workloads like digital asset custody or blockchain," said Ross Mauri, general manager of IBM Z, in a statement. "The reality is that for clients whose business' depend on access to data in real time, IBM Z remains the go to choice. Often, our clients need access to data and analytic insights in a fraction of a second – not minutes, with the ability to control privacy of that data at a granular level."