Monday, July 17, 2017

The IBM z14: There's a New Mainframe Coming!

Today, July 17, 2017, IBM announced the next iteration of its stalwart mainframe hardware, the IBM z14. The news comes a little more than two years since the previous version, the IBM z13. The hardware will be generally available later this year.

The big news is that IBM delivering pervasive encryption as part of the IBM z14. With pervasive encryption you can encrypt and protect all of your data all the time, at any scale, without having to change any application code or do any development work. That means you can protect all of your data without requiring an interruption to your business.

The IBM z14 features the industry's fastest microprocessor, running at 5.2GHz, and a new scalable system structure that delivers up to a 35 percent capacity increase compared to the previous generation z13. The system can support over 12 billion encrypted transactions per day on a single system.
Other new capabilities of the IBM z14 include up to 32 TB of memory (3x the memory of the z13), three times faster I/O, and a 10x latency reduction with SAN response time using zHyperLink.
IBM also has introduced three new pricing models to help reduce the cost of mainframe computing, specifically for development and testing, new application workloads, and payment processing.
All in all, with the announcement of the IBM z14, IBM is doing what it takes to make the best computing platform even better. I look forward to using the platform and seeing what it can do for high availability, high performance, secure computing!

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