According to the company, the IBM Z mainframe is capable of running more than 12 billion encrypted transactions per day, and introduces a "breakthrough encryption engine" that IBM says is capable of pervasively encrypting data associated with any application, cloud service or database all the time.
Until now, encryption has been largely absent in data and cloud centers - only 2 percent of corporate data is encrypted today - because current solutions dramatically degrade performance, and are too complex and expensive to manage. According to the company, this is faster than x86 systems, which only focus on limited slices of data.
The company has rolled out the IBM Z, its next-generation mainframe that's capable of handling 12 billion encrypted transactions a day.
The tamper-responding encryption keys is hardware that makes keys invalid if any sign of intrusion is detected, but can be restored safely.
IBM has rolled out what it called the biggest revamp of mainframe technology in more than a decade with a system that aims to stem the damage caused by data breaches through pervasive encryption.
IBM Z integrated with IBM Security software, streamlining security and compliance processes.
These solutions work with pervasive encryption to provide comprehensive data security capabilities to protect your information. "It's like a security blanket across the entire system - database, applications, data at rest, data in flight, APIs, etc. - that can just be turned on, rather than manually picking and choosing what to encrypt, which typically has led to much [data] remaining unencrypted", he explained.
Organisations can now immediately demonstrate that data within of scope of compliance is protected and the keys are secure.
Applications that do need to decrypt the data will run under a special user ID that can access the decryption key - but such user IDs typically cannot be used to log in to the system, making it harder for hackers to both grab a file and decrypt it. Application development and test environments will be tripled so capacity can be raised without a license increase.
At the heart of the system is what IBM calls the industry's fastest microprocessor, which runs at 5.2GHz and boasts a new scalable system structure which offers a 35% capacity increase in terms of traditional workloads compared to the previous-generation z13. The systems handle 87pc of all credit card transactions, almost $8trn payments a year and 29bn ATM transactions each year, worth almost $5bn per day. And the Z is faster overall, regardless of the task at hand: there's three times the memory (a hefty 32TB), three times faster input/output and much lower lag when talking to a storage area network. It supports 2,000,000 Docker containers and 1,000 concurrent NoSQL databases.
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