Tuesday, January 13, 2015

IBM Positions z13 Mainframe for Mobile Economy

IBM unveiled its z13 Mainframe built for the mobile economy.  The system, which springs from a $1 billion investment over five years, exploits more than 500 new patents for enhanced performance, availability, analytics and security.

Some highlights:

  • z13 is the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day - equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays every day of the year.  z13 transactions are persistent, protected and auditable from end-to-end, adding assurance as mobile transactions grow -- estimated to grow to 40 trillion mobile transactions per day by 2025. [1]
  • z13 is the first system to make practical real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale.  z13 speeds real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data and ensure response times consistent with a positive customer experience.  
  • z13 is the first mainframe system with embedded analytics providing real-time insights on all transactions. This capability can help guarantee the ability of the client to run real-time fraud detection on 100 percent of their business transactions by delivering 'on the fly' analytic insights that are 17X faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost. 
  • The z13 includes new support for Hadoop, enabling unstructured data to be analyzed in the system. Other analytics advances include faster acceleration of queries by adding DB2 BLU for Linux providing an in-memory database, enhancements to the IBM DB2 analytics accelerator, and vastly improved performance for mathematically intense analytics workloads.
  • The z13 can run in a private or hybrid cloud architecture. In a scale-out model, it is capable of running up to 8,000 virtual servers -- more than 50 virtual servers per core, helping to lower software, energy and facilities costs.
  • IBM estimates a z Systems cloud on a z13 will have a 32 percent lower total cost of ownership over three years than an x86 cloud and a 60 percent lower total cost of ownership over three years than a public cloud. 
  • The z13 is based on open standards, fully supporting Linux and OpenStack.

"Every time a consumer makes a purchase or hits refresh on a smart phone, it can create a cascade of events on the back end of the computing environment. The z13 is designed to handle billions of transactions for the mobile economy.  Only the IBM mainframe can put the power of the world's most secure datacenters in the palm of your hand," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. "Consumers expect fast, easy and secure mobile transactions. The implication for business is the creation of a secure, high performance infrastructure with sophisticated analytics."

http://www-03.ibm.com/press/us/en/pressrelease/45808.wss

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