The Engines of Progress

Stories of innovation enabled by the mainframe


One of the largest electronic payments networks enabling commerce

Visa payment transactions take place every second of every day in every corner of the world. As the Internet of things grows and more devices get connected, Visa is working to extend its secure, convenient and reliable payments across all digital channels through new and innovative solutions. Over the last four decades, Visa has built a real-time global network – VisaNet – capable of authorizing, clearing and settling more than 150 million transactions a day, and is fully operational 99.999 percent of the time.

Behind this network is a remarkable infrastructure – it ensures that no matter where in the world you are, Visa transactions are safe, reliable and convenient. That infrastructure is built on the IBM Mainframe. Watch the full story.


Innovation in payments has defined Visa since its inception. And as we look to the future, Visa is anticipating trends and redefining global commerce. The mainframe is a critical component to outstanding levels of service and reliability.

The last 20 years we’ve had zero downtime during the holiday shopping season and you know that’s a key testament to not only the way VisaNet was architected but the partner we have in IBM.

Jim McCarthy, Senior Vice President, Innovation and Strategic Partnerships,
Visa Inc.

Our customers turn the extraordinary into the expected, every day.
See how the mainframe helps make it possible.

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