How the new, next-gen IBM Z helps you get more from your cloud

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IBM Z cloudEarlier this week, IBM pulled back the curtain on the new IBM Z mainframe. This is a dazzling piece of technology, designed to be the world’s most powerful transaction system. It includes impressive integration capabilities, leading encryption technology and astounding performance.

Sounds impressive, right? But what does all this have to do with cloud? The answer is a whole lot. I’ve been working in hybrid cloud for more than a decade, and I am excited about how IBM hybrid cloud capabilities can combine with this new technology to help your business achieve an additional edge against the competition.

Many of you already understand why a powerful mainframe is so important. But for those who don’t, here are three key ways that IBM Z can help you get the most out of your cloud.

  • Security: If you’ve paid attention to the news lately, you know that certain cloud providers have been having some security hiccups. Trust is crucial in a world where new threats are constantly emerging. Industry-leading encryption from IBM Z already protects the world’s leading banks, retailers and insurers. The latest version takes these trusted technologies and builds on them with substantial improvements to encryption and security. I’m particularly excited about how this technology can work with MQ to provide secure data connection for Blockchain and other interactions.
  • Blazing speed, flexibility and integration: Another benefit of hybrid cloud is flexibility. IBM Z caters to clients who need to move information to and from the cloud quickly and securely. Using IBM Z and Aspera software, clients will be able to perform transfers between IBM Z and cloud at maximum speed. Clients will also be able to use cloud integration tools to manage, publish and promote APIs created within IBM Z.
  • Unmatched performance: There are countless examples of how IBM Z can help you improve performance in your IT operations, so for now we’ll focus on one high-profile example. With WebSphere, Java workloads run even faster. This performance gain means that your organization can get the most out of tools from IBM cloud without losing the flexibility of a hybrid cloud solution.

These are only a few of the many exciting ways that IBM Cloud tools can build on the IBM Z launch to help improve your IT operations. In an increasingly competitive IT environment, moving to the cloud is no longer enough. It takes a combination of cloud, on premises and integration technology to build the hybrid solution your team needs to win.

To learn more about how to use new mainframe technology to get the most out of your cloud, visit the new IBM Z product page and stay tuned for the upcoming webinar series. If you have any questions about my team or IBM Cloud products, feel free the continue the conversation by leaving a comment or connecting with me on LinkedIn.


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