Open for business with IBM z15

By | 4 minute read | July 8, 2020

In a world where you need to be “always on” for customers and protecting your data is a must, the demands on IT have increased exponentially. You must deliver on today’s mission-critical demands while simultaneously adapting to rapidly changing consumer behavior and evolving digital operations. The choice of platform underpinning your hybrid cloud strategy is fundamental to meeting those business needs now and preparing you for the future.

Mission-critical now more than ever

IBM Z® has built a reputation as the platform that underpins mission-critical businesses with industry-leading levels of data privacy, security and resiliency — ranging from 44 of the top 50 global banks[1] to two-thirds of Fortune 100[2] — and we continue to adapt and anticipate market challenges. According to Moor Insights Analyst and Forbes’ Contributor Pat Moorhead, “There’s a reason IBM’s Z line has been around for as long as it has, and a lot of it has to do with the way the company rises to the occasion to meet the changing times; workloads are evolving, the threat landscape is evolving, and IBM appears determined to not be caught flat footed.”

With the recent announcement of our new single frame air-cooled models of the IBM z15™ and IBM LinuxONE III, we are helping our clients gain a better cloud native development experience, with a highly resilient platform designed to protect your data and privacy, with built-in flexibility to accommodate businesses of all sizes.

Respond and protect with cyber resiliency

Companies realize that to protect their business they must be armed to deter sophisticated threats, recover from outages, and meet unforeseen spikes in demand, all while delivering to competitive service levels. IBM Z can reduce the impact of downtime in your private cloud with IBM z15 solutions designed to deliver up to seven nines availability.3

IBM recently introduced a form of capacity on demand with IBM Z Instant Recovery designed to increase processor capacity during startup and shutdown, and to reduce the time it takes to process backlog after a disruption4. This is ideal for companies facing the highest service-level requirements. According to a large US healthcare company, the z15 speed boost worked miracles. Everyone was impressed at how quickly the systems started up.

Keith Sisson, Director of Technology at Compuware, was also impressed: “With System Recovery Boost we have cut our IPL time in half. Where subsystems used to take minutes to start, they’re now taking seconds. System Recovery Boost is a great example of IBM listening to their customers and delivering something very beneficial!”

Your private data… is private

To thrive in today’s rapidly evolving market, enterprises must become cyber-resilient enterprises. Security is built into the platform throughout the stack and we continue to innovate. Pervasive encryption enables encryption of data in flight and at rest and is designed to help reduce the costs associated with protecting data and help client address compliance mandates. We recently added IBM Data Privacy Passports, a follow-on to pervasive encryption, which can extend data protection and privacy for eligible data from your IBM z15 environment to your enterprise with Data Privacy Passports appropriate policy controls.[3] This can help you reduce the risk and impact of collecting and storing sensitive eligible data as it travels throughout your enterprise, allowing access to only authorized individuals, on premises or off.

Newly introduced IBM Secure Execution for Linux is designed to provide scalable isolation for individual workloads. It can help protect and isolate workloads running on premises or in IBM LinuxONE and IBM Z hybrid cloud environments.[4] Now you can deploy secured and isolated granular services such as VMs within a single IBM z15 or LinuxONE III server to help you support a scalable and secured solution for multi-tenant workloads.

Together these capabilities help clients protect their data, maintain privacy, isolate workloads and recover from disruptions throughout their hybrid multicloud environment.

Innovate faster:

The new IBM z15 models are designed to be an integral part of your cloud. Developers can build new cloud-native applications and modernize existing applications to interface with cloud services through APIs and integrated container services, using the latest cloud application development tools, languages, and processes. With Red Hat® OpenShift® you can build once and deploy across your flexible compute environment with consistent management and orchestration using Ansible automation platform.

Barton Robinson, CEO of Velocity Software is building a Linux-based cloud and noted: “Cloud on IBM Z is resilient, secured, and easy, allowing us to get from metal to cloud in two days using Z15 T02, DS8910F, and Linux on z/VM.”

Designed to drive business transformation

For IBM z15 and LinuxONE III, the market adoption and feedback has been strong. Clients continue to seek a scalable, hybrid cloud platform for transforming business-critical applications and infrastructure — one that is resilient, flexible, and secure — and can adapt to today and whatever tomorrow brings.

As analyst Charles King, PUND IT, says, “There has never been a time when the value of IBM’s Z mainframe solutions were clearer. As companies worldwide grapple with often unimaginable uncertainties, the remarkable resiliency, continuity, data privacy and security capabilities that define mainframe computing help ensure that companies can and will remain open for business.”

We would love to hear your stories — let us know how you are achieving your digital transformation with z15. Read more about it here.

[1] https://www.relbanks.com/worlds-top-banks/assets  and IBM financial analysis  (2019) [2] https://fortune.com/fortune500/ and IBM financial analysis 3 IBM z15 solutions are designed to deliver 99.99999% availability. Disclaimer: Internal data based on measurements and projections was used in calculating the expected value. The z15 servers must be configured in a parallel sysplex using z/OS 2.3 or above; GDPS management of data and middleware recovery across Metro distance systems and storage, including GDPS Metro Multi-site Workload and GDPS Continuous Availability; and DS888X with IBM HyperSwap. Necessary resiliency technology must be enabled, such as System Managed CF Structure Duplexing, Sysplex failure management and Capacity Provisioning Manager. Other configurations may provide different availability characteristics. 4, https://www-01.ibm.com/common/ssi/ShowDoc.wss?docURL=/common/ssi/rep_ca/7/649/ENUSE19-0037/index.html&request_locale=en#A19-0283 [5] Data Privacy Passports supports data sources that can be accessed through a JDBC connection. [6] Workload isolation uses enhanced hardware and firmware protection provided by the IBM z15 and LinuxONE III model family. 
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