The latest member of the IBM Z family, the z14 mainframe has a tried-and-true architecture to support your digital transformation, create a strong cloud infrastructure, and expose back-end services through secure APIs. The z14 can also streamline your ability to integrate disparate data center systems and create a single, cohesive IT shop.
Here are five things to know about how IBM z14 offers a high-value architecture that supports an open and connected world.
1. It secures data with pervasive encryption
The z14 excels with security features that are built into the hardware, firmware, and operating systems. IBM Z pervasive encryption provides the comprehensive data protection that your organization and customers demand. By placing the security controls on the data itself, the solution creates an envelope of protection around the data on Z. For example, Z pervasive encryption helps protect the at-rest and in-flight data that is on your Z infrastructure.
2. Analytics becomes cheaper and simpler with in-place processing
For decades, clients typically copied business-critical data from their mainframe transactional systems to other platforms, or even data lakes, to perform sophisticated analytics. This process was inefficient, expensive, time-consuming, and introduced both risk on lower-security platforms and data latency. By accessing your enterprise data in-place with minimal data duplication or movement, you can minimize the cost and complexity of analytics. You can also make enterprise data highly accessible to analytics applications and tools by integrating transactional and analytics processing, and protect sensitive data by keeping it within the secure Z platform.
3. The Z in IBM Z stands for zero downtime
The z14 has the same proven reliability that all IBM Z platforms are known for. Like previous generations, the z14 provides technology and services to help identify and remove single points of failures (SPOFs) in critical components. Also, with platform-level redundancy, the z14 is designed to handle failures while maintaining user access. Components can be repaired, maintenance performed, and products migrated with minimal business impacts. Some capabilities, such as capacity-on-demand, automatically turn components on and off based on current needs.
4. A strategic asset to power the API economy
The IBM z14 is designed as a strategic asset to power the API economy. Using the API economy demands fortified clouds, which can be open, private, public, and hybrid. The z14 gives you the hardware platform necessary to support those clouds. The new high-performance processors, large memory, and enhanced access to data enable the z14 to integrate business transactions, operational data, and analytics into a single workflow.
5. It is the perfect place to run blockchain for business
Blockchain is poised to revolutionize how industries do business. It is a technology for a new generation of transactional applications that establishes trust, accountability, and transparency while streamlining business processes. Considering that blockchain is all about increasing trust in business transactions, it makes perfect sense to run blockchain for business on Z.
For more information about IBM z14, see the z14 product page and refer to our IBM Redbooks publications.