5 Things to Know About why System z is Ideal for Mobile Apps
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There’s a couple of new facts that may interest you, the first being that more than 950 million smartphones were sold worldwide in 2013, an increase of 42.3 per cent from 2012, according to a leading research group. The second is that smartphones now dominate the market with more than 50 percent of overall mobile phone sales.
Mobile is the current buzzword in the IT industry. Every day, on average, a mobile phone user checks their device 30 times per hour – that’s once every two minutes. So any mobile app must be ready for constant traffic, never mind just peak periods – the Black Fridays of the mobile universe.
Mobile apps have to be created and maintained in an agile way using flexible development tools. They have to operate transparently and efficiently with their servers and provide the highest level of security while executing. This makes IBM System z the preferred platform to host apps that seek to thrive in today's explosive mobile marketplace.
So let's take a quick look at five of the most interesting things about hosting mobile apps on IBM System z:
1. Mobile app development
There are plenty of tools available to develop apps that can run on System z: IBM
2. Mobile apps security
Any security breach is unacceptable, with far-reaching consequences for both the device user and the service provider. A mobile app does not limit itself to a particular industry, such as finance; it can span all walks of everyday life. Think of your journey to work, or reserving a vacation. The list is endless. The latest System z processors offer the most effective cryptographic co-processors, built on technology that supports large concurrent transactional workloads.
3. Powerful web services
One of the most compelling features of the System z operating system, z/OS, is the ability to host multiple HTTP servers for web content. Web services are a key component of a service-oriented architecture, and IBM z/OS middleware products such as CICS, IMS, and DB2 each offer web service support. TCP/IP operates as the transport layer, supporting protocols such as HTTP and SOAP for data exchanges.
4. Analytical opportunities
Mobile apps that are deployed with System z typically are not of the Angry Birds variety; they provide robust commercial transactions that deliver an enhanced experience for the mobile user. So for the service provider, there is a huge opportunity to learn more about their customer demographics. System z has an expansive analytics portfolio, exploiting the fact that so many high profile organizations run their most critical transactions on the System z platform. One such offering is the IBM DB2 Analytics Accelerator for z/OS, which offers extremely fast results for business intelligence.
5. Scalability and technology advances
System z is best positioned to handle the predicted explosion in mobile traffic from new and varied devices. To give you an idea of the volumes we're looking at, consider that for every second of the day, there are:
The virtually inestimable mobile marketplace will expose future challenges in terms of capacity and security, but the infrastructure that exists today is more than capable of adapting to the obstacles that appear on the current horizon. So next time you hit Send on your device, ask yourself: Will that reply come from an IBM System z?
To get some idea of the interest in this topic, IBM has recently released an IBM
Are you involved in any way in developing mobile apps? Does your organization employ IBM System z technology and have you ever thought about hosting your mobile apps on the platform? Feel free to comment and start an interesting discussion on this topic!
Peter Siddell is a Senior IT Specialist based in the IBM Hursley laboratory in the UK. He has over 30 years of experience in IT with over 20 years spent on CICS. His areas of expertise include CICS systems programming and technical support for z/OS products. He delivers education on CICS and CICSPlex SM and presents regularly at worldwide conferences on the CICS Portfolio.