Five things to know about the IBM z14 Models (M01-M05 and ZR1)
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The IBM z14 Models (M01-M05 and ZR1) can help you rapidly develop and deliver high-quality services in a trusted infrastructure that is flexible, efficient, and resilient, and includes enhanced security features. The z14 can also streamline your ability to integrate disparate data center systems and create a single, cohesive modern day IT shop.
Here are five things to know about how the z14 offer a high-value architecture that supports an open and connected world.
1. Secure your data through encryption
Traditionally, the perimeter was considered the network, protected with firewalls and VPNs. Today, we recognize that attackers might breach the network perimeter and gain access to sensitive data. Also, being in compliance with regulatory mandates does not necessarily mean being secure. It is not uncommon to encounter regulations that were written some time ago that do not incorporate current security best practices. Therefore, the underlying concept of IBM Z pervasive encryption suggests encrypting all application and database data rather than encrypting only data for compliance.
With IBM Z pervasive encryption, data is protected at the source, which involves encrypting data in-flight, in-use, and at-rest. On the z14, pervasive encryption is accomplished through tight integration in areas of hardware, firmware, operating systems, middleware, and tooling.
2. Use an architecture that is agile and built to scale
A key to digital transformation is the ability to accelerate the innovation of new business. IT environments must have an architecture that scales for modern day use, allow for rapid development and secure delivery of new services.
To handle new and different services, the hardware, software, and firmware components of the Z platform provide a viable option to integrate functionality into the architecture’s capabilities. The Z platforms always conform to the z/Architecture to ensure support of current and future workloads and services.
Not only does the z14 give you the performance and vertical scale that you need to meet the demands of your digital enterprise, it protects IT investments and can eliminate server sprawl costs when new services are deployed.
3. Look where application development and deployment is done quickly
The combination of a robust and securable hardware platform with the power of a Linux distribution can optimize the building, testing, and deploying of modern applications. It also can accommodate scale-out clusters and scalable cloud environments.
The z14 provides a secure, massive capacity Linux platform that can be deployed as stand-alone, or side-by-side with other Z operating systems on a single physical platform. Therefore, you can easily integrate Linux workloads on the z14 with other solutions, while benefiting from data and applications that is being tightly collocated with fast internal communication and improved availability.
Optimized for open source software, Linux on IBM Z brings more value to the platform. Linux on IBM Z supports a wealth of new products that are familiar to application developers, such as Python, Scala, Spark, MongoDB, PostgreSQL, and MariaDB.
4. Deliver your insights in real-time
In today's challenging climate, businesses must manage, protect, store, and most importantly, use their data to gain competitive advantage. This challenge is also creating the need to apply intelligence and insight to data for building new services for a customized user experience.
The new high-performance processors, large memory, and enhanced access to data enables the z14 to integrate business transactions, operational data, and analytics into a real-time single workflow, which eliminates the need to move or duplicate data on other platforms.
5. Find a data center-friendly platform for deploying fully integrated IT solutions
The z14 provides an infrastructure to meet the demands of businesses, regardless of size. It allows for easier and quicker delivery of secure cloud-based services with its integrated features that are built into the hardware, firmware, and operating systems. The built-in features range from high-speed processing and I/O, to increased memory capacity, to encryption co-processors, and more. The z14 is also highly virtualized, with the goal of maximizing the utilization of computing resources, while lowering the total number of resources and costs that are needed to run cloud-base services.