IBM z14 mainframe server highlights

Trust – the foundation of digital relationships

Expectations have risen. Immediate insights are required for business value and differentiation. Customers demand security, transparency and value in every interaction. Businesses must be open and connected in order to drive innovation at speed. See why IBM® z14™ is the platform for trusted experiences.

100% encryption is 100% mainframe

With 100% encryption of your application, cloud service and database data, you can protect your key corporate and client data from internal and external threats and simplify compliance. All while delivering the best performance in the industry and with no impact to service levels, applications or uptime.

Instant insights and machine learning

With z14, you can gain real time insight while avoiding the time, cost, latency and risks of moving data around the enterprise. And you can apply machine learning to the valuable data that resides on the mainframe, without moving data, to exploit open source machine learning tools and methods and anticipate future needs.

Lightning fast data access

High speed connectivity to data, new short distance mainframe attach link, shared memory communications and virtual flash memory help you access, share, and protect data – faster. IBM zHyperLink is breakthrough I/O link technology that improves application response time and cuts I/O sensitive workload response time by up to 50% without requiring application changes.

New secure services with Java

50+ new instructions, improved throughput with zIIP, more memory, new encryption and reduced program pauses improve speed of development

A stronger platform for cloud

z14 is connected and open in the cloud. It handles massive transaction scale and encrypted workloads at high volume and low cost. z14 offers lightning fast response time, 35% more total capacity and 3x more memory over previous generations. And yes, the IBM mainframe provides an open environment so you can utilize existing development skills and open source platforms to accelerate new service build time.

Blockchain with transparency and security

Blockchain can do for transactions what the internet has done for information. Are you ready? IBM z14 is the foundation for transactional transformation that can help you extend your existing business operations through new processes, partners, and ecosystems. Blockchain with IBM Z creates unprecedented levels of trust and transparency, allows alignment with cognitive capabilities, and enables deployment in the cloud.

New software pricing tied to business value

Exploit new capabilities for new workloads and have the cost predictability your business needs. Announcing a new, flexible pricing model that can support multiple price metrics for new workloads – without impacting the cost of existing workloads. In addition to traditional capacity-based metrics, this container-based pricing can support business-based metrics such as per payment.

Simplified administration – from anywhere

Mobile capabilities send push notifications to allow secure monitoring and management – from anywhere.

IBM Z® total solution financing

Get customized financing for a total mainframe solution. IBM Z customers can save up to 12% over purchase with a mainframe Fair Market Value Lease and benefit from 0% interest payment plans for IBM software solutions.

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Technical details

Software requirements

Supported operating systems

  • z/OS® V2.3, V2.2, V2.1, V1.13 (compatibility only) available via IBM Software Support Services
  • z/VM® 6.4, z/VM 6.3
  • z/VSE® V6.2, V6.1 and V5.2
  • z/TPF 1.1
  • KVM hypervisor offered from Linux distributors, SLES-12 SP2 or higher, and Ubuntu 16.04 or higher
  • Linux on z Systems, Canonical, Red Hat and SUSE

Hardware requirements

Specifications will vary by model and configuration.

  • See the Technical Guide for details and requirements:

Technical specifications

z14 offers unique mainframe system capabilities to support the trusted digital experience:

  • Specialty engines: IFL, zIIP, Coupling Facility, SAP (for I/O)
  • Encryption: EAL5+, Galois Counter Mode, ECC Digital signature, Smartcards, CPACF, Crypto Express6S
  • I/O: FICON, FCP, zHyperLink, Open Systems Adapter, 10 GbE RoCE/SMC-R, HiperSockets™, SMC-D
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