Say hello to ‘the most powerful and secure system ever built’

IBM launches z13 Mainframe for mobile economy, claims capability of 2.5bn transactions per day

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Say hello to ‘the most powerful and secure system ever built’ According to IBM, it took five years and a $1bn investment to build the z13, which draws on 500 new patents.
By  Stephen McBride Published  January 15, 2015

IBM has announced its z13 Mainframe, which it boldly claims is "one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built".

The enterprise solutions giant also said the z13, which is targeted at mobile computing, delivers "scale and economics together" and includes capabilities such as real-time encryption and analytics.

According to IBM, it took five years and a $1bn investment to build the z13, which draws on 500 new patents, and involved collaboration with more than 60 of the tech firm's clients. 

"Every time a consumer makes a purchase or hits refresh on a smart phone, it can create a cascade of events on the back end of the computing environment," explained Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. "The z13 is designed to handle billions of transactions for the mobile economy... Consumers expect fast, easy and secure mobile transactions. The implication for business is the creation of a secure, high-performance infrastructure with sophisticated analytics."

IBM claims several world-firsts for the z13 Mainframe. It is said to be the first system able to process 2.5bn transactions in a day and each of those processes is auditable from end-to-end. Z13 is also described by IBM as the first to "make practical real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale", meaning the system speeds up real-time encryption of mobile transactions to help protect the transaction data but deliver sharp response times. And, according to IBM, z13 is the first mainframe system with embedded real-time analytics, which the company hopes will help with real-time fraud detection on 100% of client business transactions by delivering "‘on the fly' analytic insights that are 17 times faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost".

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