IBM launches z13s, entry mainframe with enhanced security

The z13s is designed for hybrid cloud deployments and can encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as the previous version.

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IBM on Tuesday launched the z13s, which is a mainframe aimed at mid-sized companies and includes a bevy of security features.

The z13 is designed to bring the mainframe's security practices to hybrid cloud deployments. The security included in the z13s include:

  • Cryptography features built into hardware that can encrypt and decrypt data twice as fast as predecessor systems.
  • Mainframe security technology that's bundled with IBM security software. IBM is also including its Cyber Security Analytics service to z Systems.
  • Security partners for z Systems that include BlackRidge, Forcepoint and RSM Partners.

IBM has continually refreshed its mainframe line for companies that need to crunch transactions at scale. In recent years, the z line has added access to APIs and various microservices.

For IBM, the z13s is the new entry-level mainframe. The systems will be available in March.