Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
GET RECOGNIZED.
Let an ISACA® certification
elevate your career.

Register today and save
Enterprise I.T.
Tame your scariest paperwork. Find Out How
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
IBM
IBM's $1B Mainframe Investment Bears Fruit: zEnterprise EC12

By Jennifer LeClaire
August 28, 2012 11:53AM

    Bookmark and Share
"IBM is offering features that large-scale enterprises like banks and financial trading systems and credit card firms that have been buying mainframes for the better part of 30, 40 and 50 years, really want," said analyst Charles King. "At the same time...IBM has done a great job of modernizing it with new features and supporting new types of applications."
 



Big Blue on Tuesday unveiled the fruit of its $1 billion investment to preserve leadership in the mainframe market. Dubbed the zEnterprise EC12 mainframe server, the new technology proves that IBM is serious about the growing need to secure and manage critical information with the System z mainframe.

The billion-dollar investment is Big Blue's big bet that enterprises are looking for new ways to secure and gain insights into financial, customer and enterprise resource data so they can offer better services. The new zEC12 supports operational analytics that aim to help clients sift through and transform large volumes of raw data into information that gives them a competitive edge.

Doug Balog, general manager for IBM System z, said the new offering is a response to the current enterprise demands around analytics, cloud and mobile computing.

"Our end-to-end design approach for smarter computing -- from processors to systems to software optimization -- is targeted to handle complicated business challenges associated with managing, protecting and analyzing a client's most critical information," Balog said.

It's also one of the ways IBM is working to position the mainframe as a must-have in the enterprise.

Focusing on Data Security

IBM pointed to the security of its new mainframe. Built-in security features are designed to meet the security and compliance requirements of different industries. With operational analytics and near real-time workload monitoring and analysis, IBM said clients can use the new zEC12 for a variety of workloads, including hybrid clouds.

IBM System z remains the only commercial server to achieve Common Criteria Evaluation Assurance Level 5+ security classification. The new zEC12 builds on this with security and privacy features to help protect data at rest or in flight -- a critical capability in the age of Internet banking and mobile devices.

For example, zEC12 includes what IBM calls a "tamper-resistant cryptographic co-processor" known as Crypto Express4S. The processor provides privacy for transactions and sensitive data and can be configured to provide support for high-quality digital signatures used with applications for smart passports, national ID cards and online legal proceedings, replacing handwritten signatures as directed by the EU and the public sector.

IBM's Secret Sauce

We turned to Charles King, principal analyst at Pund-IT, to get the big picture on Big Blue's new offering. He told us IBM's long-term mainframe strategy combines two elements: striving to deliver better performance and modernizing features.

"IBM is offering features that large-scale enterprises like banks and financial trading systems and credit card firms that have been buying mainframes for the better part of 30, 40 and 50 years, really want," King said.

"At the same time, one of the reasons the mainframe has endured so long is that IBM has done a great job of modernizing it with new features and supporting new types of applications that smaller businesses or newer business processes or applications require. Not only is the mainframe still every bit as relevant today as it was when it was introduced, but it remains probably the best example of a business-critical computing system that is available."
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:





 Enterprise I.T.
1.   BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
2.   BlackBerry BES 10 Now Hosted
3.   Teaming Up: CIOs, IT Asset Managers
4.   Juniper DDoS for High-IQ Networks
5.   IBM Rolls Out Hybrid Cloud Services


advertisement
Backlash Stirs Against H-1B Visas
Debate over foreign workers continues.
Average Rating:
BlackBerry Acquires Secusmart
German security firm offers street cred.
Average Rating:
IBM Rolls Out Hybrid Cloud Services
Based on SoftLayer net infrastructure.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Canadian Government Charges China With Cyberattack
The government of Canada is not happy with China. Canadian officials have accused "a highly sophisticated Chinese state-sponsored actor" of launching a cyberattack on its National Research Council.
 
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Apple Updates MacBook Pros, Cuts Prices Up to $100
The popular MacBook Pro laptop line just got an update and a price cut of as much as $100. The MacBook Pro with Retina display now includes faster processors and double the memory.
 
Watson Gets His First Customer Service Gig
Since appearing on Jeopardy, IBM's Watson supercomputer has been making a living using his super-intelligent knowledge base for business verticals. Now, Watson's been hired for his first customer service job.
 
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Android 'Fake ID' Puts Millions of Users at Risk
Having this fake ID is nothing to brag about, even if you are a minor. The “Fake ID” Android flaw drops malware into smartphone apps. It can steal credit card data and even take over your device.
 
FTC Wants Fix for 'Perfect Scam' of Mobile Cramming
The U.S. Federal Trade Commission has issued new guidelines to curb “mobile cramming,” a troublesome practice that adds unauthorized third-party charges to mobile phone bills.
 
Facebook: You Will Use Messenger, and You Will Like It
Starting this week, Facebook users with Android and iOS phones will be forced to use the separate Messenger app to send Facebook messages. Pending messages will still be visible in the main app.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.