One Click and Voilà, Your Entire Data Center is Encrypted

Gwen Vasquez
July 17, 2017

With close to 70 percent of the world's largest businesses - including those in banking, health care, insurance and retail - running on mainframes, IBM z not only increases power and speed to handle enormous transactions, but also introduces pervasive encryption to dramatically improve data protection and regulatory compliance. The engine makes it possible to encrypt all data associated with any application, cloud service, or database, all of the time.

More than 12-billion encrypted transactions per day on a single system.

To demonstrate the use of Z for encryption on cloud services, IBM announced it has opened six new blockchain global data centers in NY, the U.K., Frankfurt, Tokyo, Toronto and Brazil.

"The vast majority of stolen or leaked data today is in the open and easy to use because encryption has been very hard and expensive to do at scale", said Ross Mauri, General Manager, IBM Z. IBM Z makes it possible, for the first time, for organizations to pervasively encrypt data associated with an entire application, cloud service or database in flight or at rest with one click.

IBM has rolled out what it called the biggest revamp of mainframe technology in more than a decade with a system that aims to stem the damage caused by data breaches through pervasive encryption.

IBM has trumpeted what it's calling a huge breakthrough in data encryption and the battle against cybercriminals, with a next-gen mainframe computer driven by a powerful CPU which is capable of encrypting all of a company's data, all the time.

The company said only 2 percent of data in corporate data centers is encrypted because it's expensive and time-consuming to do at the application level that most encryption technology addresses.

The two biggest threats to IBM's continued mainframe revenue stream are X86 servers and the public cloud, hence IBM's Z release being littered with "better than X86" statements and claims.

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IBM Z is created to help clients comply with standards like EU's General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR), and it is deeply integrated with IBM Security software.

Organisations can now immediately demonstrate that data within of scope of compliance is protected and the keys are secure. It offers real-time, self-service verification of protection and encryption, and provides an audit trail showing whether permissioned insiders accessed data.

New microservices and applications that enable clients to maximise the value from security-rich on-premises enterprise systems in real time.

Encrypted application programming interfaces so developers can build applications and services.

Even where a business is running development, test and production environments on the same machine, there is cryptographic separation between the environments, Jordan said. And there's pricing model for payment systems, which is based on the volume of payments not capacity.

IBM mainfraes already support 87% of all credit card transactions and almost $8-trillion payments a year, 29-billion ATM transactions each year, worth almost $5-billion per day, 4-billion passenger flights each year; more than 30-billion transactions per day - more than the number of Google searches every day; and 68% of the world's production workloads at only 6% of the total IT cost.

Of course, IBM is promising this, and has revealed a new pricing strategy called a "container pricing model", but Mauri wouldn't discuss details, so it's hard to know exactly how the company defines "cost-effective". And the Z is faster overall, regardless of the task at hand: there's three times the memory (a hefty 32TB), three times faster input/output and much lower lag when talking to a storage area network.

1 000 concurrent NoSQL databases.

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