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IBM Launches z15 Mainframe With New Data Protection Capabilities

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IBM on Thursday unveiled the IBM z15, a mainframe that provides enterprises new capabilities for protecting sensitive customer data across hybrid multi-cloud environments.

The z15 can process up to one trillion web transactions per day, it supports massive databases, it has 12 percent more cores and 25 percent more memory than its predecessor, and it delivers 30 times lower latency, IBM says.

As for security, the z15 introduces new technology called Data Privacy Passports, which provides end-to-end data protection and privacy, allowing users to encrypt data and grant or revoke access to it, regardless of where it moves.

This technology can allow organizations to enforce data privacy policies that are adapted to the needs of different users, and track data anywhere it travels.

The Data Privacy Passports technology is currently in beta and it’s available not only on z15 platforms, but also on LinuxONE III Linux server hardware, which IBM also announced on Thursday and which incorporates other technologies as well from the z15.

IBM says these capabilities, which the company claims are an industry first, enable organizations to give their customers more control over how their personal data is used. This, according to a study published by the tech giant on Thursday, is exactly what consumers want — a survey showed that 76 percent would be more willing to share personal data with an entity that allows them to take back that data at any time.

“IBM Z is an essential component for addressing top concerns around hybrid cloud like security, privacy and agility. With z15, our clients can have the cloud they want, with the privacy and security they need – protection for both traditional mission-critical workloads and newer workloads like digital asset custody or blockchain,” said Ross Mauri, GM of IBM Z.

Mauri added, “The reality is that for clients whose businesses depend on access to data in real time, IBM Z remains the go to choice. Often, our clients need access to data and analytic insights in a fraction of a second – not minutes, with the ability to control privacy of that data at a granular level.”

IBM also unveiled on Thursday the DS8900F enterprise storage system, which is designed to provide comprehensive cybersecurity, data availability and resiliency for mission-critical hybrid multi-cloud environments.

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Eduard Kovacs (@EduardKovacs) is a contributing editor at SecurityWeek. He worked as a high school IT teacher for two years before starting a career in journalism as Softpedia’s security news reporter. Eduard holds a bachelor’s degree in industrial informatics and a master’s degree in computer techniques applied in electrical engineering.