IBM Launches z15
September 12, 2019
The IBM z15 is a new enterprise
platform delivering the ability to manage the privacy of customer data
across hybrid multicloud environments. With z15, clients can manage who
gets access to data via policy-based controls, with an industry-first
capability to revoke access to data across the hybrid cloud.
The movement of data between partners
and third parties is often the root cause of data breaches. In fact, 60
percent of businesses reported they suffered a data breach caused by a
vendor or third party in 20181. With the growing adoption of hybrid
multicloud environments, the importance of maintaining data security and
privacy only grows more acute and challenging.
The IBM z15 culminates four years of development with over 3,000 IBM Z
patents issued or in process and represents a collaboration with input
from over 100 companies. Key z15 innovations from these investments
across IBM Systems and Research include:
•Encryption Everywhere – Building
upon pervasive encryption, IBM unveiled new Data Privacy Passports
technology2 that clients can use to gain control over how data is stored
and shared – enabling the ability to protect and provision data and
revoke access to that data at any time, not only within the z15
environment but across an enterprise's hybrid multicloud environment.
z15 can also encrypt data everywhere – across hybrid multicloud
environments – to help enterprises secure their data wherever it
•Cloud-Native Development – Can
give clients a competitive advantage by evolving how they modernize apps
in place, build new cloud-native apps and securely integrate their most
important workloads across clouds. Clients are already using IBM Z for
their mission-critical workloads to build, deploy and manage next-gen
apps and protect data through advanced security.
•Instant Recovery – An
industry-first approach to limiting the cost and impact of planned and
unplanned downtime, enabling users to access full system capacity for a
period of time to accelerate shutdown and restart of IBM Z services and
provide a temporary capacity boost to rapidly recover from lost time.
Rising Importance of Data Privacy in Doing Business
A new IBM commissioned study conducted by The Harris Poll3 and released
today found that 64 percent of all consumers have opted not to work with
a business out of concerns of whether they could keep their data secure.
However, that same study found 76 percent of respondents would be more
willing to share personal information if there was a way to fully take
back and retrieve that data at any time. With z15, pervasive encryption
is designed to extend across the enterprise enforcing data privacy by
policy even when it leaves the platform. With this industry-first
capability, clients can offer new services and features that give their
consumers stronger control over how their personal data is used.
The Next Phase of Digital Transformation – Moving Mission-Critical Work
to the Cloud
Businesses today have reportedly already completed the first 20 percent
of their cloud journey. z15 is uniquely positioned to help companies
take this next step in their digital transformation efforts to move
mission critical workloads (the other 80 percent) to the cloud4 by
delivering a hyper-secure, agile and continuously available platform.
As the center of a secured hybrid cloud strategy, today, two-thirds
of the Fortune 100 are using IBM Z. With z15, clients can:
•Process up to one trillion web
transactions a day5, support massive databases, and scale-out to 2.4
million Linux containers in a single z15 system6 — up to 2.3 times more
Linux containers per core on a z15 LPAR versus a compared bare-metal x86
platform, running an identical web server load.
•Address mission-critical latency
challenges by delivering up to 30 times lower latency and up to 28 times
less CPU utilization on z15 by compressing secure web transaction data
before encryption using the Integrated Accelerator for z Enterprise Data
Compression instead of using software compression.
•Leverage 12 percent more cores
than z14, and 25 percent more memory than z14 to help meet the needs of
today's digital businesses.
"More than ever, our customers are looking for transactions to happen in
a fraction of a second in a highly performant manner. Whether they're at
an ATM machine, making a purchase at a retail store, or transferring
money when abroad - the agility, performance and security of IBM Z is
paramount for delivering a positive experience for our customers," said
Graham Fagan, Director of Technology and Operations at Allied Irish
Bank. "The IBM Z platform is one of our most modern infrastructure
platforms in AIB. From our perspective, it's absolutely pivotal to the
successful operation of AIB, and by extension it is critical to the
successful operation of payments and day-to-day banking activity across
the Irish economy."
"Bradesco is a company committed to innovation and constant progress and
we have pioneered the implementation of many types of technologies. In
1982, we launched the first online current account update model in
Brazil and conducted the first banking teleprocessing operation in the
country - all running on IBM's mainframe platform," said Mr. Waldemar
Ruggiero, IT Infrastructure Director at Bradesco. "Nearly 40 years
later, we keep running all core banking data on the mainframe and we
rely on z15 to offer us more processing power, resilience, security and
flexibility so that we can faster deliver new products and services to
"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. "The reality is that for clients whose business' 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."
Data-Centric Privacy Controls
Data Privacy Passports is a consolidated data privacy solution that
is engineered to extend clients' ability to deliver privacy by not only
protecting data on-premises at the infrastructure level, but allows
clients to provision data rules to manage individual user access across
private, public and hybrid cloud data at the data level. z15
accomplishes this by delivering:
•Protection for data wherever it
goes – Protecting data today is a challenge for the simple reason that
data does not stay in one place and solutions are often fragmented or
siloed. Data Privacy Passports addresses this challenge by introducing
Trusted Data Objects (TDO) which provide data centric protection that
stays with the data.
•Privacy with controlled data
usage – Data Privacy Passports allows an organization to establish and
data are surfaced to different users based on their need to know.
Trusted Data Objects technology can also be used to prevent collusion
between data owners leading to the misuse of data.
•Provable consumption of data –
Track the complete data transformation journey from point of origin to
point of consumption, with a central point for clients' auditing and
compliance activities from data access to aggregation.
•Embedded Key Management – Data
Privacy Passports provides required key management for Trusted Data
Objects that are created and distributed throughout the enterprise. This
greatly reduces the complexity of implementing the solutions and
provides simple management of data as it moves between systems.
Bringing Cloud-Native App Development to IBM Z
Last month, IBM announced intent to deliver Red Hat OpenShift on IBM Z
and LinuxONE. This offering will accelerate the transformation to
greater portability and agility through integrated tooling and a
feature-rich ecosystem for cloud-native development on Linux on IBM Z
and LinuxONE offerings. Cloud developers can deploy z/OS applications
using OpenShift with no special Z skills required.
IBM also intends to deliver IBM Cloud Pak offerings to Linux on IBM Z
and LinuxONE offerings. These offerings are designed to accelerate the
rich IBM software ecosystem that is necessary for enterprise clients to
adopt hybrid multicloud deployment. These offerings, combined with the
IBM premier enterprise platforms, IBM Z and LinuxONE, will reinforce and
further strengthen IBM's capability to unlock business value and drive
growth for clients by providing a secured and open hybrid multicloud
Mission-Critical Work Done with No Time Lost
For both planned and unplanned downtime, Instant Recovery brings clients
the ability to unlock the full power of z15, spinning up built-in cores
to return to pre-shutdown SLAs10, while uniquely catching up on business
transactions up to 2.5 times faster 11 than previously possible.
This allows you to:
•Accelerate time to value – By
unleashing the potential of extra capacity within the system, you can
shorten downtime and rapidly restore services and utilize that extra
capacity to rapidly process delayed transactions.
•Gain unlimited Usage – By
enabling businesses to utilize Instant Recovery as frequently as the
business demands, clients have far greater flexibility to respond to new
demands and ongoing maintenance requirements.
•Have zero impact on cost – You
can exploit this industry-first approach at zero additional software
cost12 for systems not at full capacity, limiting the impact of downtime
to the business.
IBM Z and Storage at the Center of a Secured Hybrid Cloud
May, IBM announced key capabilities to further position IBM Z as a
center point of a secured hybrid cloud strategy including z/OS Container
Extensions and z/OS Cloud Broker, making it easier for developers to
build and manage cloud applications – both available on z15. Clients
will also be able to take advantage of Tailored Fit Pricing for IBM Z, a
simple cloud pricing model for today's enterprise IT environment
designed to deliver the transparency and flexibility of
consumption-based pricing, with economies of scale for workloads on IBM
In addition to z15, IBM today announced a new high-end, enterprise
storage system, the IBM DS8900F specifically designed for mission
critical hybrid multicloud environments. The next generation of IBM
DS8900F storage system delivers comprehensive next-level cyber security,
data availability and system resiliency for clients. In addition to z15,
the IBM DS8900F offers clients more than 99.99999 percent uptime13 and
several Disaster Recovery options designed for near-zero recovery times
to ensure protection of data. With these new enterprise-class storage
services, IBM Z clients now have a new level of control to store their
data where it makes the best economic and business sense, while always
keeping it resilient and available.