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IBM Launches New Mainframe With Focus On Security And Hybrid Cloud ((FREE))

Balog noted that in 2010, IBM introduced hybrid computing with the launch of the IBM zEnterprise System and the IBM zEnterprise BladeCenter Extension (zBX) to allow enterprises to deploy and integrate workloads across mainframe, Power7 and System x servers. Using zEnterprise Unified Resource Management, these diverse resources can be managed as a single, virtualized system.

IBM Launches New Mainframe With Focus On Security And Hybrid Cloud

This will bring the power of the IBM Z to an even broader center of clients seeking robust security with pervasive encryption, cloud capabilities and powerful analytics with machine learning. Not only does this increase security and capability in on-premises and hybrid cloud environments for clients, IBM will also deploy the new systems in IBM public cloud data centers as the company focuses on enhancing security and performance for increasingly intensive data loads.

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It's been more than 50 years since International Business Machines (IBM 0.15%) launched its first mainframe computer. The world has changed drastically since then, with the personal computer, the internet, smartphones, and cloud computing each driving technological revolutions. But through all of it, the IBM mainframe has remained at the center of our digital lives.

IBM will be aiming to repeat that performance with the z15 mainframe system, which the company unveiled this morning. The z15 builds on the security credentials of the z14 while adding features aimed at ensuring data remains private, even across hybrid, multi-cloud environments.

IBM made a big bet on hybrid and multi-cloud environments when it acquired Red Hat for $34 billion. The company plans to bring Red Hat OpenShift, a container application platform, to its mainframe systems, as well as IBM Cloud Paks, which are containerized software solutions that run on the OpenShift platform. The mainframe is a key part of IBM's hybrid multi-cloud strategy.

When IBM announced the Telum processor that will be in the next mainframe at Hot Chips last year, the focus was squarely on positioning the processor as a foundational layer for cutting edge AI workloads. With the announcements today, the IBM Z team is leaning into the cloud and not just Hybrid cloud, but full-on public cloud.

The competitive landscape for Mainframe Modernization is heating up, with both AWS and Azure coming after the platform from an infrastructure perspective and partnering with a raft of small software companies that are touting their ability to migrate and refactor legacy workloads off the mainframe platform to the public cloud.

I have briefing calls set up with both Broadcom and BMC in the coming weeks and I will be keen to understand what both vendors think of this announcement by IBM, as it fundamentally changes their current go-to-market model and how they license their software. If IBM is going to make the pivot to the cloud, then it needs to bring these vendors along for the ride. The mainframe is a platform with probably 100+ z/OS ISVs running on it. Customers will therefore rightly expect that they can bring their software with them as they move to a cloud-based infrastructure provisioning model.

In the same way that Oracle is driving rapid adoption of its cloud offerings through making data the heart of its proposition, IBM must do the same. A significant portion of enterprise data still resides on the mainframe, with IBM claiming this is as high as 80%+. Only if this mainframe data is in the IBM Cloud, can IBM start to capture the systems with close connectivity to the mainframe on its cloud platform. IBM is well-positioned to become a trusted partner for enterprise customers in highly regulated industries, it just needs to accelerate the pace of the strategy it has announced today.

Closed experiential launches aimed at test and development workloads are directionally important, but what the marketplace is demanding is the full cloud-based deployment of the mainframe for production workloads.

For example, the IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack, announced in February offers industry-standard tools to modernize z/OS applications on a pay-per-use basis. The service includes support for z/OS Connect, which utilizes a JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) interface to tie into and link with existing applications to make Z applications and data part of a hybrid cloud strategy. It also includes z/OS Cloud Broker, which integrates z/OS-based services and resources into Red Hat OpenShift to support creating, modernizing, deploying, and managing applications, data, and infrastructure.

The IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Stack is the first set of capabilities offered through the recently announced IBM Z and Cloud Modernization Center, which offers tools, training, resources, and ecosystem partners to help IBM Z clients accelerate the modernization of mainframe applications, data, and processes to work with hybrid-cloud architectures.

However, Kyndryl is beginning to develop new services, and is forming partnerships in a bid to grow its revenue. It estimates that the $415 billion market opportunity it addresses is growing at 7% a year, with some areas it is targeting (including security, intelligent automation and public cloud managed services) growing even faster.

Customer needs for application services and infrastructure services are diverging, and so spinning off Kyndryl will allow IBM to focus on growing its open hybrid cloud platform and AI capabilities, IBM CEO Arvind Krishna said in October 2020. The split turns IBM from a services-led company to one making more than half its revenue from software and solutions.

Browser-based host access, using an identity access management (IAM) system rather than eight-character passwords, will authorize or deny mainframe access by leveraging enterprise authentication credentials. This ensures users only access the mainframe systems and data they need, using the principle of least privilege. Zero-footprint host access enables essential, secure mainframe access either on premises or in the cloud, without having to manage each desktop, or rely on other systems (like Java) or vendors (like Oracle).

Centrally managed desktop terminal emulation with built-in security can ring-fence business-critical systems and data through masking and encryption, while the right solution enables automatic access for mainframe users.

Extend enterprise security to mainframe access, provide secure zero-footprint access to host applications (on-premises or in the cloud), integrate RPA with the mainframe, and automate terminal-based application testing. More here.

Our long-standing collaboration with Accenture means that customers have access to the open source solutions they need and expertise they can trust to navigate the complexities of open hybrid cloud and grow their business where it needs to be - in the cloud.

Unlocking the rich value and capabilities of hybrid cloud requires deep collaboration across an ecosystem of IT vendors. A recent IDC white paper sponsored by Red Hat revealed that organizations can accelerate application migration projects by 47% and achieve a three-year return on investment of 523% when implementing Red Hat OpenShift with a Red Hat accredited global systems integrator such as Accenture.1 With this expanded partnership, Red Hat and Accenture bring together robust partner ecosystems, equipped with deep technical expertise to support customers across any cloud and any industry, in order to support multi-partner engagements and deliver tailored cloud solutions.

Interestingly, 39 per cent of survey respondents said their modernization plans included using containerization tools, mentioning the likes of Kubernetes and z/OS container extensions (zCX). Containers support hybrid cloud strategies by allowing organizations to use the same orchestration technology across cloud and zSystems and to adopt similar IT tools and processes across mainframe and other platforms.

The majority (60 per cent) believe mainframes to be more secure and resilient than the public cloud, and 54 per cent consider mainframes to be better at high-volume transaction processing. Only 17 per cent think that running applications in the public cloud is usually cheaper, with fewer still (15 per cent) seeing cloud migration as a solution to the zSystems skills crisis.

Everyone knows that AI creates a competitive advantage, so why should you care about the on-chip AI accelerator? The last mile of deploying machine learning/artificial intelligence (ML/AI) models is still a huge challenge. Businesses are investing large amounts of money and skills in developing models; however, latency often kills. The difficulty is that ML/AI models need to be built into applications so that the model can be executed at the point of transaction with virtually no delay. This also must be done at a massive scale! Think about the latency and security concerns if near-real-time banking transactions needed to go from a back-end system to a cloud AI platform to check for fraudulent transactions. 350c69d7ab

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