It's easy to think of mainframes as technology dinosaurs, but the fact is that these machines remain a key component of the computing strategies of many big companies. Today, IBM announced the latest version of its mainframe computer, the Z15.
As you would expect, these are large and powerful machines that can handle a tremendous workload. For example, this baby can handle up to 1 trillion web transactions daily and handle 2.4 million Docker containers. At the same time it offers unparalleled security for this performance. This includes the ability to encrypt data once, and they remain encrypted even when they leave the system. This is a big advantage for companies with a hybrid strategy.
You can remember that IBM bought Red Hat last year for $ 34 billion last year. The deal was completed in July and the companies have been working to integrate Red Hat technology across the IBM business, including the z series of mainframes.
IBM announced last month that OpenShift, the Kubernetes-based cloud native tools from Red Hat, will be manufactured. available on the mainframe under Linux. This should allow developers who have worked with OpenShift on other systems to seamlessly access the mainframe without special training.
IBM sees the mainframe as a bridge for hybrid computing environments and provides a high-security storage for data when combined with it. Red Hat's tools let companies around the world have a single layer of application and data control ,
While it may be difficult to justify the cost of these machines in the age of cloud computing, Ray Wang, founder and principal analyst at Constellation Research, says it may be cheaper for some customers than the cloud. "If you're a new customer, and you're currently in the cloud and developing on Linux, cost-effectiveness will be cheaper in the long run than with a public cloud, if you have a lot of I / O and a high level of I / O Encryption and security, "he said.
He added," The key point is that the Z is a cost-effective and secure option for ownership in the long run if you fear that computing power will be taken hostage by public cloud providers and working in a multi-cloud hybrid cloud world. "
Companies like airlines and financial services providers continue to use mainframes, and although they need the power that these massive machines provide, they need to do so in a more modern context. The z1