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The mainframe lives on: IBM z13 ready to power mobile transactions and analytics
Posted on 14-Jan-2015 13:56. | Tags Filed under: News.

IBM has announced one of the most sophisticated computer systems ever built, delivering scale and economics together with real-time encryption and analytics to help meet the expectations of consumers for speed and safety for trillions of transactions in the mobile economy.

The company says the new z13 mainframe system culminates a US$1 billion investment, five years of development, exploits the innovation of more than 500 new patents and represents a collaboration with more than 60 clients.

IBM's new mainframe provides unprecedented new capabilities, including being the first system able to process 2.5 billion transactions a day. IBM also says the z13 is the first system to make practical real-time encryption of all mobile transactions at any scale.

z13 comes with embedded analytics providing real-time insights on all transactions. This capability can help guarantee the ability of the client to run real-time fraud detection on 100 percent of their business transactions by delivering 'on the fly' analytic insights that are 17X faster than compared competitive systems at a fraction of the cost, according to the company.

The z13 system is squarely aimed at mobile application support. The rapid growth of mobile applications has created consumers who expect mobile transactions to be fast and seamless – regardless of which mobile payment platform, retailer, or financial organization is providing the service.

"Every time a consumer makes a purchase or hits refresh on a smart phone, it can create a cascade of events on the back end of the computing environment. The z13 is designed to handle billions of transactions for the mobile economy. Only the IBM mainframe can put the power of the world's most secure datacenters in the palm of your hand," said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president, IBM Systems. "Consumers expect fast, easy and secure mobile transactions. The implication for business is the creation of a secure, high performance infrastructure with sophisticated analytics."

As mobile adoption grows, consumers are driving exponentially larger numbers of mobile transactions. Each of these mobile transactions triggers a cascade of events across computing systems. These events include comparisons to past purchases, data encryption and decryption, bank-to-bank reconciliations, and customer loyalty discounts. This cascade of events causes a so-called "starburst effect" – where a single transaction can trigger as few as four or as many as 100 additional system interactions.

One of the main features of the z13 is its fast microprocessor, twice as fast than the most common current server processors, 300 percent more memory, 100 percent more bandwidth and vector processing analytics to speed mobile transactions. IBM has designed the z13 to integrate real-time scoring and guarantees this capability as a feature of the system. This scoring can be used for fraud detection on 100 percent of a client's business transactions.

In addition to assistance with fraud prevention, businesses looking to enhance their customer loyalty programs will be able to use new z13 capabilities to add more personalization by gaining a real-time view of a client's purchasing habits to offer up-sell and cross-sell promotions before they leave the store -- and in some cases before they even enter.

Businesses today don't have the ability to analyze 100 percent of a consumer's transaction. With the z13, businesses will be able to use IBM's predictive analytics modeling technology, SPSS, and personalize the transaction as it occurs.

The z13 includes new support for Hadoop, enabling unstructured data to be analyzed in the system. Other analytics advances include faster acceleration of queries by adding DB2 BLU for Linux providing an in-memory database, enhancements to the IBM DB2 analytics accelerator, and vastly improved performance for mathematically intense analytics workloads.

This new syste is based on open standards, fully supporting Linux and OpenStack.

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