IBM announced new offerings for System z that will provide clients with a platform for the rapid development and deployment of mobile applications and the complete integration of these with their core business processes, applications and data. As part of the announcement, IBM is also unveiling a new flexible pricing model for mobile mainframe clients that will allow them to pay only for the computing capacity they need and use.
The growth in the number of mobile transactions is challenging businesses that are seeing a concurrent rise in their costs related to integrating new mobile applications. The IBM System z Solution for Mobile Computing helps these businesses to rapidly integrate and deliver new mobile and cloud services. The new pricing will provide up to a 60% reduction on the processor capacity reported for mobile transactions, which can help normalize the rate of transaction growth used for software charges.
In addition to the mobile solutions, IBM has also announced a series of offerings to help clients gain even more insight into their data, including:
zDoop software – Working with Veristorm, IBM will provide the industry’s first commercial Hadoop for Linux on System z. This allows clients to avoid staging and offloading of mainframe data to maintain existing security and governance controls;
Flash for mainframe – The next generation of flash storage on IBM DS8870 can provide faster time to insight with up to 4X the performance over SSD;
Continuous Integration for System z – Compresses the application delivery cycle from months to weeks or days. New version of IBM CICS Transaction Server – Delivers enhanced mobile and cloud support for CICS, trusted by businesses running more than 1 billion transactions per day
IBM WebSphere Liberty z/OS Connect - Rapid and secure enablement of web, cloud and mobile access to z/OS assets;
IBM Security zSecure SSE – zSecure can direct security events to QRadar SIEM to provide integrated enterprise wide security intelligence dashboard reporting.