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Empowering Leading Businesses Across Industries with the IBM Mainframe
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By Deon Newman, Vice President, Marketing, IBM System z
The release of the IBM System 360 in 1964 started a revolution and planted the seeds of the modern computing era. Since then, the mainframe has remained at the forefront of technology innovation and enabled industry transformation. From the first ATM, to the invention of the barcode, to banks like First National Bank in South Africa providing banking via mobile devices, bringing essential banking services to people who previously had no access to them. So who uses a mainframe today? Well actually, all of us, generally on a daily basis, as the mainframe has enabled the automation of core banking, laid the foundation of the modern insurance industry, allowed governments to accelerate the delivery of social services and enabled the development of the modern reservation systems supporting the travel industry and airlines. It has tackled business, industry and societal challenges and enabled extraordinary progress.
Today’s mainframe the IBM zEnterprise System empowers leading businesses across industries:
Mainframes across the globe process roughly 30 billion business transactions per day, including most major credit card transactions and stock trades, and money transfers. Every second mainframes process 1.1 Million CICS transactions, this compares to 59,000 Google searches per second. 55% of all enterprise applications need the mainframe to complete transactions and its estimated that as much of 80% of all enterprise data resides or originated on IBM mainframes. - mainframes are busy and they run well at very high utilization rates (many in the high 90%s).
As you can imagine, the mainframe has undergone significant change over its life. From a raw performance perspective the 2012 zEnterprise EC12 System is more than 100,000 times more powerful and has almost 800,000 times more memory than the original System 360. The modern mainframe is also one of the most open platforms in the industry today, supporting 8 different operating systems that can run simultaneously in a single server. Linux is the fastest growing operating system on the mainframe running in.80% of the top 100 mainframe clients and in more than 40% of all IBM mainframe clients. The IBM mainframe is the most secure general purpose platform on the planet, by industry standards with the zEnterprise System rated at EAL5+ certification.. And that’s especially important, given that the average cost of an enterprise security breach is now about $5.5M. IBM zEnterprise is also the most reliable platform, with an application availability design point of 99.999% , or roughly equivalent to 5 minutes of downtime per year. In fact many enterprises essential to the world's economy have not experienced a second of unplanned downtime in decades.
It is this level of performance, security and reliability that enable clients like Visa to use the mainframe to secure billions of credit and debit card payments every year. When you add in other similar businesses, the mainframe is responsible for processing about $6 trillion of card payments annually. Now that’s a large number! So to give some perspective, that’s roughly equal to the GDP of Japan, the world’s third largest economy.
Today, we design IBM mainframes to support cloud computing environments, to run analytics within the transactions that take place on the mainframe. We support enterprises like RCBC in the Philippines, who are reaching new markets and gaining new clients by providing new mobile services. Retailers across the planet are extending their mainframe based transaction system to provide mobile commerce to allow shopping on-the-go and governments are providing mobile portals to enable improved services to their citizens.
The future of the mainframe is bright! New models will continue to be delivered and will continue to push the boundaries of computing. But more importantly, because the mainframe is designed for and with our clients, it will continue to push the boundaries of imagination from the brightest and best companies and leaders in the world.
Deon Newman is Vice President, Marketing for IBM System z. He is responsible for worldwide brand management and marketing strategy to develop the position of the System z brand in the market, drive global awareness, interest, and demand. Previously, Mr. Newman served as Vice President, Marketing and Communications, IBM Systems & Technology Group, North America, responsible for driving the North America marketplace leadership and results of the IBM Systems portfolio, marketing strategy and execution. Prior to that, he served as the Worldwide Marketing Director for SOA and IBM WebSphere and as the Worldwide Director of Sales and Marketing for System z Software. Deon joined IBM in 1991 in Melbourne, Australia, and during his IBM career, has held a number of marketing and sales leadership positions across Asia, Europe, the U.S. as well as in a worldwide capacity.