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IBM Device Shores Up Mainframes

IBM plans to release a new processor pack for its mainframe, to make sure corporate data stays locked up in Big Iron.

The System z9 Integrated Information Processor (zIIP) is a high-speed processor that minimizes the need to maintain duplicate copies of the data.

This decreases risks associated with multiple data copies, something that companies can use to provide better security between the applications and the data. Such technologies can go a long way toward making it easier for businesses to meet federal data compliance guidelines, including Sarbanes-Oxley and HIPAA.

In addition to the security upticks, zIIP is designed to free up general computing capacity and lower the cost of running business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and customer relationship management applications on z9 mainframes, said Jim Stallings, the new general manager of IBM System z.

Stallings said on a conference call today that IBM will continue its mainframe innovation, because the z9 and previous machines have done so well for the company in the last few years. He said mainframe revenues in the fourth quarter spiked 28 percent from the year-ago period.

The engine behind zIIP is the mainframe's z/OS operating system, which will direct the work between the general processor and the zIIP. The zIIP is designed so a software program can work with the z/OS to send workloads to the zIIP with no changes to the application.

IBM DB2 for z/OS version 8 will be the first IBM software able to take advantage of the zIIP.

Big Blue intends to begin selling the zIIP later this year for $125,000. Requirements include an IBM System z9 109, z/OS 1.6 or later and DB2 for z/OS V8.

This is the biggest addition to the z9 since IBM launched it nearly a year ago to battle data leaks.

Along with zIIP, IBM officials today also previewed the next version of DB2 for z/OS, which will appear later this year.

This software is tailored to improve IBM WebSphere and Java integration for service-oriented architectures. The software also features better auditing capabilities and improved encryption; partition by growth; and native SQL stored procedures.