IBM on Tuesday unveiled a new mainframe, which the company claims can provide the security of data encryption without slowing down system performance to mid-sized organisations.

The new system, known as IBM z13s microprocessor, is enabled and optimised for hybrid cloud environments and can help secure critical information and transactions.

IBM claims that all the security features have been embedded in the hardware of the system and it is the new entry point to the Z Systems portfolio for enterprises of all sizes. The company claims that the new z13s sports updated cryptographic and tamper-resistant hardware-accelerated cryptographic co-processor cards with faster processors and more memory. This makes the system capable of providing encryption at twice the speed of previous mid-range systems.

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Fast and secure transaction processing is core to the IBM mainframe, helping clients grow their digital business in a hybrid cloud environment,said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice-president, IBM Systems. “With the new IBM z13s, clients no longer have to choose between security and performance. This speed of secure transactions, coupled with new analytics technology helping to detect malicious activity and integrated IBM Security offerings, will help mid-sized clients grow their organisation with peace of mind,” he added.

The z13s are connected to the cloud and are able to provide access to APIs and micro-services in a hybrid cloud setting while keeping data integrity intact.

As for other updates regarding the company, they have announced three new IT security partners; including BlackRidge Technology, Forcepoint and RSM Partners.

The z13s goes on sale in March. Pricing is yet to be disclosed.