NEC Member IBM Unveils ‘Most Sophisticated Computer Ever Built’

On January 13, IBM unveiled its newest mainframe, the z13, which the company is calling the ‘most sophisticated computer ever built.’ The z13 can handle up to 2.5 billion transactions per day, the equivalent of 100 Cyber Mondays every day of the year. It cost $1 billion and took five years to create. During the development process, over 60 clients collaborated and provided feedback.

Mainframes, such as the z13, tend to appeal especially to banks, stock exchanges, airlines and retailers. They help prevent service interruptions and are able manage many transactions with very high reliability. The z13 can also track anomalies and trends as it executes transactions which can help banks and other financial institutions track and prevent fraud. Another attraction of mainframes in the smartphone age is their ability to combine data and format it for use on mobile apps. The z13 has many new capabilities which allow it to succeed in a mobile economy.

“Every time a consumer makes a purchase or hits refresh on a smartphone, 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. Consumers expect fast, easy, and secure mobile transactions. The implication for business is the creation of a secure, high performance infrastructure with sophisticated analytics,” said Tom Rosamilia, senior vice president of IBM systems, in a statement.

The New England Council congratulates IBM on this latest achievement and applauds its dedication to creating technology fit for our changing world.

To learn more about z13, please see IBM’s news release.

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