Enterprise security

Unmatched integrated security to protect your most critical data

Data security starts with the world’s most secure server for business

IBM z Systems offers a rich set of built-in enterprise security capabilities to help you simplify and improve a complex set of operational security processes. The IBM mainframe is designed for the highest level of data security for commercial server platforms.

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Infrastructure matters. Businesses turn to the IBM mainframe for unmatched security, operational efficiency, speed, seamless scale, and lower cost per transaction. The IBM z System, the world’s premier data and transaction engine, is enabled for mobile, integrates transactions and analytics, and delivers efficient and trusted clouds.


IBM z Systems combine leading-edge innovation and unparalleled capabilities to power cloud, business analytics, mobile applications, and the most important workloads.

Operating Systems

IBM z Systems supports multiple operation systems:

Through its hybrid computing capability, IBM z Systems with IBM z BladeCenter® Extension (zBX) also supports IBM® AIX® on Power, Microsoft Windows® and Linux® on System x®

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