IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - September/October 2017 - 6
PHOTOGRAPHY BY KRISTIE ENGEBRETSON ANDERSON
Trusting the System
ecently, I let the SSL certificate on my personal website
expire. I was given warning and ignored it, rationalizing
that I would get to it or that, since my site doesn't sell
anything or have private information or people logging in,
it would be OK. Lo and behold, my site became inaccessible
the day the certificate expired. I realized the importance of the certificate. With
that security icon (e.g., a lock, green check, etc.) near the URL, I can trust all my
information is encrypted and helping visitors trust the site and, by extension, me.
As people are always connected, trust is imperative for an
organization to set itself apart and connect with consumers. IBM
has stated that trust is the new currency of the digital economy.
Lack of trust can be a barrier. That's one of the proof points
behind IBM's introduction of the new IBM z14*, a highly secure,
connected and cognitive platform. Read about the new IBM Z*
platform in the cover story, page 38.
A key capability of the new system is pervasive encryption.
This end-to-end protection helps organizations secure all of
their enterprise data while reducing the cost and complexity
of meeting compliance mandates. The feature article on page
44 explains more about the benefits of pervasive encryption,
which is considered the new standard of encryption.
In Administrator, learn about the impact of Java* with the
IBM z14, including new hardware facilities like pause-less
garbage collection, high-performance encryption and
decimal processing acceleration. Read about it on page 51.
Currents on page 10 examines the z/OS* strategy to streamline product installation.
Don't miss our magazine readership survey. In it, we get
to know readers and their pain points and successes at work,
including concerns about security, cost and talent. Read the
special section on page SR 1, following the Trends article.
I trust that you will find the articles in this issue and the
capabilities of the z14 to be useful. As for me, I appreciate the
security and peace of mind that comes with both the mainframe capabilities and the certificate on my website.
Valerie Dennis // Managing Editor
R Emily Peterson
Lost and Found
Emily Peterson is the copy editor for
IBM Systems Magazine. A recent transplant to
Minneapolis, she enjoys getting to know the
city better through weekend outings and
wrong turns. She carries her knitting with
her everywhere she goes, so there's
always a sock to finish or shawl to start
if she gets too lost.
Sawdust, the London-based team behind the feature
illustration on page 44, specializes in innovative
typography, visual identities and image creation. At
its heart, Sawdust has a desire to create illustrations
that is both explorative and beautifully crafted. Its work
includes typography, type faces and logo creation.
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