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IBM PERSPECTIVE
Linux on z Systems Provides Financial
Industry a Foundation for Blockchain

T

Even as companies adjust
to this mobile boom, another
important but less visible technology that could shake things
up again is emerging: blockchain.
Best known as the distributed
ledger technology that underpins
bitcoin, blockchain can save
time and money while increasing
transparency and trust by creating
a shared digital ledger between
parties. Blockchain could streamline the process behind everything
from stock trades and supply
chains to real estate deals and
marriage licenses.
Its full potential can only be
reached if the blockchain network is built on an infrastructure
platform that provides key core
capabilities. The systems behind
blockchain must ensure data is
protected, the overall integrity of
the business processes are preserved and industry regulations
are followed.
Experts across IBM are working
with clients and collaborating
with others in the industry to build
blockchain solutions that meet
these core capabilities. IBM has created blockchain development hubs
through IBM Bluemix* Garages
(ibm.co/29JpVto) and contributed
code as a founding member of the
Linux* Foundation's Hyperledger
Project (hyperledger.org).

IBM has made Linux on
z Systems* a key component of
its blockchain efforts because
of unmatched security, performance and scale. These
capabilities have earned
the mainframe a valued place in the financial industry, serving
as the core processing
system for 44 of the
world's top 50 banks.
Now, IBM is extending
them to blockchain.
The company also
has launched a network
on IBM Blockchain
for developers to test
and simulate blockchain business network
solutions via the IBM
Bluemix cloud. The new
services take advantage
of IBM LinuxONE*, the
industry's most secure
Linux server, to provide
secure key management,
industry-leading isolation between environments, crypto optimization and unparalleled
protection from host
administrators.
The mainframe's
inherent qualities provide the security needed
to handle sensitive data and trans-

actions. Security capabilities are
built into the system to accelerate
hashing, elliptic digital signatures
and cryptographic key generation,
helping facilitate secure transactions and payments.
The new Secure Service Container for Linux on z Systems also
creates isolated partitions for
protecting data and applications.
This helps keep blockchains on the
same system separate and secure
as a defense against tampering
and to close backdoors often left
open in other cloud-based solutions. With a Secure Service Container, even system administrators
can't access confidential data.
This helps protect against insider
attacks and cybercriminals.
As financial services firms
develop blockchain solutions,
these capabilities will be critical
to their success, and the mainframe will continue to provide
strong differentiation. Even as
digital transformation and new
technologies emerge as potential
disruptors, marketplace leaders
across all industries will be those
who can innovate like a startup
and scale like an enterprise.

ROSS A. MAURI, General Manager,
IBM z Systems and LinuxONE

PHOTOGRAPHY BY BILL BERNSTEIN

he financial industry has undergone visible shifts in technology in recent years.
Customer transactions have quickly moved from personal interactions at
branch offices to online banking or trading and now mobile devices. More than
half of smartphone owners now use their devices for mobile banking, according to
the Federal Reserve (bit.ly/2a7RMVp).

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IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book

Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Linux on Ibm Z Adoption Grows
Ibm Perspective: Linux on Z Systems Provides Financial Industry a Foundation for Blockchain
Small and Efficient: The New Ibm Z13s Can Consolidate Linux Workloads at a Lower Cost
Cover Story: Open to Opportunity: Why More Z Systems Clients Are Running Linux
Feature: Achieving and Advantage: Linux on Z Systems Enables the Api Economy and Microservices While Enhancing Hybrid Cloud Solutions
Feature: A Better Option: Businesses See the Benefits of Using Linux on Z Systems Over Scale-Out Servers
Trends: Plentiful Middleware Options: Co-Locating Analytics on Linux on Z Systems Adds Value
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L1
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L2
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Editor's Desk: Linux on Ibm Z Adoption Grows
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Ibm Perspective: Linux on Z Systems Provides Financial Industry a Foundation for Blockchain
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L5
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Small and Efficient: The New Ibm Z13s Can Consolidate Linux Workloads at a Lower Cost
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L7
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L8
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L9
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Cover Story: Open to Opportunity: Why More Z Systems Clients Are Running Linux
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L11
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L12
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L13
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Feature: Achieving and Advantage: Linux on Z Systems Enables the Api Economy and Microservices While Enhancing Hybrid Cloud Solutions
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L15
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L16
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L17
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Feature: A Better Option: Businesses See the Benefits of Using Linux on Z Systems Over Scale-Out Servers
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L19
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L20
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L21
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - Trends: Plentiful Middleware Options: Co-Locating Analytics on Linux on Z Systems Adds Value
IBM Systems Magazine, Mainframe - November/December 2016 Linux on z Systems E-book - L23
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