IBM has developed virtualisation products to automatically transform and transmit print-ready jobs securely from a server running the z/OS mainframe operating system. IBM said the technology would help reduce output costs, increase productivity and improve document security.
This is the latest extension of IBM's strategy to support what it calls "collaborative processing". The strategy involves using technologies such as virtualisation, open standards and service oriented architectures to share information in real-time both internally and with business partners.
IBM Print Services Facility for z/OS version 4 is designed to automatically create and transmit error-free, print-ready files. The software automatically encrypts files to protect against unauthorised access to print data and resources, IBM said.
IBM Infoprint Transform Manager for Linux Version 1, Release 2 is designed to handle data- and image-intensive printing. It allows print jobs to be spread across multiple processors or blade servers, so processing power can grow as needs grow, IBM said.