IBM has unveiled the new version of its z/OS mainframe operating system, z/OS V1.9 that features a number security upgrades.
The new OS will go on sale 28 September and it will run on the zSeries 800, 890, 900, 990 and z9 servers. It will be released about the same time that z/OS 1.6 support from IBM ends.
"End of service for z/OS V1.6 is 30 September, 2007. We encourage users to move to z/OS V1.7 or z/OS V1.8. If you are on z/OS V1.5 or z/OS V1.6, z/OS V1.8 is the last release you can co-exist with and migrate to in a single step. 9 October, 2007 is the last date for ordering z/OS V1.8 no-charge ServerPac and CBPDO," said IBM.
IBM has added more security capabilities to z/OS V1.9 to help protect data. z/OS V1.9 has enhanced PKI Services and RACF to help improve the creation, authentication, renewal, and management of digital certificates for user and device authentication. In addition, the z/OS Integrated Cryptographic Service Facility (ICSF) is planned to be enhanced to include the PKCS#11 standard.
IDC research reported that the IBM mainframe posted its fifth consecutive quarter of revenue growth and outgrew Windows-based servers in 2006. IBM also said it would spend £50m over the next five years to improve the mainframe's ease of use.