Retailers: Here’s one less thing to worry about during the IT freeze period
Despite the fast and furious introduction of cloud services, the mainframe has held steady as an integral part of retailers’ hybrid data center. Brick-and-mortar retailers (like Macy’s, Walmart, and H&M) that rely on mainframe technology understand that it’s crucial they keep the customer trust they spend decades building as they expand into the digital marketplace.
Behind the scenes, the mainframe is mission essential, powering 18 of the top 25 retailers’ data centers and storing 71% of corporate data. There’s a reason for that: IBM’s latest model can power 12 billion encrypted transactions per day. And, it runs pervasive encryption – at cloud scale – 18x faster and at just 5% of the cost of x86 systems. In addition to supporting thousands of transactions, mainframes efficiently store data and connect to devices simultaneously for thousands of users.
As any retailer will admit, this kind of reliability is never more crucial than starting on Black Friday through New Year’s day, when payment transactions (that run through mainframes) are at their apex: IBM Z is used across 87% of all credit card transactions and nearly $8 trillion payments a year. If your leadership hasn’t always understood the value of mainframe in their environment, consider these key benefits.
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