CrowdStrike Brings Extended Detection and Response to New z16 and LinuxONE 4 Single Frame and Rack Mount Models

New IBM configurations designed for flexibility, sustainability and security within the data center

We are excited to collaborate with IBM, which today unveils its new IBM z16 and LinuxONE Rockhopper 4 single frame and rack mount models, available globally on May 17, 2023. Powered by IBM’s Telum processor, these new configurations are designed for highly efficient data centers with sustainability in mind. CrowdStrike customers can make more effective use of their data center space while remaining resilient in the midst of ongoing global uncertainty.

CrowdStrike brings eXtended Detection and Response (XDR) support to Linux on IBM zSystems, delivered by the unified, cloud-native CrowdStrike Falcon® platform. This extends  industry-leading protection to our customers’ entire estates with extensive OS coverage for hybrid and multi-cloud environments — including mainframes. 

CrowdStrike Falcon® Insight XDR is now available for all Linux on IBM zSystems, including cloud workloads and mainframe clients, providing comprehensive visibility that spans detection, investigation and response. Because mainframe hardware continues to be a critical component of IT infrastructure in large enterprises, protection of these systems cannot impact their performance or the services running on them. The Falcon platform delivers rapid and scalable deployment for IBM zSystems without requiring a reboot, even during updates, and is designed to help keep mission-critical infrastructure running at all times without interruptions.  

Addressing Today’s Changing IT Landscape

Every day, customers face challenges in delivering integrated digital services. According to IBM’s recent IBM Transformation Index report, security, managing complex environments and regulatory compliance were cited as challenges to integrating workloads in a hybrid cloud. In today’s evolving IT landscape, it can be difficult for customers to meet business objectives while adhering to environmental regulations and increasing costs.

The new rack mount option is designed with the same reliability standards as all IBM z16 and LinuxONE systems and is for client-owned data center racks and power distribution units. Installing these systems in the data center can help create a new class of use cases, including data center design, optimized edge computing, and data sovereignty for regulated industries.

Securing Data on a Highly Available System

More sophisticated cyber threats require new standards of protection. IBM z16 and LinuxONE  provide high levels of resiliency offering support for mission-critical workloads. These high availability levels help CrowdStrike’s large enterprise customers — including banks, airlines, healthcare organizations, insurance companies and retailers — maintain access to critical and sensitive customer information including bank accounts, medical records, intellectual property and other data whenever they need it. IBM z16 and LinuxONE 4 single frame and rack mount systems offer a broad range of security capabilities, including confidential computing, centralized key management and quantum-safe cryptography.

Optimizing Flexibility and Sustainability

IBM z16 and LinuxONE Rockhopper4 single frame models are built to help maximize flexibility and sustainability in data centers. With a new partition-level power monitoring capability and additional environmental metrics, these single frame systems are dedicated to helping clients reach their sustainability goals, reducing data center space and energy consumption. These key advantages distinguish the platforms for sustainability in the data center, especially when consolidating workloads from x86 servers.

As a part of the IBM Ecosystem, CrowdStrike is helping companies unlock the value of their infrastructure investments by implementing the tools and technologies designed to help them succeed in a hybrid cloud world. We are excited to be working closely with the IBM Ecosystem to bring new innovations to our clients.

CrowdStrike Falcon for Linux on IBM zSystems can help provide additional layers of security for organizations looking to protect their data, applications and assets, and help solve the most complex challenges in business and society for clients with security solutions for hybrid cloud environments.

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