Encryption Facility R2 for z/OS Performance

An IBM Redpaper publication

Published 08 July 2007

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IBM Form #: REDP-4334-00
(10 pages)

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Authors: Paola Bari, Saheem Granados, Richard Schultz


IBM Encryption Facility for z/OS exploits the existing strengths of the mainframe and the IBM z/OS operating system. It is a host-based facility that leverages existing centralized key management in z/OS and the hardware encryption capabilities of IBM mainframes. Release 2 of Encryption Facility for z/OS adds a new encryption open protocol: openPGP (Pretty Good Privacy) over the IBM proprietary format that was used in Release 1.

This IBM Redpaper provides a description and explanation of the openPGP and demonstrates its use, focusing on the wide interoperability capabilities it gives to Encryption Facility for z/OS. Consideration is also given to the fact that Release 2 is a Java application and the implications and benefits it brings to the mainframe.

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