|BLUE BELL, Pa, February 17, 2015 –
Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) today announced the third generation of the
Forward! by Unisys™ enterprise computing platform. This latest version of the platform features new automation and virtualization capabilities that make it easier and less expensive for organizations to provision mission-critical and tactical application workloads across hybrid IT environments comprising private and public clouds as well as conventional data centers.
The new features include:
- Capability to integrate Unisys
Choreographer™ cloud management system, which automates provisioning and management of workloads;
- Support for VMware application workloads within the
Forward! fabric computing architecture;
Forward! models based on the newest members of the Intel® Xeon® Processor E5 Family that capitalize on enhancements to the
"These latest enhancements demonstrate Unisys' commitment to making
Forward! a premier engine for the hybrid cloud environment," said Rob Cashman, vice president, Mission-Critical Servers and Solutions, Unisys. "By boosting the power of the platform and enabling support for Choreographer's automation capabilities, we are giving CIOs extraordinary flexibility to tap exactly the cloud and data-center resources they need to respond in real time to suddenly emerging business challenges and opportunities."
Forward! combines industry-standard Intel Xeon processors with Unisys' secure partitioning (s‑Par®) software and high-speed interconnect technology in an advanced, software-based fabric architecture linking all computing resources and components. The s-Par software creates a partition with dedicated processing, memory and input/output resources for each application workload, eliminating resource contention and enabling fast, predictable application performance with
New Capabilities Expand CIOs' Cloud and Data Center Options
The capability to integrate Unisys Choreographer will enable
Forward! users to reduce resource provisioning time by automating management of virtual workloads in data centers and private clouds that use VMware, as well as on the public Amazon Web Services (AWS) and Microsoft Azure cloud platforms. Choreographer provides a self-service portal giving users access to a service catalog tailored to their specific job requirements.
By accommodating VMware workloads, the enhanced
Forward! platform gives CIOs great flexibility in deploying applications in a high-speed fabric environment. The applications running in
Forward! partitions and those running in VMware virtual machines can interoperate over the high-speed interconnect within the same
Forward! fabric, avoiding the data-transfer bottlenecks that can slow down performance in a conventional networked system. Support for VMware on
Forward! increases options for data center consolidation and resource usage while enabling a more secure, predictable application environment.
The new entry-level
Forward! Model 1100 uses the "Ivy Bridge" Intel Xeon processor, while the mid-range Models 2120 and 2160 use the new "Haswell" generation. The three new models increase the number of processor cores available by up to 100 percent over comparable prior
Forward! models, and support up to 8, 20 and 30 secure partitions per node, respectively. A single
Forward! fabric can accommodate up to 192 partitions, delivering the power and scalability required for the most challenging mission-critical applications.
Forward! models are available immediately. Choreographer Release 4.1 for integration with
Forward! will be available in the second quarter of 2015.
Unisys is a global information technology company that solves complex IT challenges at the intersection of modern and mission critical. We work with many of the world's largest companies and government organizations to secure and keep their mission-critical operations running at peak performance; streamline and transform their data centers; enhance support to their end users and constituents; and modernize their enterprise applications. We do this while protecting and building on their legacy IT investments. Our offerings include outsourcing and managed services, systems integration and consulting services, high-end server technology, cybersecurity and cloud management software, and maintenance and support services. Unisys has more than 20,000 employees serving clients around the world. For more information, visit
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Brian Daly, Unisys, 215-986-2214
Hannah Slocum, Grayling for Unisys, 646-284-9413