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Unisys Unveils Cloud Strategy

Published: Thu 12 Nov 2009 02:27 PM
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Unisys Unveils Cloud Strategy and Solutions for New Zealand Market
New strategy combines innovative security with suite of solutions to expand clients’ options for delivery of services in the cloud: private, public and hybrid
Unisys New Zealand today unveiled its innovative cloud strategy and solutions portfolio designed to help New Zealand organisations break through the barriers to adoption of cloud computing. The range of Unisys cloud offerings can help clients lower IT costs while safeguarding business operations and data.
In a recent online poll conducted by Unisys, security and data privacy concerns were cited by more than half of the respondents as the most significant impediment to the adoption of cloud computing among enterprise users1.
“Security is in the Unisys DNA and this is reflected in our approach to cloud computing. We have combined this focus on security with our heritage in data centre transformation, application modernisation and outsourcing services tailored to a client’s specific business needs. The result is a range of options that enable clients to deploy cloud computing in the way that makes sense for their business,” said Brett Hodgson, Managing Director, Unisys New Zealand.
Underpinning this strategy is the Unisys Stealth security solution, an innovative, patent-pending data protection technology initially designed for US government applications and now available in New Zealand. It can be used in both private and public cloud environments. The Unisys Stealth technology cloaks data through multiple levels of authentication and encryption, bit-splitting data into multiple packets so it moves invisibly across networks.
The Unisys cloud computing strategy enables clients to choose the type of data centre computing services that best meet their business objectives, from self-managed, automated IT infrastructures to Unisys-managed cloud services. Using Unisys services and technologies, organisations can create a private cloud within their data centres, a public cloud through secure Unisys-managed cloud solutions, or – in the future – a hybrid cloud solution combining the best of both private and Unisys-managed cloud services.
To support this range of offerings, Unisys has launched a portfolio of Cloud Transformation Services, from advisory to implementation services that help clients assess potential cloud computing options and determine which option best suits their needs or financial objectives.
Unisys provides a secure software stack to support multi-tiered business applications in the cloud. The stack provides dynamic scaling and rapid repurposing of IT resources, as well as process automation. In this secure cloudware stack, Unisys uses best-in-class software and solutions to address key requirements – security, service management, provisioning and virtualisation.
The rollout of the full range of Unisys cloud services to the New Zealand market will be phased in line with market demand. Unisys already offers a range of automation and virtualisation services and technologies used to create a private or public cloud. The Unisys Cloud Transformation Services, which allow clients to plan and migrate to the type of cloud environment that best meets their business goals, are also available now. The packaged Secure Private Cloud Solution will be available from December 2009. The managed public cloud services are currently available today, and Unisys will continue to roll out new cloud data centres world-wide throughout 2010.
Private Cloud Options
New Secure Private Cloud Solution Brings Advantages to Clients’ Internal Data Centres
Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution is a comprehensive IT infrastructure package, enabling quick and cost-effective implementation of a private cloud. It leverages the technology and expertise behind Unisys Secure Cloud Solution, the company’s managed public cloud offering.
Easy to deploy, use and operate, Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution enables clients to reduce IT costs through server and storage virtualisation, remove troublesome IT bottlenecks through automated operations and immediate, as-needed self-service provisioning of resources and align the supply of IT resources to fluctuating business demand.
Clients can either monitor the infrastructure themselves or have Unisys do it through the Unisys Converged Remote Infrastructure Management Solution, which correlates events across all managed infrastructure segments to orchestrate pre-emptive action against potential IT faults.
Also, organisations using Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution can optionally choose to implement Unisys Stealth Solution for additional data protection.
Public Cloud Options
Unisys Secure Cloud Solution: Extreme Security for Cloud Computing
The Unisys Secure Cloud Solution is designed to provide the highest level of data security possible within a cloud environment today, while reducing clients’ upfront investments and ongoing operational costs for cloud computing.
The Unisys Secure Cloud Solution integrates Unisys Stealth technology to allow different clients in a multi-tenant environment to share the same IT infrastructure without fear of exposing one client’s data to another as it transits the network.
Integrated with the new Unisys Secure Cloud Solution, the Unisys Stealth technology enables encrypted “data in motion” to remain invisible as it traverses the infrastructure until it is reassembled upon delivery to authorised users. Data transfer is protected by a unique “Communities of Interest” (Unisys patent-pending) feature that isolates data from one unique group of users to any other groups – essentially making the data invisible on the network. Unisys is also developing a “Stealth” solution for data security on storage area networks (SAN) by providing the same cloaking capability for “data at rest” in a virtualised storage environment. This is expected to be available in 2010.
Based on the Information Technology Infrastructure Library (ITIL) standard for service management, the Unisys Secure Cloud Solution uses the automation and virtualisation capabilities of Unisys real-time infrastructure solutions, which enable the IT infrastructure to respond automatically to changes in the business environment. It also provides a self-service portal that enables organisations to scale IT resources in from anywhere on the network, at any time.
As client needs or data security requirements dictate, the Unisys Secure Cloud Solution can balance workloads across a global network of Unisys data centres, which are certified to key international standards such as ISO/IEC 27001:2005 for security, ISO/IEC 20000 for service management and the SAS 70 Type II auditing standard.
Through these centres, clients can both benefit from Unisys global and local service delivery expertise and comply with laws requiring storage of sensitive business data in-country. They can leverage Unisys layered security infrastructure, which includes intrusion detection and prevention service, security monitoring, advanced correlation and analytics, firewall management and logging.
New Secure “as a Service” Solutions Delivered through Unisys Secure Cloud
Unisys Secure Cloud Solution provides a global platform for delivering a full range of highly secure, managed IT infrastructure and application services available “as a service” through the cloud. These services allow users to modernise their IT and application environments and enhance productivity while lowering costs and safeguarding their operations.
The new services include Secure Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS), for provisioning physical and virtual servers that both scale out and scale up; Secure Platform as a Service (PaaS), which supports Java stacks and, at the end of November 2009, Microsoft software stacks as well as custom stacks such as IBM Websphere and Oracle, to make it easier for clients to move their applications to the cloud without making changes; Secure Disaster Recovery as Service (DRaaS), for comprehensive business continuity services; My Secure Application as a Service (AaaS), for automatic provisioning of IT resources to support applications with multi-tier architectures; and Secure Software as a Service (SaaS), which provides access to hosted applications.
The Secure SaaS offering includes three solutions:
• Secure Hosted Communication and Collaboration Services, for Microsoft Outlook, SharePoint and Office Communication Services;
• Secure Virtual Office as a Service, for access to standard software suites that an organisation’s employees use; and
• Unisys Secure Document Delivery Service, for high-volume documents, such as statements and bills. It allows two-way secure interaction with end customers – for example, making a payment or submitting a personal identification change such as credit card or address change.
New Cloud Transformation Services Build on Unisys Data Centre Expertise
Unisys Cloud Transformation Services allow clients to plan and migrate to the type of cloud environment that best meets their business goals. These services help clients assess what application workloads can be moved to the cloud, how that can be done and the technical, financial and security implications of their choices.
The Unisys Cloud Transformation Services comprise four suites:
• Cloud Advisory and Assessment Services, which guide clients on the strategic implications that cloud computing may have for the business. These services help clients determine if cloud computing – whether a private cloud, a Unisys-managed public cloud or a hybrid cloud – is an effective choice, assess which applications and services are best suited for cloud computing and gauge the potential financial impact on the client’s business.
• Cloud Planning and Design Services, which help clients design the IT infrastructure to support the style of cloud computing they plan to adopt and develop transformation plans for infrastructure deployment and application migration.
• Cloud Implementation Services, which help clients deploy and configure cloud technologies and integrate existing infrastructure and operations, such as remote infrastructure management.
• Cloud Migration Services, which help clients deploy applications to either a Unisys-managed public cloud or a client-managed private cloud or both, with minimised interruptions.
Planning New Generations of Cloud Computing Solutions
Over the next several months, Unisys intends to launch additional solutions that give clients enhanced options in implementing cloud services. As part of this Unisys plans to deliver hybrid cloud technologies that provide the best of managed and dedicated services by combining public and private cloud capabilities.
1 Of the 312 respondents, 51 percent cited security and data privacy concerns when answering the question, “What do you see as your greatest barrier to moving to c loud?” The next-highest barrier to adoption of cloud computing, cited by 21 percent of the respondents, was integration of cloud-based applications with existing systems. Concerns about the ability to bring systems back in-house and regulatory/compliance issues were cited by 18 percent and 10 percent of respondents, respectively.
About Unisys
Unisys is a worldwide information technology company. We provide a portfolio of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for clients. We specialise in helping clients secure their operations, increase the efficiency and utilisation of their data centres, enhance support to their end users and constituents, and modernise their enterprise applications. To provide these services and solutions, we bring together offerings and capabilities in outsourcing services, systems integration and consulting services, infrastructure services, maintenance services, and high-end server technology. With more than 26,000 employees, Unisys serves commercial organisations and government agencies throughout the world. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.
About Unisys Asia Pacific
In Asia Pacific, Unisys delivers services and solutions through subsidiaries in New Zealand, Australia, China, Hong Kong, India, Korea, Malaysia, The Philippines, Singapore,and Taiwan and through distributors or resellers in other countries in the region. For more information, visit www.unisys.com.au.
Forward-Looking Statements
Any statements contained in this release that are not historical facts are forward-looking statements as defined in the Private Securities Litigation Reform Act of 1995. All forward-looking statements rely on assumptions and are subject to various risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially from expectations. Risks and uncertainties that could affect the introduction of products, solutions and services identified in this release include the ability of the company to timely and effectively implement its planned activities; the level of demand for and uncertainty of customer acceptance of these new Unisys products, services and solutions; potential delays or reductions in funding available for research and development of new Unisys products, services and solutions; the performance and capabilities of third parties with whom the company has commercial relationships for cloud computing or data security products, services or solutions; the terms and conditions offered by third party suppliers of integral products, services or solutions; competitive pressures in the information services and technology marketplace, including pricing and introduction of new products and services by third parties; delays or reductions in information technology spending by our clients and potential clients; adverse changes in the economic and business environment; and volatility and rapid technological change in the company's industry. Additional discussion of factors that could affect Unisys future results is contained in periodic filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission.
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