Unisys Announces Forward! by Unisys - Bringing Mission-Critical Security,
Predictability and Performance to Intel-Based Servers
Combining Unisys secure partitioning with Intel Xeon processors and
virtualization technologies, this breakthrough fabric based architecture can
help CIOs reduce cost of enterprise computing by up to 40 percent
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7, 2013
ORLANDO, Fla., Oct. 7, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS)
today announced its new Forward!™ by Unisys enterprise computing platform – a
breakthrough fabric-based solution that brings unmatched levels of
mission-critical security, availability, scalability and predictable computing
performance to workloads running on Intel-based servers.
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The new platform, announced at the Gartner Symposium/ITxpo 2013 being held
here, combines Unisys' advanced secure partitioning (s-Par®) technology with
Intel® Xeon® family processors and virtualization technology into a powerful,
secure, highly flexible fabric architecture able to handle clients' most
demanding mission-critical computing challenges on an industry-standard
Available for delivery in early December, the Forward! by Unisys platform is
ideal for organizations looking to migrate to open Linux and Windows operating
environments from expensive proprietary Unix environments; run secure cloud
and big data workloads; boost the performance of ERP applications such as SAP;
and address server sprawl by consolidating data center resources.
To help organizations realize the value of the Forward! platform, Unisys is
also offering extensive consulting services, including planning, design and
implementation, as well as services for specific use cases: Unix-to-Linux
applications migration, SAP applications and platform migration, and data
Unisys estimates that, compared to competitive Unix systems, the Forward!
platform can cut capital expenses by between 50 to 60 percent and reduce total
cost of ownership by up to 40 percent and compared to physical Linux or
Windows environments, a partitioned Forward! platform can eliminate up to 70
percent of physical servers and reduce software licensing and hardware
maintenance costs by as much as 70 percent.^1 The Forward! by Unisys platform
also increases organizational speed by cutting server provisioning time for
mission-critical workloads from weeks to hours.
The Forward! by Unisys platform provides these benefits while delivering
mission-critical levels of security and predictability compared to standard
"The new Forward! by Unisys platform breaks the paradigm for enterprise-class
computing," said Ed Coleman, Unisys chairman and CEO. "Organizations no longer
need to choose between the predictability and security of proprietary systems
and the flexibility and cost savings of Linux and Windows systems. With
Forward! by Unisys, they can choose one platform for their mission-critical
workloads that gives them the performance and security that they need today
while providing the flexibility to manage new applications and disruptive
technologies as they emerge."
Developed by Unisys in cooperation with Intel Corporation, the Forward!
platform addresses an estimated aggregate market of more than $23 billion for
cloud computing, big data and Unix-RISC migration.^2
Breaking Down the Barriers to Mission-Critical Computing
An April 2013 survey of IT decision makers conducted for Unisys by IDG showed
that concerns about performance and security were the key impediments to
migrating mission-critical applications to a virtualized environment.
With its use of secure partitioning technology, media-agnostic high-speed
interconnects and unified system management capabilities, the Forward!
platform addresses those concerns by providing the flexibility and cost
benefits of virtualization with the predictable performance of proprietary
Within a Forward! fabric platform, each secure partition constitutes a
"containerized" server for execution of a specific workload, with its own
dedicated processing, memory, and I/O channels. Dedicating resources to each
partition eliminates the resource contention and latency that can hamper
systems using virtualization alone. Communications among the secure partitions
occur at memory speed and are inherently secure in that a fault in one
partition does not affect others.
As an extra measure of mission-critical security, the Forward! fabric platform
can be integrated with the Unisys Stealth™ cybersecurity solution. Unisys
Stealth uses advanced data cloaking and encryption techniques to render
applications, data and devices virtually invisible on the network. Whenever an
administrator provisions a partition, he or she can simultaneously provision a
Stealth security infrastructure for that partition, enabling only authorized
users to see and access the cloaked resources.
All of the nodes of a Forward!fabric are connected through high-speed
InfiniBand links that reduce latency and enhance failover capabilities. Nodes
including different generations of computing resources, as well as server
nodes in different locations worldwide, can be added to the Forward! fabric
architecture to create a system that is virtually limitless in scalability and
Unlike commodity hypervisors, the Forward! software environment provides
single-pane management of individual platforms and partitions, interconnects,
internal storage in the fabric and the extended computing infrastructure.
Initially, the Forward! platform uses Intel Xeon E5 processors. Unisys intends
to base future models on Intel Xeon E7 processors. The Forward! fabric
platform capitalizes on a range of Intel's high-performance, availability and
security innovations for the Xeon processor family, including PCI Express
Generation 3 (PCIe 3.0) for enhanced I/O and bandwidth, Turbo Boost Technology
2.0 for power-efficient high performance and Advanced Encryption Standard New
Instructions (AES NI) for high-volume encryption.
Basic configurations of the Forward! by Unisys platform are priced from
For more information on the new platform, visit unisys.com/Forward.
Note to Editors
^1Estimates based on Unisys modeling of cost benefits of transitioning from
^2 Based on Unisys' analysis of data from the following industry analyst
reports: "Sizing the Cloud," Stefan Ried, PhD, Holger Kisker, PhD et al,
Forrester Research, April 2011; "Worldwide Big Data Technology and Services
2012-2016 Forecast," IDC, December 2012; and U.S. and Worldwide Annual
Enterprise Server Shipments and Installed Base," IDC, November 2012.
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of IT services, software, and technology that solves critical problems for
clients. We specialize in helping clients secure their operations, increase
the efficiency and utilization of their data centers, enhance support to their
end users and constituents, and modernize 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
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