Global information technology company
) unveiled a new solution that integrates its Forward! platform
with NetApp, Inc. (
) storage systems. The solution is designed to diminish the risks
of virtualizing mission-critical applications while improving
efficiency and security.
The solution unites the cost efficiency and flexibility of
virtualization with the reliable performance and storage features
usually provided by dedicated servers.
Integrated Forward! Platform
The Forward! platform has been devised to run mission-critical
Linux and Windows workloads in state-of-the-art fabric architecture
designed by Intel Corporation (
). With Forward!, Unisys and NetApp have framed a converged
infrastructure, which integrates and manages computing, networking,
storage and application resources as a unified system. This
consequently lowers infrastructure costs, in addition to improving
performance, reliability and security.
The integrated platform delivered up to 38% better throughput and
nearly 122% faster multiple-workload performance in a recent
third-party test. Moreover, Forward!'s fabric architecture and
clustering abilities are equipped to cater to the expansion needs
of firms with the scaling-up feature.
The solution can tackle a broad spectrum of mission-critical
applications like big data analytics, cloud computing and ERP
modernization. It also has relevance in highly regulated markets
with stringent performance standards, like the public sector,
financial services and healthcare.
Mission critical applications today necessitate a tradeoff between
cost efficiency, predictability and security. Businesses are
cautious about virtualizing mission-critical applications, like
those from SAP SE (
), as they are apprehensive about security and stability of
Indeed, IT industry experts opine that owing to these concerns,
nearly 30% of server-based applications - mainly
transaction-intensive, intricate, mission-critical workloads - have
not been virtualized. Equipped with NetApp storage systems,
Forward! offers such clients an exceptional alternative to standard
According to some estimates by industry analysts, the market for
converged infrastructure solutions is witnessing a compound annual
growth rate of over 20% and is set to cross the $14 billion mark by
2017. Unisys' validated Forward! platform is well-placed to
capitalize on the robust growth prospects presented by the
Unisys currently sports a Zacks Rank #3 (Hold).
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