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Unisys Corp. has announced that it is partnering with Intel Corp. to bring to market a breakthrough secure computing platform designed to handle the most demanding requirements of mission-critical cloud and big data workloads, while offering Unix clients a cost-effective path off legacy RISC-based platforms onto an Intel-based environment.

The new platform, to be released later in 2013, will build on the security Unisys delivers in mission-critical computing.  It will combine Unisys’ advanced secure partitioning (s-Par) technology with the innovative computing and security features of Intel Xeon family processors, providing an extremely flexible and powerful environment.

The platform will support a range of Intel’s high-performance, availability and security innovations for the Xeon processor family.

As a leading Intel enterprise partner, Unisys believes that the platform will be the first architecture based on Intel Xeon processors to bring enterprise-level security, availability, scalability and predictable performance to the three key IT challenges facing enterprises today:

  • Harnessing the power of the cloud. The Unisys-Intel platform will enable organizations to host Linux, Windows and migrated Unix application workloads on the same platform and provision them across all delivery models – from high-availability mission-critical environments to public clouds – with levels of security and performance required for each workload.
  • Applying big data to real-world applications. The platform will provide extraordinary scalability for big data solutions. It can run open-source Hadoop queries in a single secure partition, adding virtual machines as necessary to solve complex problems in real time.
  • Migrating from Unix-RISC systems. By bringing partitioning and other mission-critical attributes of RISC systems to an Intel x86 platform, the platform will provide a cost-efficient migration path from RISC systems running Unix applications without diminishing system performance.

Leading industry analysts estimate that segments of the cloud computing, big data and Unix-RISC migration markets represent an aggregate market in excess of $23 billion, opening potential joint growth opportunities for Unisys and Intel over the next several years.

Unisys will incorporate the following Intel Xeon processor family innovations into the new platform:

  • Intel Integrated I/O to increase input/output speed and provide greater bandwidth using PCI Express 3.0.
  • New Intel Turbo Boost Technology 2.0, which uses advanced algorithms to deliver increased performance with greatest power efficiency.
  • Intel Advanced Encryption Standard New Instructions (AES NI) for faster, more efficient high-volume encryption.

Unisys and Intel will continue to collaborate on integrating additional Intel innovations into the platform.

According to Forrester Research, the private-cloud segment of the cloud computing market alone will grow to $9.8 billion by 2014.2 IDC forecasts that the big-data infrastructure market will reach $6.4 billion in the same time period.3 In addition, the mid-range and high-end server market, dominated by systems running Unix on RISC platforms, is currently valued at nearly $7 billion. Gartner projects that by 2017, enterprise users will migrate 65% of Unix applications to the Intel x86 platform.

“Unisys has two decades of experience in bringing the power of industry-standard Intel technologies to the high-end server market. Now we are combining recent innovations from the two companies to provide a powerful, compelling and cost-efficient server platform able to handle today’s most demanding applications while delivering the security, reliability, predictability and other attributes that organizations have come to expect from true mission-critical systems. It’s a powerful combination that we believe will reignite the enterprise computing market,” said Ed Coleman, Unisys chairman and CEO

“Intel and Unisys have a joint vision for bringing greater flexibility, simplicity and predictability to the portion of the enterprise computing segment that still uses legacy RISC-based systems today. This innovative platform capitalizes on Intel Xeon processor breakthroughs and the largest software ecosystem advancements to give organizations a powerful new alternative away from costly, outmoded RISC systems,” said Shannon Poulin, vice president of marketing at datacenter and connected solutions group at Intel.

Tags: Intel, Unisys, Xeon, RISC

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