Unisys has targeted the multi-billion dollar converged infrastructure market with a solution which integrates its Forward platform with Netapp storage systems.
The new solution is designed to run Linux and Windows workloads in an advanced Intel-based fabric architecture using Unisys secure partitioning (s-Par) software with NetApp FAS and E-Series storage systems.
According to a company statement, this solution creates a converged infrastructure in which computing, storage, networking and application resources are integrated and managed as a unified system, promising boosted performance, reliability and security, and a reduction in infrastructure costs.
Industry analysts estimate that the market for converged infrastructure solutions is growing at compound rates in excess of 20 percent per year, and could reach more than $US14 billion by 2017.
Forward with NetApp storage systems combines the flexibility and cost benefits of virtualisation with the predictable performance and storage capabilities typically delivered by dedicated servers.
It provides a platform for addressing a range of modern mission critical applications, including Cloud computing, Big Data analytics and ERP modernization, in highly regulated markets such as financial services, public sector and healthcare where compliance with strict performance standards is a key requirement.
Unisys and NetApp are working together to provide unified installation and support for the solution, significantly reducing integration, installation and management time and costs for clients.
Unisys will act as a single point of contact for Unisys and NetApp customers’ service requests.
Unisys chairman and chief executive, Ed Coleman, said the new joint solution would fill the gap in a rapidly expanding market.
“Forward with NetApp storage systems provides clients with a powerful alternative wherever they need predictable, economical performance, security and scalability for their mission-critical workloads," he said.
"We are excited to collaborate with NetApp to bring this unique solution to market.”
Netapp vice-president of sales, global partners, Mike Giesler, said by integrating Unisys’ fabric computing and secure partitioning technologies with our storage systems, the company has created a solution that provides an advantage in cost, power, scalability and availability for mission critical workloads.