Unisys Upgrades Private Cloud Solution to Version 2
IT service provider Unisys Corp. has upgraded its much-vaunted Secure Private Cloud Solution platform for service providers and customers to version 2, improving performance while simplifying management and monitoring.
The overall philosophy of Unisys Secure Private Cloud is to further its Hybrid Enterprise strategy and prevent what it continues to refer to as “Cloud in a Corner” syndrome, where private clouds end up disconnected from the resources they’re meant to replace, resulting in overlapping IT staff effort and a reduction in cloud cost benefits. And the prescription for that syndrome, according to Unisys, is better management.
New to the platform with this announcement, according to the Unisys press release, is the following:
- A more open framework, allowing administrators to fight vendor lock-in by swapping out elements of the stack. For instance, organizations have the option of using BMC Remedy or IBM Tivoli for service management within the larger Unisys system — so deploying a private cloud doesn’t necessarily mean a total reinvestment in IT resources.
- A new, browser-based single-pane administration view that can be used to manage both data center and cloud resources from any Internet-connected device.
- Role-based single sign-on, with delegated privileges for different users.
- Fault detection and prevention by way of integration with the Unisys Converged Remote Infrastructure Management Suite.
- Better automation and orchestration capabilities for matching resources to demand.
Unisys Secure Private Cloud comes with a metering system to help cloud service providers charge their customers based on usage. And Unisys Advisory Services for Data Center and Cloud Transformation is a professional services offering that helps customers decide if the Secure Private Cloud solution is right for them and then comes up with a plan to get them there. And the related Unisys CloudBuild team will actually deploy it.
Pricing for Unisys Secure Private Cloud starts at $93,000, but the company is estimating operational and cost avoidance savings of $6 million over five years. That sounds like a lot, so take it with a grain of salt.