A lot of companies say they adhere to the axiom, “we listen to our clients,” and while that may be very true the real question is do they do anything about it? When our ClearPath clients speak we not only listen, we also act. Hundreds of millions of transactions traverse ClearPath systems on a daily basis. All must be handled quickly, efficiently, and, more importantly, securely. We understand that ClearPath technologies are at the core of many mission-critical computing infrastructures around the globe. We don’t take that responsibility lightly.
We have designed and built ClearPath systems for a long time. We recognize that business demands change and evolve. An explosion of mobility initiatives over the past decade is driving unanticipated demand for computing resources. Businesses are demanding innovative and cost effective methods to meet the challenge. The Unisys response in 2005 was to announce a new strategic initiative to fundamentally transform ClearPath. At the core of the transition is the best-in-class Intel® Xeon® processor technology that conditions ClearPath systems to deliver system wide performance attributes exceeding those of any previous Unisys proprietary design. We’ve complemented this approach with an internally-distributed architecture and engineering innovations that resulted in significant increases in CPU, I/O, and networking capacity.
The architectural strategy enables ClearPath platforms to divide core functions among dedicated internal cells. IP operations, for example, are managed by a Processor Memory Module (PMM). An I/O Specialty Module (ISM) houses all I/O functions, as well as ClearPath specialty engine partitions. The ISMs feature an advanced version of our secure partitioning (s-Par®) technology, allowing for transparent functionality of multiple, simultaneous instances of ClearPath specialty partitions within a single form. Solidifying the architectural implementation are sophisticated localized fail-over mechanisms where all critical functioning units may have built-in backups to maintain high levels of availability.
In addition to the demand for ever-increasing performance are the mounting pressures on IT in other areas. Demographic concerns, loss of key skills and knowledge as the baby boomer generation transitions into retirement, and the mismatch of available new skills compared to what is required is causing business to take a fresh look at their IT requirements. Clients are looking for ideas as well as enabling technologies. Enter the Unisys fabric infrastructure.
Based on our industry leading s-Par x86 virtualization technology, first introduced in ClearPath systems in 2009, the Forward! by Unisys product was released in December 2013. Forward! is made up of a collection of platforms, each capable of presenting multiple s-Par-enabled secure application partitions supporting Enterprise Windows and/or Linux, and woven together by a high-speed, low-latency interconnect. The Forward! product solution is targeted towards Unix-to-Linux migrations, internal cloud initiatives, consolidation, and big data implementations. The Forward! capability set is now being tightly integrated with ClearPath. All the new ClearPath systems introduce the evolution of ClearPath to a fabric-based infrastructure. The systems expand into an interconnected architecture that facilitates bidirectional enterprise application access to data and services hosted on either Enterprise Windows/Linux or ClearPath systems. This brings greater power and leading-edge capabilities to application modernization initiatives, enriching the value of existing investments. Clients can improve the ease of creating, testing, deploying, and maintaining new ClearPath applications and services through the use of prevalent and modern tools and skills.
To put it bluntly, ClearPath is entering a new and exciting era.
It All Comes Down to Innovation and Commitment.
In the end, the inclusion of cutting-edge Intel® technology — coupled with innovative leaps in processor translation techniques by Unisys engineering, and the changes to platform architectures — serve a simple purpose: maximize agility and performance. The new Libra 8300 Series systems deliver the highest performance ever achieved by an MCP system. The new Dorado 6300 Series is entering the high-end OS 2200 space for the very first time with up to four times the I/O performance of our largest Dorado system but with much less hardware. Both of these designs are one year ahead of schedule and testify to the fact that we did what we said we would do.
And while the performance increases – as well as the new architecture and capabilities that enable these gains – are certainly groundbreaking, one constant remains: our ongoing commitment to preserve and expand the qualities that have made ClearPath what it is today. Not only do the new systems deliver unparalleled levels of performance, security, reliability, and availability; they also maintain code compatibility with previous models. Clients may migrate to the new platforms in a smooth, low-risk manner. We listened to our clients. And we answered.