Unisys Corporation announced a major expansion of its open source capabilities with Unisys Open and Secure Integrated Solutions (OASIS), an integrated, certified set of software suites targeted specifically for enterprise class computing based on open standards and fully supported through Unisys global services and vertical-industry solutions capabilities. Combining technology and services, Unisys open source solutions provide a comprehensive environment that enables clients to realize the full benefits of enterprise computing capitalizing on the economics of open source software.
Unisys OASIS and associated services enable clients to take a disciplined, secure approach to realizing the cost, agility and security advantages that open source solutions can provide. The introduction of Unisys OASIS marks another major milestone in Open Source Solutions, a major Unisys growth initiative announced as part of the company's strategic corporate repositioning in November 2005. Unisys sees significant opportunity to partner with clients to help them leverage open source and open standards to realize their strategic imperatives.
The Unisys OASIS software suites provide a range of options, including:
- Application Server Suites, which enable companies to migrate proprietary Java Enterprise Edition environments to open source with increased scalability, security and manageability. Suites include JBoss Application Server, a custom-tuned Java Virtual Machine for use with Unisys scaleable server platforms; and Unisys Application Defender, which seamlessly increases the capability of Java Web applications running in the JBoss environment to withstand attacks by hackers and other adversaries.
- Database Server Suites, which integrate and deploy a choice of the open source databases MySQL and PostgreSQL.
- Solutions for rapid migration to an open source platform, which include tooling, services and methodology for moving databases and application servers from costly UNIX and RISC environments to Linux and Intel-based systems.
- Services for developing Unisys 3D Visible Enterprise (3D-VE) blueprints, which help organizations associate all assets within the context of their business processes, create business blueprints and truly map their business to the IT infrastructure, enabling evolution toward a service-oriented architecture (SOA).
For additional information on Unisys OASIS, visit http://www.unisys.com/services/open__source.htm.
Open source software - freely available under recognized licenses from providers such as Red Hat, Novell, JBoss, MySQL and PostgreSQL, and enhanced by the open source community - liberates clients from control of core technology by a single proprietary vendor and provides a crucial means for developing next-generation SOA. SOA, a rapidly growing enterprise IT strategy, makes enterprise applications a standards-based service where elements of legacy applications and next-generation software can be integrated and assembled quickly to meet rapidly changing business requirements.
"It's the new economic reality of enterprise computing that IT executives must continually do more with less to meet the constantly growing needs of the businesses they support," said Ali Shadman, vice president, Innovative Programs Business, Systems and Technology, Unisys. "With a long heritage in enterprise computing and mission-critical solutions, Unisys is exceptionally qualified to help clients leverage the open source and open standards model to turn that challenge into a business opportunity.
"Unisys has built a comprehensive solution ecosystem combining services skills and vertical-industry solutions expertise with advanced open source technology," added Anthony Gold, vice president and general manager, Open Source Business, Unisys. "This 'Unisys difference' helps enterprise clients unlock the true value of open source and open standards to realize optimal performance and cost advantages."
Unisys consulting, deployment and management services - based on the company's Unisys 3D-VE approach - provide a critical support framework for Unisys OASIS and associated open source offerings. Open source solutions can provide up-front economic advantages in reduced licensing fees and cost savings, but they require integration and management to attain optimal performance and deliver maximum business benefit to the enterprise.
Unisys is focusing expert consultants from its 3D-VE High Performance Center (HPC) on implementing, optimizing and managing open source solutions for clients. These consultants will be key members of Unisys global Open Source Centers of Excellence, which enable customers to benchmark and test business-critical applications in a lab environment before moving them into production.
Unisys also applies its extensive experience with open-source system migration and optimization toward creating solutions tailored to the specialized needs of clients in industries such as financial services, public sector, communications, transportation, consumer and industrial products, and media. Prime examples include Unisys Airline Core Systems Solution (AirCore), which reinvents reservation and departure control systems for airlines; Unisys Next-Generation Ensemble Messaging solutions for the communications industry, driving new converged subscriber services and integrating text, voice and video; and Unisys Hermes Media Ensemble editorial solutions for news media, enabling staff to deliver news closer to real time than ever before.
Employing key components of the Unisys OASIS framework, these advanced solutions combine Unisys deep expertise in targeted industries with Unisys commitment to bring enterprise clients the cost and performance advantages of open source and open standards.
Unisys open source solutions are driven by Unisys 3D-VE approach, which is designed to enable a client to see and then act on cause-effect relationships among business strategy, processes, and IT requirements throughout the entire enterprise, gaining unprecedented visibility into the impacts and costs that can block effective execution.
Applying the 3D-VE approach to open source and open standards, Unisys consultants help clients identify the most critical business processes and supporting applications that would benefit from migration or new deployment through open source. Then they create and deploy applications using the best open source tools and Unisys services. This approach helps clients capitalize on open source and open standards to realize the benefits of secure business operations - breakthrough performance in customer service and satisfaction, improved competitive advantage, more agile IT management with minimized risks, improved operational efficiency and more effective cost control.
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