Unisys has introduced what it calls a 'platform-as-a-service' (PaaS) solution.
The first in a planned series of managed cloud solutions for its ClearPath family of mainframe servers, the ClearPath Cloud Development and Test solution extends the company strategy for delivering secure IT services in the cloud, said Unisys.
The solution is designed to supplement clients' current development and test environments, providing access to additional virtual resources when needed for creation, modernisation and functional testing of specific applications.
According to the company, it provides expanded infrastructure sourcing options; accelerates delivery of business functionality to help clients hold down costs and keep projects on schedule; and provides a new approach that helps minimise the risks of large, costly IT projects.
Bill Maclean, vice president of the ClearPath portfolio management at Unisys, said: “With the ClearPath Cloud solutions, Unisys enables ClearPath clients to leverage a new, cost-efficient business model for use of IT resources. Clients can subscribe to and access Unisys-owned computing facilities incrementally to modernise existing ClearPath applications or develop new ones.
“Establishing this new cloud-based server environment for delivery of ClearPath development services is just the latest step Unisys has taken to give clients new ways to capitalise on what we believe is the most modern, secure, open mainframe platform on the market.”
Further developments in the area will see enhanced production and recovery from additional ClearPath Cloud solutions. The currently planned solutions include: a full cloud-based production environment for smaller, independent applications; data replication and disaster recovery for mission-critical business information; and managed Software-as-a-Sservice application solutions for clients' specific industry requirements.