Unisys to Help Enterprises Be Smarter About Move to Cloud

Unisys is packaging together existing and a few new consulting and management services in order to help enterprises better manage various cloud implementations.

By Nancy Gohring
Tue, March 22, 2011

IDG News Service — Unisys (UIS) is packaging together existing and a few new consulting and management services in order to help enterprises better manage various cloud implementations.

Enterprises today may run applications in a wide variety of environments, including internal data centers, private clouds, hosted data centers and public clouds. Each environment has its own business and operating models, with different deployment and management tools, said John Treadway, director of cloud services and solutions at Unisys.

"When you pull that all together, you get a lot of benefits out of the cloud, but you may be introducing a lot of unforeseeable or uncovered risks. What you end up with is, you have less control and a greater risk of security breaches and governance and compliance issues," he said.

Some customers are turning to Unisys for help with deploying their second-generation clouds, he said. "The first one they learned from, but they spent a bunch of money, and now they want to do something more mature," he said.

Unisys has now defined a set of methodologies and repeatable processes that it can use to help enterprises assess their cloud needs and then work through deployments. The company already offers Cloud Advisory Services and Cloud Management Services. It is adding new planning, design and implementation services and packaging the existing and new programs into what it is calling CloudBuild Services.

Though Unisys is not yet announcing partners, it is working with other vendors, so it won't only recommend that enterprises use its own cloud offerings.

Unisys looks at three aspects of the cloud for customers: the applications, the data center that will house the applications, and how to tie all the services into a consistent management framework.

Unisys will help enterprises analyze the characteristics of applications to determine whether they should be moved to the cloud and, if so, whether they should be hosted in a public cloud, a private cloud or an internal private cloud. Those decisions will be based on factors such as how mission-critical the application is, what kind of security requirements it has and how much data it produces.

"Doing that methodically helps customers decide 'where do I start with this cloud stuff and which apps should I move,'" he said.

When looking at an enterprise's applications, Unisys will also consider whether it makes sense to rearchitect older applications so they are suitable for the cloud. It will examine the cost to make those changes and the return on that investment.

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