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Unisys Expands Support for Modernized Applications and Mobile Devices on ClearPath Mainframes
New capabilities help clients make it easier for workers to use smartphones and consumer devices to access and manage ClearPath systems
Key enhancements include: integrated support for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, plus enhanced mobile security; support for additional opensource development tools to extend ClearPath applications; and ClearPath Libra Model 750, a new midrange system.
"Today's mainframe environments can't be confined to data centers," said Bill Maclean, vice president, ClearPath portfolio management, Unisys. "They need to extend out to where mobile workers are, supporting transactions onthego. We've made it a priority to build those capabilities into our ClearPath servers to provide what we believe is the most modern, secure, open mainframe platform on the market and to help our clients extend their longterm investments in strategic applications and IT infrastructure."
New, Secure Ways to Support Mobile Workers
The new Release 13.0 of the ClearPath MCP software environment provides secure support for the Apple iPhone and iPod Touch, with planned support for additional mobile devices. This feature enhances the utility of the ClearPath ePortal Specialty Engine, a coprocessor that manages web services and mobiledevice access.
The new capabilities include dynamic application support, which makes it easier for mainframe applications to handle mobile workers' frequent logging on and off. Also, MCP now provides enhanced support for hybrid applications, giving mobiledevice users a single, graphical view of data from multiple ClearPath transaction sources and making it easier for IT executives to view and manage system resources remotely.
To enrich support for users onthego, Unisys also plans an optional help desk service so support representatives can remotely resolve service incidents on mobile devices connected to the ClearPath system.
New mobile security enhancements to MCP include encryption to protect data crossing the network from being accessed by unauthorized users. Also, support for the Locum RealTime Monitor, from Unisys solution partner Locum Software Services Limited, enables system managers to react quickly to security violations based on data from multiple systems - a crucial requirement for mobile environments. This minimizes potential risk to business information and improves regulatory compliance and management reporting.
Open Development Tools Help Modernize ClearPath Applications
The MCP environment now supports the opensource scripting language PHP, making it easier to create Webbased applications that can interact with ClearPath DMSII databases. PHP and other open development tools, such as Java and XML, enable ClearPath clients to create a modernized application environment that bridges technology generations and extends the value of their investments in strategic software.
To accelerate application modernization, ClearPath clients can also take advantage of Unisys Application Advisory Services. These help determine how best to streamline the environment for maximum return on investment - answering questions such as which applications to enable for SOA, wireless or web access; which to modernize with enhanced functionality such as socialmedia or smartphone access; and which to consolidate onpremises or outsource.
ClearPath Libra Model 750: New Entry Point in Midrange Line
Based on a Unisys proprietary CMOS processor, the ClearPath Libra Model 750 provides a new entry point in the midrange ClearPath Libra 700 series. It is designed to accommodate mediumtolarge transaction processing environments - especially those requiring continuous availability. It provides a 35percent improvement in singleprocessor performance over the predecessor Libra Models 585/595.
Like other members of the ClearPath family, the ClearPath Libra Model 750 provides metering, a payforuse system software licensing capability that enables clients to match IT resources to business requirements and pay for the processing power they use, as they use it.
Base configurations of the ClearPath Libra Model 750 are priced from $1.3 million.
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