The Unisys Secure Private Cloud Solution is being aimed at government and enterprise customers wanting a fast and tough-to-hack option. The technology, underpinned by what Unisys calls ‘Stealth’ was initially developed for the US military. “We are protecting some of America’s most sensitive data with Stealth,” said Brett Hodgson, Unisys New Zealand managing director, at the launch of the service in New Zealand. Hodgson explained the technology “cloaks” or hides data and devices from unauthorised access and secures the data within client confined community of interest. Hodgson says benefits of the technology include protecting the confidentiality of data in motion and at rest, eliminating the need to modify applications or to web-enable them for the cloud and ease of deployment. The technology simplifies IT infrastructure and establishes a verifiable chain of custody for your data.
The rollout of the full range of Unisys cloud services to the New Zealand market will be phased in line with market demand, Unisys said in a press statement.
Unisys currently has a range of automation and virtualisation services and technologies for a private or public cloud. The Unisys Cloud Transformation Services, which allow clients to plan and migrate to the type of cloud environment that best meets their business goals, are also available now.
The packaged Secure Private Cloud Solution will be available from next month. The managed public cloud services are currently available, and Unisys says its will continue to roll out new cloud data centres world-wide throughout 2010.
Despite rival vendors such as Fujitsu and IBM recently launching their own separate cloud solutions, Unisys director of real time infrastructure, Paul Allen, insisted the market was ready for its cloud offering because of its increased security. “Research Unisys has done shows 70 per cent of respondents are saying ‘I’m not putting stuff in the cloud because of security’,” he said. The solution features session-based 256-bit AES encrypted key generation and bit-splitting to secure and transmit data between servers and the clients. There’s also a ‘stealth’ capability to hide data from packet sniffers. “Stealth flattens the network so there is no more need for multiple VPNs. It obviously reduces costs from a telecommunications perspective,” Allen said. “You can’t intercept it, you can’t ping the servers that are stealth protected. Even if someone does intercept the packet, because it’s been bit-split and encrypted, the packet means nothing to them so they can’t capture the whole message.” Unisys will only target companies with over 2000 seats, as well as various government customers. Although Allen said its go-to-market strategy was being reviewed, he could not provide a timetable for completion. “As a general rule, sub-2000 seat customers do not fall into our target market. However, if a sub-2000 customers came to us, we’re absolutely able to fulfil their requirements,” he said.