UNISYS is breathing new life into mainframe by introducing open source applications.
Mike Dooner, Unisys programmes manager systems and technology, says his company is doing to mainframe what Microsoft did to the personal computer — making it easy to use.
As part of its ClearPath strategy, Unisys has included a Java development and deployment environment, pay-for-service pricing model, new mainframe vertical business solutions and a refresh of its Libra server line.
The overall vision is to help customers build real-time infrastructures in a cost-effective way and later in the year Unisys will introduce a second-generation pay-for-service model.
Applications will be delivered through partners and ISVs, and clients will pay for the computer power they use based on a predefined metric relevant to their business.
“There is a reasonably large mainframe population in New Zealand and prior to this we ran the risk of losing them to a competitor,” says Dooner. He says ClearPath is an evolutionary process and the next natural move was to take the environment beyond .Net to Java.
“I hope this may open up the market in New Zealand for small developers and ISVs. Additionally it’s good for our customers and potentially might bring in new clients,” he says.