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A Quarterly Newsletter for Unisys ClearPath Forward Clients | March 2021

Cloud Without Compromise

By the ClearPath Forward Product Management team

In the simplest – and perhaps most ideal – terms, a public cloud migration is a series of sequential steps, performed in a well-planned and well-orchestrated manner, that delivers a seamless experience to end users and the business alike.

But, as we’ve learned in many recent conversations with our clients, the migration process rarely resembles this ideal. Rather, it’s marked by concerns about business continuity, costs, security exposure, success, and the like. And in addition, while many ClearPath Forward® clients certainly see the value in making this shift, they tell us they’re not sure they have the appropriate expertise in-house to execute it in a controlled manner.

Fortunately, the ClearPath Forward environment stands well equipped to help you make a smooth journey to the public cloud.

With the help of a solution that simplifies your ClearPath Forward environment’s journey to the cloud – making it more transition than migration – and a suite of services aimed at providing deep expertise throughout the process, you’ll follow the fastest, most secure, cost-effective, and risk-free path into the public cloud.

Powering the Transition

Simplifying the transition to the public cloud takes a deployment approach that matches your specific strategic cloud initiatives. That’s precisely what we’re delivering in the ClearPath® Software Series for Microsoft® Azure®.

With your ClearPath Forward applications running on Azure, you’ll be able to capitalize on the advantages you expect from public cloud implementations – reduced risk, cost, and time, as well as the ability to deploy dedicated development, testing, training, QA, and production environments.

And you can rest easy knowing security remains a focal point, even as your applications transition out of the physical realm. The same high levels of ClearPath Forward security – spanning architecture, hardware, firmware, software, middleware, and databases – you’ve long relied on to protect your organization will remain in place in the public cloud. Plus, you’ll take advantage of the cloud-centric security measures inherent to Azure, including physical, infrastructure, and operational controls.

You’ll even be able to add an extra layer of protection in the form of the Unisys Stealth® security suite. With Stealth, you’ll use identity-based, zero-trust network security to take precise control over access, permissions, and which users can interact with which people, devices, and data. You’ll isolate affected systems at the first sign of malicious activity, limiting the scope, duration, and damage of breaches. And a layer of yet-unbroken encryption makes the rest of the network invisible, disrupting unauthorized searches.

Guiding Your Efforts

A viable, low-risk path into the public cloud is certainly important. The guidance you receive along the way is just as critical.

With the help of our ClearPath Cloud Services offerings, you’ll have the expert support you need to make sure your transition to the public cloud progresses efficiently, avoids common pitfalls, and delivers the outcomes you expect.

Our engagements follow a proven lifecycle model that encompasses three distinct offerings: Advisory Services, Transition Services, and Managed Services.

The approach begins with our Advisory Services. During this phase, we’ll work with you to understand your existing on-premise system, define the appropriate Azure infrastructure components, and build an Azure landing zone. As part of this, we’ll take special care to size an Azure infrastructure that reflects your unique workload requirements – and accounts for the capacity needs of the apps you’ll move into the public cloud. You’ll receive a comprehensive cloud transition roadmap at the end of the Advisory Services engagement – detailing your organization’s overall cloud readiness, as well as any pertinent cost, skill, security, and DR considerations – to help guide the remainder of your move.

With key questions answered and an agreed-upon roadmap in place, you’ll be set to begin the Transition Services portion of the engagement. The main focus of this phase will be to implement your instance of the ClearPath Software Series for Microsoft Azure on an Azure virtual machine. As we manage this implementation, we’ll migrate both your application and database files to Azure – without any refactoring or recompiling required. We’ll also set up backup and disaster recovery measures in line with your business continuity and regulatory requirements.

Once the transition is complete, you can rely on our Managed Services to support your ClearPath Forward environment in Azure. Spanning infrastructure, operations, and application monitoring and management, you can rely on these services to make sure your environment maintains peak performance and delivers the efficient, cost-effective IT services internal and external users expect – all while you free up resources to support your organization’s key innovation initiatives.

You’ll be able to complement these core Managed Service offerings with a number of value-added extras, including those focused around evolving your core apps to ensure they continue delivering maximum value, keeping system software current, updating security measures to reflect the latest best practices, and adopting DevOps and new automation tools.

Making a Clean Transition

With the combination of the ClearPath Software Series for Microsoft Azure and the ClearPath Cloud Services portfolio, you’ll make a fast, secure, cost-effective, and risk-free transition to the public cloud.

But more importantly, you’ll transition on your own terms – with no compromises required. You’ll transition without impacting your workloads or making code changes. You’ll eliminate the need to coordinate with and manage third-party providers. And you won’t have to recompile, refactor, or rearchitect any of your critical apps to make the transition possible.

Instead, you’ll reach your end point poised to immediately benefit from the flexibility and promise
the public cloud offers.