SunGard Upgrades Its UCS Cloud Platform

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2010-03-22 Print this article Print

The augmented Unified Computing System-based private-cloud computing platform will offer high availability for application delivery and data recovery services in the UK and North America later this year.

SunGard, one of the more venerable IT software-and-service companies, announced March 22 that it is expanding its Cisco Systems Unified Computing System (UCS)-based private-cloud computing platform to offer high availability for application delivery and data recovery services in North America.

The new enterprise-level package, administered by SunGard Availability Services, will become available in the United Kingdom and in North America in the second half of 2010.

SunGard is the first service provider to build and launch an enterprise cloud platform using the Vblock infrastructure, a preconfigured cloud architecture/hardware/services package introduced by Cisco in November 2009. EMC provides the storage and security (Clariion arrays, RSA-based security), and its subsidiary, VMware, handles the virtualization layer with vSphere. 

Cisco, of course, handles all the networking through its new multipurpose Nexus 1000v network server and its Multilayer Director switches.

SunGard Availability Services has offered a fully managed private-cloud service-without the two new features-in the UK for about a year, formerly called SunGard-as-a-Service.

SunGard, with a lengthy legacy installation base of Fortune 1000 customers, brands the product as its own, provides general services, and adds its own enterprise-level high-availability and data recovery features.

Private cloud computing is a different take on the mainstream version (known as the public cloud) in that smaller, cloudlike IT systems within a firewall offer similar services but to a closed internal network. This network may include corporate or division offices, other companies that are also business partners, raw-material suppliers, resellers, production-chain entities and other organizations intimately connected with a corporate mothership.

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Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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