BLUE BELL, Pa.
April 15, 2014
(NYSE: UIS) today announced that beta-testing of the new
Forward!™ by Unisys enterprise computing platform
JMC Steel Group
– the largest independent pipe and tube manufacturer in
– has shown that the platform delivers superior performance and consistency in running mission-critical applications.
In a controlled beta test environment, the
platform's advanced fabric computing architecture delivered 40 percent better performance for JMC Steel's mission-critical SAP applications than JMC's current servers, with greater predictability. An additional test demonstrated that the physical partitioning on the
platform provides a performance advantage over virtualized environments.
platform combines Unisys' advanced secure partitioning (s-Par
) technology with industry-standard Intel
family processors into a powerful, secure, highly flexible fabric architecture. Each partition creates a secure "container" that dedicates resources to each application workload.
"We couldn't have been more impressed with the improvements in performance and predictability that
by Unisys delivered for our SAP applications," said
, director of IT infrastructure, JMC Steel Group. "We believe that
could deliver significant value as a platform for future mission-critical workloads as we transition to the SAP HANA platform and other big-data applications."
Shows Superior Performance, Compensates for Shortcomings of Virtualization
JMC Steel had recently experienced performance bottlenecks when running key enterprise requirements planning (ERP) applications SAP Business Information Warehouse and Business Objects on its current production systems. Approximately one-third of the company's employees – including the sales organization – use Business Objects to access the latest transactional information, such as inventories, product features and price quotations. An application performance bottleneck can impede a sales representative from accessing updated information in real time from their laptop or other mobile device.
In just a few days, Unisys migrated the SAP applications from JMC Steel's servers running Microsoft Windows 2008 Enterprise Edition to a two-node
configuration running the same operating environment.
The configuration comprised one node for each SAP application. Each node used two partitions – the first for the business application and the second for a CPU and I/O "burner" designed to stress-test the partitioning. Both nodes were in the same physical rack and linked by a high-speed InfiniBand connection. The tests used actual production data.