CHICAGO, Sept. 11, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Universe 2013 -- SUSE® and Unisys Corporation (NYSE: UIS) are partnering to offer enterprise customers worldwide the unique benefits of Forward! by Unisys, a secure fabric architecture designed to support the requirements of mission-critical solutions with the flexibility of virtualized environments and the security, scalability and predictable performance of Unix solutions. The new platform, when combined with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server and SUSE Linux Enterprise High Availability Extension, will provide an extremely flexible and cost-effective environment for running critical business applications and workloads for Unix migration, cloud and big data. "SUSE shares Unisys' vision for the evolution of mission-critical computing, and we are pleased to have them as a key partner in the breakthrough Forward! Initiative," said Dominick Cavuoto, president, Unisys Technology, Consulting and Integration Solutions. "Our alliance with SUSE will be key for supporting SAP and other strategic enterprise applications for clients on the Forward! platform." This architecture, based on Linux and the Intel x86 platform, will bring unique enterprise-level security, availability, scalability and predictable performance to address key IT challenges facing enterprises today. SUSE Linux Enterprise exposes and enables enterprises to take full advantage of the advanced mission-critical capabilities in Forward! by Unisys. Nils Brauckmann, president and general manager of SUSE, said, "SUSE has been partnering with Unisys for the past decade to help customers leverage our joint expertise with data center software and public, private and hybrid clouds to create business value. This next phase of our strategic alliance will bring even greater benefits to organizations needing a cost-effective Linux platform for mission-critical workloads in the cloud, managed services or anything previously run in a Unix environment." Unisys is previewing the Forward! architecture at the Universe client and partner event being held here. The company plans to unveil the platform at Gartner Symposium/ITxpo in early October.