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Unisys introduces new Intel-based ClearPath mainframes
Posted on 18-May-2007 15:07. | Tags Filed under: News.

Unisys has unveiled the first models of its next-generation ClearPath family of mainframe-class enterprise servers based on multi-core Intel Xeon processors.

The new models are the first major milestone in Unisys previously announced plans to deliver a common platform architecture, using advanced Intel processor technology, for all Unisys enterprise servers.

Those enterprise servers are the replacement for the large machines commonly known as mainframes. Large corporations still use mainframes for their processing, but these are not like the old big iron boxes anymore.

The new ClearPath Dorado Model 400 and Libra Model 400 series support advanced releases of the Unisys OS 2200 and MCP operating environments, respectively. These releases provide support for ClearPath systems using Intel or proprietary processor technology.

Both operating environments provide full compatibility of applications written on earlier-generation ClearPath systems based on CMOS processors.

The Unisys next-generation server architecture will be the first in the market enabling four operating environments - Microsoft Windows and Linux, Unisys OS 2200 and MCP - to run concurrently on the same computer system in a single virtualised partition. Server resources can be shared dynamically, with business services from any combination of those operating environments able to address a client’s business requirements.

The two new ClearPath Dorado 400 Series models 420 and 430 use the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 Series processors. The new Dorado models give users mainframe-class transaction performance, security, availability and resilience. The Model 430 features a pay-for-use capability that lets clients pay for the exact amount of processing power they use, instead of a fixed price for the whole computing platform.

The ClearPath Libra Model 400 is the first Unisys mainframe system based on the Quad-Core Intel Xeon Processor 5300 Series processors. Doubling the single-processor performance of its predecessor Libra Model 300, the new Libra Model 400 offers capacity on-demand options to handle dynamically changing workloads. These compensate for unanticipated spikes in performance and use reserve capacity to support disaster recovery.

Pricing for the basic ClearPath Dorado Model 400 Series, including software, begins at around NZ$270,000. A ClearPath Libra Model 400 for basic workloads is also priced from around NZ$270,000. However, a number of pricing options are available for the Libra Model 400, providing entry points as low as around NZ$43,000. Storage and other facilities for the ClearPath Dorado and Libra systems are separately priced.

The new release of the MCP operating environment includes Java software enhanced to run in the ClearPath environment based on Intel Xeon processors. The new OS 2200 and MCP releases let users optimise Service Oriented Architectures (SOAs).

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