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Unisys improves performance, software on mainframes

Posted on 27-May-2009 08:36 | Filed under: News

Unisys improves performance, software on mainframes
Unisys Corporation has announced a range of enhancements to its ClearPath family of mainframe servers. The company says these enhancements are designed to help clients transform their enterprise data centers and reduce costs while preserving and extending the value of their investments in business-critical applications.

�The last thing organizations want to do in today�s challenging economic environment is to �rip and replace� their critical IT infrastructure to get better performance,� said Colin Lacey, vice president, Systems and Storage, Unisys. �With Unisys approach to modernizing and transforming data centers, clients don�t have to. The solutions we�re announcing today are all about helping ClearPath clients contain IT costs by preserving and extending their IT infrastructure so it�s flexible enough to help them master unexpected changes in their business environment.�

Unisys is introducing five new ClearPath models, ranging from high-end to entry- level. By leveraging new processor units and input/output (I/O) subsystems, the new models deliver markedly higher performance than predecessor ClearPath models, yielding up to 300 percent improvements in I/O and networking capacity and 200 percent in price/performance.

Four of the new models � ClearPath Libra Models 780/790 (pictured) and ClearPath Dorado Models 740/750 � use Unisys-designed CMOS processor technology.

Designed for very large transaction-processing environments and other mission-critical tasks requiring continuous availability with high security, the new ClearPath Libra Models 780 and 790 are the most powerful systems ever to run the Unisys MCP operating environment. The mid-range ClearPath Dorado Models 740 and 750 are designed to accommodate transaction processing requiring variable performance workloads.

The new entry-level to mid-range ClearPath Dorado Model 4050 using Intel Xeon x64 processors is the latest step in Unisys plan to deliver a next-generation architecture based on advanced Intel technology for all Unisys servers.

Base configurations of the new ClearPath models are priced as follows:

ClearPath Libra Models 780 and 790 from US$3.3 million;
ClearPath Dorado Models 740 and 750 from US$2 million; and
ClearPath Dorado Model 4050 from US$420,000.

Like other members of the ClearPath family, the new models provide flexible resource management, enabling clients to a utilise pay-for-use system software licensing capability, allowing clients to handle dynamically changing workloads economically by maximizing system capacity during peaks and minimizing costs when system usage is low. This allows clients to pay for the exact amount of processing power they use, as they use it, with state-of-the-art usage monitoring.

Users of the new models � and all other supported models in the ClearPath family � can benefit from new releases of the OS 2200 and MCP operating environments. Both OS 2200 release 12.0 and MCP Release 12.1 include enhancements in operations automation; standards-based interoperability; application development; security; and application modernization through SOA implementation.

The new OS 2200 and MCP releases provide support for single-purpose Specialty Engines � integrated processors which offload functions from the central system, enhancing both performance and price/performance. These engines help enterprise clients modernize their application environments and enhance productivity by allowing workers to leverage standard applications and interfaces.

Through an innovative new capability, the ClearPath ePortal Specialty Engine enables mobile workers using intelligent devices such as Apple iPhone and iPod touch units to communicate with ClearPath applications. Clients with these devices can use the look-and-feel they are familiar with to gain transparent access to critical business information.

The enhanced ClearPath ePortal provides multiple options for integrating these intelligent devices. The options include a plug-and-play capability that generates the iPhone/iPod touch application interface; capabilities to customize Web-based ClearPath applications with an iPhone/iPod touch look-and-feel; and integration of native iPhone applications with ClearPath solutions.

Two new Specialty Engines for the ClearPath Dorado line provide enhanced interoperability with heterogeneous systems. The new OS 2200 QProcessor enables transparent communication and information exchange between systems through the widely used IBM Websphere MQ Server messaging facility. The OS 2200 JProcessor � complementing one already available for MCP-based systems � enables integration of new Java applications for a more expansive SOA environment.

Also, by providing integrated support for the recently announced EMC Symmetrix V-Max system, Unisys is providing clients with expanded, cost-effective storage options for virtual data centers in transaction-intensive applications.

This high-end EMC storage array provides incremental scalability as storage needs increase, with simplified, secure management and 24/7 availability across all storage tiers. In addition, clients can benefit from Unisys and EMC�s extensive services and support in deploying the Symmetrix V-Max systems for enterprise computing.

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