Servers converge as part of Unisys strategy


Servers converge as part of Unisys strategy

Unisys is building on efforts to migrate users of its two proprietary mainframe lines to a common architecture based on Intel and Windows technologies.

The company's introduction of three ClearPath servers offers triple the systems capacity and double the partitions of its existing systems.

Like their predecessors, the latest systems are based on Unisys' Cellular MultiProcessing (CMP) architecture, which allows users to mix applications running on Wintel technology with those running on proprietary Unisys processors in a single box.

The goal is to give users of Unisys' MCP and OS 2200 mainframe operating systems a way to take advantage of their investments while offering a reliable, mainframe-class system for running newer applications, said Rod Sapp, a Unisys director.

The all-Intel-based ClearPath Plus Server CS 7201 model targets MCP users. The system supports up to 32 processors and eight partitions. Users can take advantage of the partitions to run a mix of MCP, Unix and Windows 2000 Advanced Server or Windows Datacenter Server applications.

The two other models introduced last week target users of the OS 2200 operating system. The ClearPath Plus Server CS 7402 box supports up to four of Unisys' proprietary CMOS chips or Intel processors and allows users to combine OS 2200 applications with Windows applications in the same box.

Meanwhile, the CS 7802 model supports up to 32 of Unisys' CMOS processors and is also capable of supporting Intel chips. Like the other models, the system can support a mix of OS 2200, Windows and Unix applications.

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