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Unisys unveils ClearPath server

Unisys has completed moving all of its proprietary mainframe-class servers to a single architecture based largely on Intel...

Unisys has completed moving all of its proprietary mainframe-class servers to a single architecture based largely on Intel technologies.

The ClearPath Plus Libra Model 180 server gives existing users of the company's Enterprise Server NX6830 a new and common box for running their proprietary applications based on Unisys' MCP operating system, as well as those based on Windows, Unix and Linux.

The system is 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.

It supports up to 40 processors and 40 partitions and delivers up to 50% more application-level performance than the NX6830, according to Rod Sapp, a Unisys director.

New with the ClearPath Libra is a Performance Distribution technology that is capable of dynamically allocating computing resources to applications as they need them.

Such features give MCP users a single, centralised resource based on open technologies for managing diverse computing resources, and it allows them to protect their investment in legacy environments.

"This fulfils the Unisys commitment to transition all of our mainframe server offerings to CMP architecture," Sapp said. "The only place we had not done it until now was the high-end MCP environment."

The ClearPath Libra servers are available immediately and range from a 40 MIPS box priced at $954,000 (£612,000) to a top-of-the-line 2,100 MIPS system that could cost $17m (£11m).

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