Unisys unveils mainframe aimed at server consolidation

Unisys' latest mainframe, claimed to be its most powerful to date, is targeting enterprises consolidating their servers and...

Unisys' latest mainframe, claimed to be its most powerful to date, is targeting enterprises consolidating their servers and moving to web services.

The ClearPath Plus Libra 185 can operate at 10,500 MIPS, a processing speed which is more than 400% above Unisys' previous top-line model. The mainframe, which includes built-in .net and Java support, also benefits from substantial increases in memory and throughput.

The system, which will cost from $1.1m to $22.4m depending on configuration, is intended to support the Unisys Business Blueprinting strategy announced last month.

Like Hewlett-Packard's adaptive enterprise, IBM's on-demand initiative and Sun Microsystems' N1, the strategy is intended to improve a company's ability to adapt its existing technology to changing business models.

Unisys has developed a set of vertical-industry-specific solutions, such as for insurance and airlines, to develop optimal business processes and weed out redundancies. An example of such a redundancy could include multiple places in an organisation where customer names and contact information are entered.

Its system can run the Unisys mainframe operating system, MCP, and up to eight partitions with other operating systems, including Linux and Windows. The next-in-line Libra model supports two partitions, and the move to eight partitions is "one of the key reasons why this supports the Blueprinting vision", said Unisys director Rod Sapp.

The mainframe, which can run up to 32 CMOS processors and 24 Intel Xeon processors, also includes support for utility-model computing.

IDC analyst Jean Bozman said Unisys' mainframe supports development of web services, allowing companies to create browser-like access to their legacy systems.

Patrick Thibodeau writes for Computerworld



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