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Unisys debuts Libra 185 mainframe

Unisys has introduced the ClearPath Plus Libra 185, its latest high-end mainframe featuring built-in support for Microsoft’s .net and Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE) application development.

The support for .net and J2EE has been added to the mainframe’s enterprise application environment (EAE) - a software development toolset that will allow users to create applications combining ClearPath COBOL, .net and J2EE modules.

A performance-on-demand feature - which is still in beta testing - allows organisations to increase or decrease performance as business needs change, enabling them to only pay for the performance used.

Rod Sapp, director of ClearPath marketing for Unisys, said the Libra 185 is a completely new design to that of its predecessor, the Libra 180.

"We’ve introduced a new complimentary MOS processor technology, we’ve also totally redesigned the input/output subsystem and we are offering new memory. So, from a technology perspective it’s new at virtually every level," Sapp said.

At the platform level, the Libra 185 supports 32 processors that can configure more than 10,000 million instructions per second in a single platform, Sapp said.

The ClearPath Plus Libra 185 is priced from $1.1m to $22.4m, depending on configuration.

Lindsay Bruce writes for ITWorldCanada

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