Unisys has introduced a pay-per-use pricing model that will save customers between 20% and 30% in costs as part of its latest line of its ClearPath mainframe servers.
The ClearPath Plus Libra 500 is comprised of one midrange system - the Libra 520 - based on Intel's Gallatin multiprocessor Xeon chip, and two systems - the Libra 580 and Libra 590 - which will support either Xeon processors or the Unisys MCP CMOS processor.
Unisys has already begun introducing the pay-per-use Libra 590 to its customers, said Rod Sapp, the director of marketing for ClearPath at Unisys.
"We got our first alpha customer in the first quarter of 2003," said Sapp. "Just like your mobile phone minutes they will pre-pay for so much performance on a monthly basis. Then we measure their usage, and if they exceed that, they get a bill for that at the next month," he said.
The Libra 590 uses software called the Utilisation Sentinel which allows customers to slow down or speed up the level of system usage available to their mainframe applications, depending how much they want to spend each month.
Unisys has been working on a port of the open-source JBoss J2EE application server to the ClearPath's MCP operating system, and it expected to begin shipping and supporting JBoss with the Libra 500s later this year.
The systems are available immediately and prices range from $300,000 to $1.8m.
Robert McMillian writes for IDG News Service