Unisys adds Linux support to ES7000

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Unisys adds Linux support to ES7000

Cliff Saran
The Unisys ES7000 multi-processor 32-bit and 64-bit server family, which has traditionally run Windows datacentre applications, is now available with Linux support.

Michael Hjalsted, director of marketing at Unisys, said the 32-bit server would support up to 32 processors running SuSE, or 16 processors on Red Hat. The 64-bit Itanium version supports 16-processor SuSE configurations, or eight with Red Hat.

Hjalsted said the server could be configured in a mixed environment with logical partitions running Windows or Linux. "Users can partition the server so that some partitions run Windows and others run Linux," he said.

One possible use for Linux on the ES7000, according to Hjalsted, is Unix migration. "It could be used to migrate Oracle or DB/2 onto a more cost-effective platform," he said. For equivalent levels of performance, the ES7000 32- processor Intel-based server is more cost-effective than Unix/ Risc servers, Hjalsted added

Unisys said the ES7000 can be configured with dynamic partitioning. If an application suddenly has a spike in demand, the ES7000 with Linux will automatically allocate additional processing power to that application.

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