Unisys Completes ClearPath System Migration to Intel Architecture
The high-end Dorado 8300 Series represents the culmination of Unisys' efforts to transition its servers from CMOS chips to Intel's Xeon processors.Unisys more than a decade ago began an effort to transition its high-end Dorado and Libra mainframe systems from the aging CMOS processors and onto Intel's x86-based architecture, enabling its customers to run modern applications on increasingly powerful Xeon chips. May 20, Unisys announced the new ClearPath Dorado 8300 Series of servers, the last step in the migration of the ClearPath systems—comprising the Dorado and Libra lines—to the Intel Architecture. The new systems are powered by Xeon chips and are designed to run mission-critical workloads, from traditional applications like online transaction processing to newer real-time data analytics tasks using SAP HANA in-memory technology. The Dorado 8300 systems protect customers' earlier investments by being able to run applications written for earlier Intel- and CMOS-powered Dorado servers without having to be modified, according to Unisys. Many customers have invested millions in their Unisys environments, which are tasked with running crucial mission-critical applications. While they want to run more modern workloads, not many are willing to spend the money needed to switch their infrastructures over to another vendor's hardware. "The ClearPath architectural transition [to Intel] is both a singular achievement and a new beginning," Jim Thompson, chief engineer for Unisys and the person who oversaw the 10-year effort, said in a statement. "The Dorado 8300 Series and our other Intel-based ClearPath systems provide clients with an open, secure computing environment that maximizes their long-term investment in mission-critical software."
In addition, the core of the new ClearPath systems is Unisys' software-based fabric architecture, which has "laid the foundation for software-defined data centers that give our clients extraordinary flexibility to integrate new solutions as quickly as their business needs change," Thompson said.