Unisys Rolls Out More Intel-Based ClearPath Mainframes
The new Libra and Dorado systems are part of Unisys’ efforts to migrate its mainframes onto Intel’s Xeon processor platform.Unisys is continuing to move its mainframe server line from its proprietary CMOS processors to Intel’s high-end Xeon processors, unveiling three new ClearPath series systems that will be powered by multiple Xeon E5-2600 chips. Unisys officials on Oct. 10 announced the high-end ClearPath Libra 6200 Series of mainframes, the midrange Libra 4200 Series, and entry-level and midrange Dorado 4200 Series. Coupled with the company’s own s-Par virtualization technology, Unisys officials said the new Intel-based systems offer high-end mainframe performance equal to those based on proprietary architectures, such as IBM and its System z mainframes. “Our new ClearPath systems represent the most dramatic proof yet of Unisys’ commitment to provide an increasingly powerful, open environment to meet our clients’ rapidly evolving enterprise application requirements,” Bill Maclean, vice president of ClearPath portfolio management at Unisys, said in a statement. “We will continue integrating new technologies that enhance ClearPath systems’ unmatched power, security, reliability and availability to help our clients build on their long-term investment in mission-critical business applications.” Unisys officials have been talking about moving its mainframe systems onto Intel technology for about a decade, first looking to embrace the Itanium platform and later—as performance and scalability capabilities of Xeon grew—turning to that x86-based chip family. The latest systems will run on Intel’s Xeon E5-2600 processors, which were released earlier this year and offer up to eight cores per chip, improved performance and better energy efficiency than its predecessors.
Moving the ClearPath mainframe systems onto Intel’s processor platform enables users to continue running mission-critical applications, make application modernization efforts easier and reduce overall computing costs. It also enables enterprises to stay in step with the evolving data centers, which are a demanding greater system performance with reduced power consumption.