Unisys to Beef Up Midrange Servers

Unisys Corp. is looking to bring its high-end server features into the midrange.

Unisys Corp. is looking to bring its high-end server features into the midrange.

The Blue Bell, Pa., company on Monday is launching the first expansion of its ES7000 line of Windows- and Intel-based servers. The ES7000/500 family of servers is scalable from four to 32 processors, all packed into 4U (seven-inch) racks.

The suite comes in four models, starting with the Aries 510, a four-way unit, and running up to the 32-processor 540, according to Mark Feverston, vice president of enterprise server marketing for Unisys.

Code-named Dylan, the servers, which are powered by 2GHz Xeon chips from Intel Corp., range in price from $35,000 to $400,000. The servers are available now, with servers armed with Microsoft Corp.s upcoming Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition due May 30.

The servers will be able to run Windows Server 2003, which Microsoft is releasing April 24, Windows 2000 and The SCO Groups Unixware, Feverston said.

The servers also come armed with Unisys Server Sentinel 2.0 software, which comes with such new security features as expanded user role definitions and security breach detection capabilities. It also includes autonomic computing capabilities, enabling users to manage the servers remotely, and offers a predictive health capability for clustered environments. Sentinel also can anticipate conditions where failover is imminent and determine where to move workloads.

The servers also can be shipped with Application Sentinel software, which Unisys unveiled last month. The software modules track applications and migrate them to new Unisys servers and offer workload balancing, job flow management and Microsoft SQL Server monitoring.

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