Unisys focuses on flexible infrastructure

Unisys continued to focus on making Intel-based server environments flexible and highly available with an update to its high-end ES7000 server line, the ability for customers to add and subtract computing power in small increments, and a new, low-cost business continuity service.

On Tuesday, Unisys introduced the second in its SafeGuard family of business continuity products. SafeGuard Duplex provides data replication services for heterogeneous servers and storage devices. SafeGuard Duplex is a low-cost alternative to Unisys' first SafeGuard offering - SafeGuard 30m, which provides automated application failover in 30 minutes or less.

"With SafeGuard Duplex, we give customers the ability to have basic replication capabilities," says Mark Feverston, vice president of enterprise servers at Unisys. "Should that data become business-critical, it's only a matter of a software upgrade to have SafeGuard 30m and true failover capabilities."

Both SafeGuard offerings operate over unlimited distances and support a variety of operating systems including HP-UX, Sun Solaris, IBM AIX, Linux and Microsoft, as well as storage systems from HP, IBM, EMC and Hitachi.

SafeGuard 30m is priced starting at $US285,000 for 1 terabyte of data, while SafeGuard Duplex is available at a starting price of $US190,000 for 1 terabyte of data. Both come with three years of support.

On the hardware side, Unisys announced the latest addition to its ES7000 server line, the ES7000/one. The 3U server comes with four processors, and up to eight of the boxes can be cabled together to create a single 32-way system.

New in the ES7000/one is the ability to run both Xeon and Itanium processors in a single physical box. In addition, Unisys has updated the real-time capacity (RTC) feature to enable customers to turn on and off processing power in increments as small as a single CPU. When Unisys introduced RTC on the ES7000 last year it required customers to turn on or off computing capacity in increments of four processors.

The single-CPU increment allows customers to better manage the hardware for spiky enterprise applications, Feverston says. Previously, the ES7000 servers were geared for larger workloads such as databases.

The ES7000/one, which supports Red Hat and SuSE Linux, as well as Windows, starts around $US35,000, Feverston says.

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