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May 27 2009   1:29PM GMT

Unisys brings forth its multimillion dollar mainframes

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Unisys has announced five new servers, ranging from Intel-based entry-level servers to multimillion-dollar mainframes based on its own processor technology.

Mainframe users will probably be interested in the ClearPath Libra 780 and 790 servers, which the company claims brings improvements of 10% in processor performance and 15% in I/O performance over the previous 600 line of Libra machines. The servers run the Unisys MCP operating system and contain 16 Unisys-developed, dual-core processors, each of which is able to handle its own hardware partition in the box.  They cost more than $3 million, according to Bill Maclean, the vice president and general manager for ClearPath. The Libra servers are also available on a pay-per-use model, though Maclean didn’t state any base price for that.

The ClearPath Dorado 740 and 750 are also based on Unisys processors. Starting at $2 million, the Dorado servers run the Unisys OS 2200 operating system and have Unisys-developed processors, and are targeted at the midrange.

Finally, the ClearPath Dorado 4050 uses Intel Xeon processors, runs OS 2200 and starts at about $400,000.

Unisys also released new versions of its MCP and OS 2200 operating systems.

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