Hardware Today: Unisys Server Snapshot
June 13, 2005
The table below provides a high-level overview of Unisys' server lines and products.
Unisys' Servers, at a Glance
||Intel-based servers that deliver greater scalability and performance than standard commodity servers; typically targeted at clients that have reached the limits of commodity servers or anticipate those application or database servers reaching a limit
|| Xeon MP and Itanium 2
||4 to 16 (Xeon);
4 to 16 (Itanium-2)
|| Windows 2000 AS/DCS, Windows 2003 EE/DCE, SUSE Linux, and Red Hat Linux
|400 series starts at $39,500; 500 series starts at $33,750
||Like the ES7000 Aries line, ES7000 Orion servers have an eye on higher-end computing needs typically associated with proprietary, high-end, RISC/Unix-class systems; positioned for companies looking to standardize on Intel throughout the data center and require the highest levels of scalability, performance, and availability.
|| Xeon MP and Itanium 2
||16 to 64 (Itanium and Xeon MP); the 460 includes up to 32 Xeon MP and 16 Itanium 2 processors, for a total of 48 processors; the 560 includes up to 32 Xeon MP and 32 Itanium 2 processors, for a total of 64 processors
|| Windows 200x AS, SUSE Linux, and Red Hat Linux
|400 series starts at $219,000; 500 series starts at $105,600
|ES3000 Midrange Servers
|| Less extensive, low-end to midrange line designed for "one stop" clients looking to augment their ES7000 or ClearPath solutions
||1 to 4 (Xeon DP and Xeon MP)
||Windows 200x, SUSE Linux Version 9, and Red Hat Linux 3
|ES3120 and ES3120L ranges from $2,779 to $44,579; ES3140 and ES3140L ranges from $5,600 to $72,320
|| High-end mainframes running OS2200, a proprietary operating system whose cellular multiprocessing allows integration of Intel-based processors and operating systems (although it continues to be updated, Gartner advises new customers to shop the ES7000 line, instead and market trends support this)
||Proprietary Instruction Processors
||1 to 32 (Instruction Processors);
1 to 24 (Intel)
||OS 2200, with Windows AS, SUSE, and UnixWare
|Contact the sales department|
||Entry, midrange, and high-end mainframes running MCP (a proprietary operating system) on CMOS processors, and MCPvm on Intel processors; plug-and-play modules enable multiple operating systems to run on a single platform; Libra Model 590 features metering and pay-for-use; still being updated.
||Proprietary CMOS processors and Intel processors
||1 to 32 (CMOS);
1 to 56 (Intel)
|| MCP, MCPvm, Windows 200x AS/DC, SUSE Linux, and Red Hat Linux
| Libra series starts at $250,000; LX series starts at $3,000|
While RTC is the latest news, the ES7000 line has been upgraded since the previous Unisys Server Snapshot. The company introduced three new ES7000 servers in early 2005 that feature the latest Intel Itanium 2 processor. They have double the processing capacity and memory previously available in Itanium-2-based Unisys ES7000 servers. The line now includes 4-, 8-, 16-, and 32-processor models. All are available for use with Microsoft Windows Server 2003, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, and Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise Server.
The ES7000/460, for example, supports both the Itanium 2 processor and the Intel Xeon processor MP in the same rack-mounted unit. It includes up to 32 Xeon MP and 16 Itanium-2 processors, for a total of 48 processors. The server runs 32-bit and 64-bit applications. It is designed for multi-tier applications, such as SAP, PeopleSoft, and Siebel, where 32-bit applications and 64-bit databases can be managed together.
This latest strain of ES7000 servers also includes Sentinel management software enhancements and migration tools. Sentinel permits customers to manage and consolidate multiple applications, including SQL and Oracle databases. Application Sentinel for SQL Server 2.0, for example, provides real diagnostic and optimization capabilities geared to improving throughput up to 40 percent, while reducing response time by 20 percent and processor utilization by 25 percent.
With Unisys RTC offerings, Sentinel transmits automatic alerts when extra capacity is needed. It facilitates the adding of that capacity within about 15 minutes.
Red Hats Off
The final significant shift in the Unisys line up is the addition of Red Hat Linux to its repertoire. The ES7000 server line is fully certified for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (RHEL 4). Unisys customers can now purchase RHEL 4 with any ES7000, from 4 to 32 processors, running in both 32-bit and 64-bit environments.
In recent years, Unisys weaned the ES7000 off Windows-only software by adding Linux into the equation. Why?
"For CIOs, the challenge is to standardize their data center environments in the most cost-effective way possible," says Daiuto. "A growing number of organizations seek to migrate their operations from expensive, proprietary Unix/RISC-based systems onto standardized Linux platforms."