Bull Enters Standards-Based Enterprise Server Market
With this release, Bull enters the standards-based enterprise server market.Bull Infrastructure & Systems Thursday unveiled 4-way and 16-way models for its Escala IL product line. These new enterprise-level servers are based on Intel's Itanium architecture.
These latest Escala IL servers expand the Escala product range, making it the most open of all 64-bit server ranges on the market, according to Bull. Escala embraces two processor architectures (Escala PL servers based on a RISC architecture and Escala IL based on the Intel Itanium architecture) and three operating systems (64-bit Linux, Microsoft Windows Whistler Server, and AIX/AIX 5L).
Both the Escala IL400R, Bull's 4-way rackable server line, and the Escala IL1600, its 16-way server line, offer a full range of servers from 1 to 16 processors.
The Escala IL400R will support three operating systems: 64-bit Linux, Microsoft Windows Whistler Server, and AIX 5L. The Escala IL400R server includes reliability features, such as hot-pluggable redundant power supplies and fans.
Initially, the Escala IL1600R will support Microsoft's Windows Whistler Server and AIX 5L. The Escala IL1600R offers reliability and manageability features of enterprise systems, including hot-pluggable system and I/O boards, hot-pluggable and redundant power supplies and fans, self-correcting memory, and hardware partitioning for up to four independent partitions per system.
These new Escala IL servers are designed to respond to the needs of demanding business applications and infrastructures such as: Windows consolidation and scale-up, large databases and data warehousing, ERP/CRM applications, highly secure Internet environments, and high-performance computing. Bull plans to address these areas through targeted partnerships with key software vendors as applications become generally available.
"The benefits for our customers and business partners of the Escala IL servers are an excellent price performance ratio, improved freedom of choice and access over time to a large application portfolio targeted to their needs," said Jean-Philippe Chiarella, vice president, Open Systems, Bull Infrastructure & Systems in a prepared statement.
General availability for the new Escala IL server in end-user production environments will depend on general availability of the chosen operating system on the Intel Itanium architecture.
Bull plans to offer these new servers with i-scale Attitude, a comprehensive set of market programs and services. i-scale Attitude is designed to offer software developers and early technology adopters a head start with the new 64-bit enterprise computing environment offered by the Escala IL servers.
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