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October 19, 2010

Unisys introduces virtualisation offering for ClearPath mainframe servers

Enterprise-class virtualisation to clients' data centres

By CBR Staff Writer

Unisys has unveiled an array of new offerings, which are designed to increase the performance of data centres powered by its ClearPath family of mainframe servers.

The new offerings include secure partitioning (sPar), which is a virtualisation technology for ClearPath systems based on Intel processors.

The company said sPar capability brings enterprise-class virtualisation to clients’ data centres, allowing ClearPath users to make use of special-purpose processors called specialty engines to modernise applications and streamline resource management.

Unisys said that the sPar technology introduced with the new ClearPath Libra 4100 Series divides a system based on Intel processors into four secure partitions.

The partitions accommodate the central processing complex where the ClearPath MCP operating system runs and three specialty engines which perform specific application functions, such as web services and Java application deployment.

Each partition is the equivalent of a freestanding server, containing dedicated processors, memory and I/O channels, and is under the direct control of the ClearPath operating system.

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Te company said this sPar design approach delivers the benefits of enterprise-class computing, including consistent performance and security while partitioning makes the computing environment reliable, because a failure in one partition does not affect another.

Control of management functions across all secure partitions by the ClearPath operating system including backup/restore and disaster recovery eliminates the need for virtual servers to be managed independently.

The company said that the new mid-range ClearPath Libra 4100 Series and Dorado 4100 Series, are the models based on Unisys architecture using Intel x64 processors.

Unisys ClearPath portfolio management vice president Bill Maclean said these new offerings continue their investments to make the ClearPath systems the axis of a next-generation data centre that delivers IT resources more efficiently, and with greater reliability and security, than ever before.

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