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May 6, 1997updated 05 Sep 2016 1:02pm


By CBR Staff Writer

As part of its increasing commitment to Windows NT, Unisys Corp yesterday unveiled its planned 10- and six-way Aquanta series of symmetrical processing servers which now run either NT or Unix (CI No 3,108). The Aquanta Enterprise Server XR/6 – formerly known as the ClearPath 61000 until Unisys decided that all of its systems with ten processors or less would be re-branded for the Aquanta name (CI No 3,101) – uses the company’s 533Mbps Synchronous Coherent Memory (SCM) bus to link up to 10 200MHz Intel Pentium Pro chips. Unisys claims that it’s the first NT system that scales to 10 processors. The XR/6, which ships in June priced at from $62,730 as a two-way, also supports SCO UnixWare and Unisys’ own SVR4 MP Unix which is being de- emphasized as the company’s commitment to Santa Cruz Operation Inc’s Unix operating system technology development increases. SCM supports up to 20Mb of level 3 cache, 8Gb RAM, 10 PCI and three EISA slots. Unisys has introduced its SMP buddy Advanced Logic Research Inc’s six-way Pentium Pro systems as the Aquanta Enterprise HS/6 deskside and HR/6 rackmount. Unisys says they’ll support up to 350 clients and will run NT, UnixWare or NetWare, though it expects its focus to be NT. The servers are priced at from $15,160 as uniprocessors and ship mid-month. The NT-based Aquanta Enterprise servers are the ones Unisys will make available with Tandem Computers Inc’s high-speed ServerNet interconnect board and clustered using Microsoft Wolfpack and Oracle Parallel Server software. UnixWare and Windows NT symmetrical multi-processor systems will also be supplied under the ClearPath nomenclature, the hybrid units that will offer mixed configurations of Unisys’ still incompatible 2200 and A series mainframes with Unix or NT running on co-processors. Unisys will offer a two-way Aquanta Department Series GPS with up to two Pentium Pros from the end of June, running NT, UnixWare or NetWare. It’s priced from $3,000 and supports 40 users. A uniprocessor Aquanta ELS costs from $2,150.

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