Unisys ES7000 server can handle OS partitions

Unisys ES7000 server can handle OS partitions

By Patricia Daukantas

GCN Staff

The e-@ction Enterprise Server ES7000 from Unisys Corp. can be partitioned to run simultaneous applications on multiple operating systems or even multiple processor architectures.

'You define what you want to do,' said Robert A. Ruscoe, director of sales support operations for Unisys' enterprise server business.

Unisys is marketing it as a vehicle for Microsoft Windows 2000 Datacenter Server.

The ES7000 holds up to 32 550-MHz Pentium III processors. They can be arranged in eight groups of four processors each, an architecture Unisys calls cellular multiprocessing, or CMP.

The four-processor groups fit into cubical pods that can be removed quickly for maintenance or field upgrading.

Another feature of the CMP architecture, a non-blocking crossbar interconnect, replaces a bus for internal bandwidth of up to 20 gigabytes/sec, Ruscoe said.

Pods to apps

Users can assign different processor pods to applications under multiple operating systems simultaneously, he said.

Besides Datacenter Server, the ES7000 can run Microsoft Windows NT and SCO UnixWare 7.x from Santa Cruz Operation Inc. of Santa Cruz, Calif.

Also later this year, customers can replace some or all of the 32 CPUs with Intel IA-64 Itanium processors when they become available.

The enterprise server accommodates up to 64G of main memory and 96 PCI slots.

Government pricing for the ES7000 starts around $100,000 for an entry-level model and can go beyond $500,000, Ruscoe said.

Contact Unisys at 703-556-5000.

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