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Unisys releases ClearPath Libra 8290 enterprise server
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Unisys releases ClearPath Libra 8290 enterprise server 


The Intel-processor based 8290 delivers computer performance up to 20% greater than that of the largest complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS)-based ClearPath Libra 800. Moreover, the new system more than triples the input/output performance of its predecessors. Unisys hopes the enhancements to the latest version of the ClearPath Libra server provides its customers with the power and capacity to handle their mission-critical applications while leveraging their existing ClearPath investments.

Unisys’ ClearPath Libra 8290 is based on Intel’s Xenon processors, and it is the company’s first Intel processor-based ClearPath platform to perform better than predecessor systems based on proprietary CMOS processor technology. In addition, the 8290 is the latest step in the ClearPath family’s ongoing evolution to an open architecture based on Intel processors.

With the 8290, Unisys aims to provide improved system resiliency and availability. The server features a fully redundant design, dual processor/memory cells and I/O subsystem modules. The redundant processor modules support an automated failover in the rare event of a system component failure. The dual I/O subsystem modules run in parallel, so the system can continue without interruption if a major fault occurs in one module. This redundancy comes preconfigured, eliminating the need for clients to modify the system.This latest addition to the ClearPath family has I/O cells that use Unisys s-Par secure partitioning technology which enables multiple partitions to operate concurrently and supports large-capacity I/O activities.

Unisys’ latest enterprise server supports specialty partitions that execute specific tasks, including two ClearPath ePortal for MCP specialty partitions – one active, one for failover – and up to four optional ClearPath MCP JProcessor specialty partitions. The ePortal lets users quickly Web-enable enterprise applications and allows for the integration of a range of mobile devices, such as Apple, Android, Windows and BlackBerry. The JProcessor for Java applications gives clients a range of options for creating integrated Java-based SOA environments for their mission-critical applications. 

Companies that value sustainable technology will take note of the 8920’s use of one cabinet to reduce floor space by 50%. The new system may also reduce energy consumption up to 64 percent over its predecessors. It offers dual A/C power inputs, enabling clients to draw electricity from different provider grids, further diminishing the potential for external disruption to operations.

 

Customers will also find the 8290 provides greater flexibility in terms of payment options. Clients can choose a pay-per-use fee model based on Unisys metering technology. The model simplifies capacity planning and makes costs more predictable, while giving clients freedom to tap into additional processing power as business needs dictate.

“This new ClearPath Libra 8290 system provides our largest clients with the performance, scalability, reliability and availability they need to run their most mission-critical applications, and to do so on an Intel-based platform from Unisys,” said Bill Maclean, VP, ClearPath portfolio management, Unisys. “We are extremely proud of this achievement and look forward to continuing to push the envelope of innovation with our Intel-based architecture to provide organizations with the highest levels of computing performance.”

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