Unisys upgrades server, mainframe product lines

Unisys Corp. today upgraded its mainframe and server lines and launched a new multiprocessing server platform that the company plans to sell through the General Services Administration schedule.

Unisys' barrage of announcements included the latest generation of its 2200 and A Series CMOS mainframe lines, symmetric multiprocessing servers based on Intel Corp. Pentium and Pentium Pro chips and an entirely new server line that seeks to integrate support for multiple operating systems. The latter product, ClearPath Heterogeneous Multiprocessing (HMP) server, will run applications developed for Microsoft Corp. Windows NT, Unix and Unisys' mainframe operating systems.

Unisys officials said the product debuts represent the most comprehensive series of announcements in the company's history. "All of our servers have been refreshed and expanded," said Leo C. Daiuto, group vice president and general manager for Unisys' Enterprise Server Division.

In enterprise servers, Unisys announced a new top-end offering in its 2200 line, the 2200/3800. The product replaces the 2200/900, which was announced in 1991. Federal agencies have deployed a "significant number" of 2200 Series products, said William Maclean, a director at Unisys.

Unisys' $520 million Service Center Support System with the Internal Revenue Service is the company's premier federal mainframe contract. But Unisys officials declined to comment on whether the new model would be added to the IRS pact.

The 2200/3800 uses .5-micron CMOS processor technology designed by Unisys and fabricated by IBM Corp. The product is slated for availability in August.

Unisys' upgraded its A Series line with three models: the A2800, A2400 and A2100. The A2800 and A2400 are CMOS-based machines, while the A2100 supports the A Series' MCP/AS operating system on a Pentium or Pentium Pro motherboard. The A2400 will be available in May, with the other models available in June.

Unisys also introduced Pentium Pro-based symmetric multiprocessing servers running two to 10 processors. The SMP 6100 servers will run a number of operating systems, including Windows NT, The Santa Cruz Operation Inc.'s UnixWare and ClearView, and Unisys' Unix System V, Release 4. The products will be available in the third quarter.

Mixed OS Server

Unisys' ClearPath HMP server line employs Pentium, Pentium Pro and CMOS processors. The products are designed for organizations looking to consolidate multiple servers and operating systems, Unisys officials said. The product line will start shipping in June.

The ClearPath HMP servers will support applications written to run under Windows NT, Unix SVR4, UnixWare and Unisys' MCP/AS and OS2200 operating systems.

Michael Adelman, director of product marketing at Unisys Federal Systems, said the company plans to place its ClearPath HMP servers on the GSA schedule.

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