Unisys Africa has announced the latest ES7000/one Enterprise Server line, which employs the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 Series, codenamed Tulsa.

The new platform delivers a 48% improvement in total cost of ownership (TCO) while improving service quality in a virtualised computing environment, where multiple operating environments and applications run simultaneously in multiple partitions on a single server system.

“The new systems capitalise on their advanced virtualisation capabilities to optimise application performance, resource use and power consumption, demonstrating clear advantages over complex, scale-out-only server deployments,” says Bernard Donnelly, consulting services manager at Unisys Africa.

The new models are ideal for deployment in a realtime infrastructure driven by business policies that directly and dynamically enable strategic business processes.

"Realtime infrastructure helps companies visualise, use and optimise IT assets while balancing the need for better quality, security and predictability. This allows our customers to allocate computing resources in realtime to meet continually evolving strategic business requirements,” says Donnelly.

Extensive testing has proved that the ES7000/one Enterprise Server, using 16 Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processor 7100 Series processors running VMware Infrastructure 3.0.1, can handle 2,7 times more virtual machines per processor than a four-socket commodity system. That translates into a 48% TCO improvement, with significant savings in hardware and software acquisition costs; data centre operations including power, cooling, floor space and management; and connectivity to network and storage infrastructures.

Testing further shows that the ES7000/one is a highly efficient VMware Infrastructure host. Configured with the maximum processors and memory allowed by VMware Infrastructure, the Unisys system can handle peaks from variable workloads more efficiently than an aggregate of multiple, smaller four-processor configurations typically used in VMware Infrastructure deployments.

"Before organisations adopt virtualisation for their core applications and mission-critical workloads, their underlying server platform must be up to the challenge," says Colin Lacey, VP and GM: enterprise server group, Unisys. "The new ES7000/one models meet that challenge and more, drawing on Unisys expertise in enterprise-class computing to deliver power and scalability for their most stringent workloads with quantifiable and dramatic economic advantages."

The new models represent entry-level, midrange and high-end systems based on the Dual-Core Intel Xeon Processors 7110M, 7120M and 7140M, respectively.

They also represent another key step in Unisys’s development of its next-generation server architecture, designed to take advantage of scale-up virtualisation. Intended as a common platform for all Unisys enterprise servers, including the ES7000/one and the ClearPath mainframe family, Unisys’s next-generation server architecture will be the first in the market that can run Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unisys OS 2200 and MCP simultaneously, with application workload sharing.