Bull renews its range of large NovaScale servers while launching the NovaScale® 5005 Series. Compact and modular, they provide a high level of flexibility to ease the deployment of complex IT infrastructures. Their high scalability enables a tight adaptation of server infrastructures, thus bringing important cost reductions. The combination of physical partitioning and virtualisation software makes the NovaScale® servers uniquely flexible to use and enables users to fully optimize the resources installed.
The NovaScale® 5005 servers are built using modular blocks that can rapidly be combined within a single cabinet to provide SMP (Symmetrical Multi-Processing) servers from 2 to 32 sockets (namely 2 to 32 processors mono or dual core. They have been designed to host several generations of Intel® Itanium® 2 processors, thus leveraging customer investment. They will support the "Montecito" generation processor, for which Bull has gained a unique expertise with the deployment of the largest supercomputer in Europe.
Through its expertise in both open and large systems, Bull has developed innovative technologies that bring the Linux environment new functionalities, traditionally reserved for legacy systems, in particular to reinforce availability of critical applications; to improve overall service quality with Dynamic Domains for Applications solution; to accelerate back-up and restore operations of the servers in the Linux environment with "System Backup & Restore" and to simplify back-up of heterogeneous environments with StoreWay OpenSave.
NovaScale 5005 servers are available since March 2006.