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July 2007
Power-boosted, energy-efficient Escala servers with Power6
By Christophe Loye, Marketing Director for Bull’s Escala offering
C. Loye & Escala

The Escala range momentum
Following the launch in February of the Escala EL series of blade servers, from 22 May we began introducing Power6 Escala which features the new dual-core Power6 processor (from 3.5 to 4.7 GHz). At the end of this year we will be releasing the new AIX6 operating system, which was developed like earlier releases, with the involvement of experts from Bull’s R&D center at Grenoble in France. Bull has also contributed yet again to writing an IBM Redbook covering new features in Power6 and AIX 6.

The first of these new-generation servers is the Escala PL166OR, a really powerful and robust mid-range server featuring the latest virtualization technologies. This is a server that is ideal for consolidation projects requiring ultra-high performance levels. Our customers immediately displayed a lot of interest, and arrived in large numbers at the seminar organized jointly with CUBE on 24 May, during which we were able to unveil the new offering. A series of ‘Escala days’ are being set up in other European countries.

Ideal for consolidation, this new generation significantly reduces energy and administration costs
The Escala PL1660R is an extremely 'green' machine: the new 16-way server provides an impressive 60% boost in terms of transactional performance (tpm/C) over previous models with identical consumption characteristics. This means it provides a greater than 50% improvement in tpm per Watt ratio, and sits well with the approach of sustainable development. This, together with its ability to consolidate multiple complex workloads, helps to maximize resource usage and to significantly drive down administration, power and cooling costs.
In addition, the new Escala Power 6 generation will further increase service levels, as it enables the administrator to seamlessly move entire partitions between physical servers without the slightest interruption (this function is called ‘Live Partition Mobility’). And hence the drastic reduction in planned downtimes and the possibility for interrupt-free cross-server workload management.
AIX 6, to be released at the end of this year, will bring an additional set of benefits to customers through so called Workload partitions (WPARs), where multiple applications can share one and the same AIX image while preserving almost perfect physical isolation. This will reduce the memory footprint in consolidation projects and improve the manageability of the overall environment. The latter is easier thanks to a neat new feature which will allow the virtual transfer of applications running as WPAR's (Workload Partitions) onto other local or remote physical servers. On top of this, an intelligent management application will control and automate this process according to the administrator’s set guidelines.

Thanks to our experience in the design and implementation of virtualized complex infrastructures, we are drawing on our various Escala centers of expertise based at Grenoble to partner our customers in their consolidation projects.

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With IAM Suite 8, Evidian places identity and access management at the heart of business processes
  • A new Role Management console for unifying and managing administration functions according to business views
  • An integrated and modular suite structured around three major components: access, identity and role management
  • An innovative infrastructure using existing directories to speed up return on investment on identity-management projects


Bull Evidian, European leader in Identity and Access Management, announces today the release of IAM Suite 8, its new modular and integrated solution that secures information system accesses and controls the user-identity lifecycle.
Extending the functions of previous Evidian IAM versions, IAM Suite 8 offers the following features in a single integrated software suite: identity management, access control with enterprise SSO, and RBAC-type role management. It thus helps organizations to create the internal audit reports required by laws such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II, and even laws on the confidentiality of medical information (HIPAA, others), while cutting the costs of providing these audits. Thanks to an innovative, user-rights-related role management model, IAM Suite 8 simplifies identity management and prevents the proliferation of users’ security profiles that can complicate and increase the cost of audit operations.

Reconciling identity management and access control thanks to role management
"A major challenge for organizations today is how to develop a business approach structured around identity lifecycle management and the granting of access rights", said Hassan Maad, Evidian’s Managing Director. “Until now, only two IAM infrastructure deployment strategies had been possible: either running an ambitious but long and costly user-provisioning then role-management project, or giving priority to deploying a simpler access-control and SSO project with quick return on investment. With IAM Suite 8, Evidian reconciles and unifies these two approaches, favoring a business-process-oriented model for managing users' rights.

A modular and integrated approach to reconcile different identity data sources, leverage existing investments and speed up ROI
The integration between the three components of IAM Suite 8 is completed through a methodological approach which consists in deploying IAM and the reconciliation tools progressively. In fact, by using self-registration tools to take an inventory of user accounts, together with the identity-management tools, IAM Suite 8 speeds up the deployment of Role Management through the iterative creation of a security repository. It removes the common pitfalls inherent in identity-management projects, such as high costs and process inflexibility. Its strong points: reduced complexity, speedy deployment, quick investment return and increased security. Existing investments are leveraged thanks to the compatibility of each IAM Suite 8 module with third-party identity management solutions available on the market.

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Bull Evidian announced OpenMaster 8, the new release of its flagship service management platform

Bull Evidian announced release 8 of OpenMaster, its intelligent information and telecom-systems monitoring and management software suite.

Thanks to a new infrastructure based on the latest J2EE application server technologies, OpenMaster 8 strongly enhances interoperability with multiple data sources, point-and-click customization and monitoring of scalability from several distributed operation centers.

"A new generation of our flagship service management suite, OpenMaster 8 offers a powerful answer to enterprises and telecom players that want to deploy ready-to-use management solutions for complex systems, networks and applications." said Hassan Maad, Bull Evidian Managing Director. "This release strongly increases the extensibility of OpenMaster. It highlights Bull Evidian's commitment to enforcing its OpenMaster enterprise management product line and to offering strong solutions to service management challenges in an open world”.

OpenMaster 8: next-generation monitoring and alarm management
Release 8 significantly reinforces OpenMaster's distributed monitoring and alarm management capabilities. It enables organizations to easily manage complex IT infrastructures from several operation centers all over the world. OpenMaster 8 also offers advanced animated maps and alert management features, and makes it possible to integrate external data into composite monitoring applications.

OpenMaster, the ultimate robust and scalable monitoring and service-management solution for enterprises and telecom operators
OpenMaster is used all over the world by security-sensitive organizations and governments, including ANPE (French governmental employment agency), Deutsche Telekom, DFS (German air traffic control), EADS, Ericsson, France Telecom, GIE Cartes Bancaires (French interbanking consortium), Legrand, Orange, RATP (Paris subway), Sanofi and Thales, among many others. It offers an outstanding monitoring performance and can handle several million alarms per day. With OpenMaster, customers can significantly reduce operating costs thanks to intelligent correlation based on an expert system. They can identify in real time major faults in critical applications and systems, analyze the impact on business processes and immediately take corrective measures. Release 8 confirms OpenMaster’s position as the ultimate robust and scalable solution for business-centric process management in enterprises and telecom systems.

OpenMaster 8 is available immediately.

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