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Bull cuts the cost of distributed infrastructures with new, environmentally-efficient entry-level Escala servers


Bull has launched three entry-level Escala servers, designed to help IT Departments cut the running cost and reduce the energy consumption of distributed infrastructures. The three new Escala models share the same advanced virtualization functions, based on POWER6™ processor technology which until now has been confined to high-end Escala servers. Easy to administer and featuring high levels of energy efficiency, the new Escala servers further enhance Bull’s Bio Data Center™ offering focused on eco-friendly digital technologies.


Twice the energy efficiency
The design of the new servers has been optimized in order to significantly improve their energy efficiency and make them easier to administer. Compared with the previous generation of servers which they replace, the new Escala machines deliver a 50% improvement in the performance/watt ratio.

A comprehensive range of services to reduce energy consumption and mitigate the risks of implementing complex IT architectures
Along with its partner APC/Schneider Electric, Bull has developed a comprehensive range of energy auditing services, which enable targeted resources to be identified depending on precise user requirements and to optimize their consumption. With the new Escala offering, Bull can also provide server virtualization services – taking advantage of the new functionality offered by the Power6™ architecture – as well as storage virtualization, enabling IT Departments to significantly improve utilization rates for the IT resources available to them.

In common with all Escala servers, the new models can also be accompanied by services in a number of areas, from service continuity, middleware and infrastructure rationalization to architecture definition, scoping and specification of application environments and Proofs of Concept (POCs).

Designed by Bull in close co-operation with IBM, a range of servers optimized for distributed applications and medium-sized databases
The new Escala models have been optimized to host ERP (Enterprise Resource Planning) and CRM (Customer Relationship Management) applications at remote sites, or medium-sized databases requiring high levels of availability. Featuring a number of advanced functions, the servers can also be deployed to host e-commerce and transaction processing platforms based on Java engines, or for consolidation of smaller servers in order to reduce running costs.

Bull has been actively involved in the design and validation of the new machines as part of a long-standing joint Bull/IBM R&D program.

The new Escala servers will be available from June 2009.