Bull reinforces its commitment to the Unix market, using its expertise to launch two new Escala servers.
19, 2003 -
Bull announces two new mid-range servers; Escala PL820R and Escala
PL420R/T, strengthening its commitment to the Unix world, to increase its
already strong European market presence
Leverage on Expertise to Commit to Openness
To install, implement and fine-tune these new servers, dedicated to
mission critical applications and consolidation projects, Bull leverages
its expertise provided through services from its competence centres
dedicated to High Availability, ERP (SAP, Baan, Oracle), e-business
solutions (BEA, Oracle), databases (Oracle) and storage environments
The openness of these solutions constitutes one of Bull's key
differentiators in the Unix world.
Serving its customers and integrating partners since 1992, Bull's 200 AIX"
experts have made the Grenoble site the foremost AIX competence centre in
Recently the companies EDF in France, Kerridge in the UK, and ITS Reisen
in Germany took advantage of this expertise in the framework of large
infrastructure projects based on the Escala range.
Performance and competitiveness, the power of the Power4 processor
Completing the Escala range, the two new mid-range servers announced today
ally power of high range servers and competitiveness.
The new Escala PL820R, 8-way server is equipped with the 64-bit Power4
processor (available in 1.2 GHz and 1.45 GHz versions), which already
powers the high-end models, Escala PL3200R (32-way) and Escala PL1600R
(16-way). The 0.13-micron technology of these processors enables
performance levels as yet unequalled in this market. The Escala PL820R
8-way server, in its 1.45 GHz version, reaches 16.88 rPerf (1 rPerf being
equivalent to 8000 TpmC).
The new Escala PL420R/T 4-way server is also equipped with the 64-bit
Power 4 processor, available in 1.2 GHz and 1.45 GHz versions. The Escala
PL420R 4-way server, in its 1.45 GHz version, reaches 7.23 rPerf (1 rPerf
being equivalent to 8000 TpmC).
High-end functionality at a very attractive price
Starting with the basic rack configuration*, sold at €40,000, the Escala
PL820R server provides dynamic partitioning functionality. This
functionality permits the optimisation of server resources (processor,
memory) by reallocating them dynamically with regard to variations in
workload. As a result the Escala PL820R can function with 8 parallel
partitions (the equivalent of 8 virtual servers). This approach is
particularly well adapted to consolidation projects.
The Escala PL420R/T server offers the same dynamic partitioning
functionality, with 4 parallel partitions, for smaller scale consolidation
projects. This server is available in rack and tower format, at an entry
price of €16.800 **/
The Escala PL820R model is available today; the Escala PL420 R/T servers
will be available for delivery from March 2003.
* Base configuration made up of a 2-way Escala PL820R 1.2 Ghz server,
with 2 GB of ECC memory, 36.4 GB of disk and the AIX 5L TM operating
* Base configuration made up of a 1-way Escala PL420R 1.2 Ghz server,
with 1 GB of ECC memory, 18.2 GB of disk and the AIX 5L TM operating
Bull designs and develops servers and software for an open environment, integrating the most advanced technologies. In this respect, Bull's range of NovaScale servers combines the openness of standards with the robustness of mainframes. It brings to its customers its expertise and know-how to help them in the transformation of their information systems and to optimise their IT infrastructure and their applications.
Bull is particularly present in the public sector, banking, finance, telecommunication, utilities and manufacturing sectors. Capitalising on its wide experience, the Group has a thorough understanding of the business and specific processes of these sectors, thus enabling it to efficiently advise and to accompany its customers. Its distribution network spreads to over 100 countries world-wide.