Unisys claimed at Comdex today that businesses can run their e-transaction systems at as little as one fifth of the cost of a Unix Risc environment by switching to its Windows 2000 based data centre.
Larry Weinbach, Unisys chief executive, made the claim as the company unveiled a massive demonstration e-transaction centre based on Windows 2000, which is expected to handle 1.7 billion transactions during the five day show.
However, the company did not elaborate exactly how this level of saving could be made.
Unisys is pitching its data centre, assembled in partnership with Microsoft, EMC and others, at hybrid companies that conduct business both via the Internet and through their traditional 'bricks and mortar' businesses.
"Fulfilment and transaction processes are critical to doing ebusiness in the long term. The data centre enables companies to move into this hybrid space," said Weinbach.
Total cost of ownership using Unisys' Windows 2000 based e-transaction system, instead of a Unix system, can be reduced to one-fifth to one-third, Unisys claims. Although reluctant to give solid figures, Weinbach said he had told one established .com customer they could save $9 million on a $12 million system.
Windows 2000 has been criticised for not being scaleable - an important consideration for e-transaction systems where growth is unpredictable and can be explosive.
"This is proving Windows 2000 is scaleable," said Weinbach, who was accompanied on stage by Microsoft president Steve Ballmer.
An analyst profile, commissioned by Unisys from the Aberdeen Group, says the data centre provides the scaleability, manageability and security needs of most enterprise data center environments.
"The Unisys-Microsoft solution should be especially useful in scaling up present NT implementations that need massive headroom, such as sophisticated NT websites, in providing data centers or applications servers for midsize to large organisations that do not require Unix or mainframe skill sets, and in rapidly implementing large scale applications for swiftly growing Internet ebusiness," the profile said.
The Unisys 'Data center for the new millennium' is the largest data centre built to-date on Windows 2000. It includes a nine terabyte data warehouse on a single Microsoft SQL server and 32Gb cache.
The centre is expected to process 345 million transactions a day during the show, several times greater than the estimated 55 million sales transactions made on the Internet during the 40 days leading up to Christmas last year.
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