French systems house Groupe Bull has boosted its Escala range with an entry level server aimed at corporate Unix production environments.
Attempting to carve out a Unix niche for itself in mainframe-style systems, Bull will sell the Escala Powercluster alongside its new range of Sagister Business Solutions. These are hardware and software packages ready for use in production applications, offering features such as support for enterprise software solutions like SAP R/3, Web access for transaction processing applications, and mainframe links and migration paths.
?We want to reinforce Bull?s position as the de facto reference for running Unix applications in production,? said Peter Reed, marketing manager of Bull Enterprise Systems in the UK and Ireland.
Based on Bull?s minitower design, the model P 2204-T Escala Powercluster consists of two nodes, each running on dual processors, and can be scaled to eight nodes. The server comes in at under #55,000, including hardware, AIX operating system, HAS (High Availability Subsystem) and CRM (Common Resource Management) software.
The Sagister Business Solutions come in three packages. ERP/Sage is an SAP-ready implementation package and also contains modules for other ERP solutions. Web/Sage brings Web access facilities to mainframe users and Seven/Sage provides users of Bull's Gcos 7 mainframes with a migration path to the Sagister Unix production system.
The company is also set to launch a series of applications that, it claims, will give Escala the mainframe scalability that has been lacking in most Unix systems.
The company also added to its Open Enterprise Software Suite, offering four new modules including a secure dashboard facility, an applications management tool, firewalls and resource management software.
The upgraded suite with the new modules will appear on Escala machines in May, running on IBM?s AIX 4.1 Unix system. According to Laurence Ayache, product manager for Open Enterprise Software Suite at Bull, the company has no plans to port the software to other versions of Unix until next year, although a port to NT is expected in October.
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