Unisys ClearPath lays foundation for Software-defined datacentre

ClearPath Dorado 8300 represents decade transition to software fabric on Intel processors

Unisys has laid the foundation for a transition to the software-defend datacentre with its new ClearPath Dorado 8300 Series of systems.

The new systems expand clients’ options for creating cost-efficient, open, highly available and secure environments for mission-critical applications, from online transaction processing to real-time data analytics using the SAP HANA in-memory technology.

The systems represent the culmination of Unisys’ decade-long initiative to transition the entire ClearPath architecture from proprietary complementary metal oxide semiconductor (CMOS) processor technology to a software-based fabric architecture running on Intel processors.

Using Intel Xeon processor technology, the new ClearPath Dorado 8300 systems exceed the compute performance of the CMOS-based Dorado 800 Series, the previous top-of-the-line systems, while delivering up to four times the performance in input/output (I/O) and networking operations such as large file transfers.

The 8300 Series also provides close to 50 percent more single-image compute performance than the Dorado 6300 Series – previously the most powerful Intel-based models in the line.

The new systems can run applications written for earlier Intel- and CMOS-based Dorado models without modification.

Unisys chief engineer, Jim Thompson, said the ClearPath architectural transition was both a singular achievement and a new beginning.

“The Dorado 8300 Series and our other Intel-based ClearPath systems provide clients with an open, secure computing environment that maximises their long-term investment in mission-critical software," he said.

"Plus, by establishing the fabric infrastructure as the new core of ClearPath systems, we have laid the foundation for software-defined data centres that give our clients extraordinary flexibility to integrate new solutions as quickly as their business needs change.”