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Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor

Unisys Takes Lead in Integrating Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 Processor into Enterprise Server Offerings

New Unisys ES7000/one servers based on Intel’s new dual-core processor accelerate performance for heavy-duty business intelligence and transaction processing applications

New Zealand, 20 July, 2006 - Unisys today announces another building block in the development of its recently unveiled next-generation server architecture, making the new Dual-Core Intel® Itanium® 2 processor 9000 Series - better known as 'Montecito' - the engine for new models of its ES7000/one Enterprise Server.

Unisys was among the first system providers to announce support for the new Itanium 2 processor 9000 series and intends to make ES7000/one servers based on the Montecito platform available in late August.

The ES7000/one server powered by the new Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processors has demonstrated the highest performance of any 16-processor and the lowest price/performance of any non-clustered server in the 3000 GB TPC-H benchmark, widely recognised as a standard measure of system performance for decision support and business intelligence in commercial enterprise computing.

In performance figures reported by the Transaction Processing Performance Council (TPC), the 16-way ES7000/one achieved an improvement in price/performance of approximately 50 percent compared to a competitor's similarly performing platform running the previous generation of Intel Itanium 2 processors.

“The Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 processor enables Unisys to deliver major benefits to our customers and significantly advances Unisys enterprise server architecture,” said Mike Dooner, Systems & Technology Programs & Alliances Director Unisys ANZ.

“By taking advantage of the ES7000/one’s superior efficiency, Unisys can give customers scaleable servers that help optimise IT asset utilisation and significantly reduce ownership costs in a real-time infrastructure that dynamically allocates resources to meet rapidly evolving business challenges.”

“With the new ES7000/one models, Unisys continues to deliver solutions based on Intel technology with new levels of economic and operational advantage to our enterprise computing customers,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel. “Combining the power of the Dual-Core Intel Itanium 2 platform with Unisys expertise in mission-critical enterprise computing, the new ES7000/one provides an attractive alternative to proprietary Unix and RISC systems, as well as an excellent engine for high-performance transaction applications and sophisticated business intelligence deployments.”

The Unisys ES7000/one is the first server to permit configuration of a single platform for both Intel dual core Itanium 2 and Intel® Xeon® processors, enabling customers to standardise and to consolidate management and maintenance requirements while reducing their cost of ownership.

Unisys ES7000 servers provide an enterprise computing environment, based on open standards, which is optimal for running Windows and Linux applications.

Unisys Services and Architectural Innovation Intensify Value of Itanium 2 Platform

Using the Unisys 3D Visible Enterprise (3D-VE) approach, Unisys complements the powerful ES7000/one servers with integrated software tools and a rich suite of consulting, implementation and management services for optimising real-time infrastructures, consolidating IT, and enabling application environments to benefit from Service Oriented Architecture (SOA) and open source software.

Unisys anticipates that processor platforms based on the Itanium 2 micro architecture will play a key role, along with the Intel Xeon platform, in Unisys recently announced net-generation server architecture.

Intended as the common platform for all Unisys enterprise servers, including the ES7000 and ClearPath families, the architecture will be the first in the market capable of running Microsoft Windows, Linux and Unisys OS2200 and MCP operating environments simultaneously on the same computer system in a single virtualised partition. Unisys expects to begin delivering systems based on the new architecture in late 2007.

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