According to Jean-Francois Bauduin, Vice President of novascale Enterprise Servers at Bull: "Our latest generation of gcos 7 mainframes is based on the best technologies, capitalizing on our expertise in delivering the most powerful supercomputers in the world, combined with our knowledge of infrastructures for critical applications and open systems. Against a rapidly evolving economic backdrop, these new systems have been designed to give large organisations more headroom to leverage their legacy systems."
RTM (Regie des Transports de Marseille) - the Marseille Transport Authority is the first organisation to adopt the novascale gcos 7010 systems; it should be followed soon by Sonepar Germany, the German leader in electrical equipment distribution.
Information processing needs are evolving rapidly and the amount of data is increasing at an exponential rate. Bull's gcos 7010 mainframes deliver just this kind of approach, enabling major organisations to move towards more open, services-oriented infrastructures - risk free - while guaranteeing some of the highest levels of performance and reliability currently available.
With their centralized architecture - recognized as a benchmark for quality and availability - novascale gcos 7 systems are based on open standards, guaranteeing their long-term scalability. This architecture also allows gcos applications to use open databases, in particular PostgreSQL. With novascale gcos 7010, Bull has developed a ground-breaking solution that can be customized. The mainframe has been brought right up to date, to protect organisations' information systems assets and enable them to grow and develop.
A new architecture, the unrivalled power of Intel Xeon processor E7 family, a power ratio from one to 16, with 21 different models available Bull's novascale gcos 7010 systems offer an unprecedented array of possibilities.
The novascale gcos 7010 servers are based on the Multiple Environment Scalable Architecture (MESCA) which is at the heart of Bull's latest-generation large-scale servers: bullx, one of the world's most powerful supercomputers; bullion servers dedicated to critical application virtualization; and the novascale gcos 9010 and 7010 mainframes designed to host organisations' mission-critical applications.
With the MESCA architecture, up to four gcos 7 servers can be hosted on one novascale 7010 system and managed using a single systems console, making this an especially attractive consolidation solution for large data centres. Featuring the new Intel Xeon processor E7 family, novascale gcos 7010 systems are up to twice as powerful as their predecessors.
Nowadays, business processes are evolving rapidly, e-commerce is becoming pervasive, and huge numbers of exchanges are taking place on line. All this entails closer relationships between heterogeneous application environments. Thanks to their integrated software, novascale gcos 7010 systems enable applications to interact with the vast majority of other environments - including Microsoft Windows, Linux, Unix, and with other mainframes - with no limitations. And on novascale gcos 7010 systems, gcos 7 applications have native access to databases including Open Source PostgreSQL, as well as Oracle and Microsoft SQL Server databases. This makes novascale 7010 servers the most open on the market, along with Bull's novascale 9010 family running gcos 8.
The new novascale gcos servers take advantage of the benefits of new technologies, most importantly the latest Intel processors, and advances in memory and disk sub-system design. As a result, they consume much less electricity and dissipate less heat, for a smaller physical footprint. These developments are totally in line with Bull's approach to creating environmentally-friendly, scalable data centres that are designed to meet service delivery commitments unfailingly.