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Bull: performance, powerful consolidation and virtualization capabilities with the new server designed to simplify data center management

Bull NovaScale® Universal R480 E1 four-socket server combines the power of the latest Intel Xeon® 7300 quad-core processors with easier systems administration

Paris, September  5, 2007 -

To respond to the latest demands for enterprise server consolidation and virtualization, to provide scalable performance, high-level data protection and simplified systems administration, Bull today announces the launch of its NovaScale R480 E1 quad-core four-socket server featuring the new Intel® Xeon® processor 7300 series (codenamed Caneland).

Available in rack format, the NovaScale R480 E1 server further strengthens the NovaScale Universal range, which extends from entry-level to full-scale enterprise servers.

"Bull is pursuing its infrastructure rationalization strategy based around Intel processors, while continuing to build in increased flexibility, with the launch of the NovaScale R480 E1 quad-core server - an ideal platform for consolidation and virtualization" explained Philippe Miltin, Vice President of Bull's Products and Systems Division.

Powerful consolidation and virtualization capabilities

Broad capacity combined with the ability to run simultaneous processes - thanks to the quad-core processors - provides a solid springboard for consolidation and virtualization.

When it comes to virtualization, the NovaScale R480 E1 server also provides a wide bandwidth with 16 independent and interconnected cores, and with up to ¼TB of scalable system memory, and 1.1TB of internal storage. Robust and scaleable, the new NovaScale server helps boost datacenter efficiency, and enables the total cost of ownership to be reduced by facilitating consolidation.

VMware virtualization solutions are certified on these new server models.

"The Bull server platform based on the Quad-Core Intel® Xeon® processor 7300 series allows customers to run their business-critical applications on the revolutionary Intel® CoreTM micro-architecture," says Kirk Skaugen, Vice President, Digital Enterprise Group, Intel. "Not only does it bring new capabilities for server virtualization and emerging business models, it provides industry-leading performance and efficiency."

Simplified systems administration and optimum data protection

The servers are administered using NovaScale Master, the applications suite developed by Bull to facilitate server deployment and reduce the cost of administering IT infrastructures.

The NovaScale R480 E1 server combines reliability, availability, and maintainability (RAS) and ensures data integrity thanks to the following functions and elements: memory mirroring and sparing, hot pluggable PCI Express cards and SATA/SAS hard disk drives, redundant hot swappable power supplies and fans. The integrated RAID card, the I/O extension and remote systems administration leave PCI slots available, thus providing the headroom required for intensive I/O throughput.

Technical features

  • Compact design-optimized rack in 4U format

  • Up to 4 Intel® Xeon® 7300 quad-core processors

  • FSB 1066 Mhz Bus, EM64T

  • RAID SAS card integrated into the motherboard

  • Up to 1.1TB (8x146 GB SAS) internal hot-swappable disk space

  • Up to 256 GB of main memory (DDR2 533/667)

  • Seven PCI Express slots


  • Windows® Server 2003 R2

  • Red Hat® Enterprise Linux 5

  • SUSE Linux® SLES 10

Price and availability of NovaScale R480 E1 servers

The price of a configuration with one E7310 processor, 2 GB memory, one 36 GB/10k/2.5'' disk plus DVD is €6,110
Available end September 2007

NovaScale is a registered trademark of Bull SAS. Intel, Xeon and Intel Core are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries. Other names and brands may be claimed as the property of others

About Bull, an Atos company


Bull is the trusted partner for enterprise data. The Group, which is firmly established in the Cloud and in Big Data, integrates and manages high-performance systems and end-to-end security solutions. Bull's offerings enable its customers to process all the data at their disposal, creating new types of demand. Bull converts data into value for organisations in a completely secure manner.

Bull currently employs around 9,200 people across more than 50 countries, with over 700 staff totally focused on R&D. In 2013, Bull recorded revenues of €1.3 billion.

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About Atos

Atos SE (Societas Europaea) is a leader in digital services with 2013 pro forma annual revenue of €10 billion and 86,000 employees in 66 countries. Serving a global client base, the Group provides Consulting & Systems Integration services, Managed Services & BPO, Cloud operations, Big Data & Security solutions, as well as transactional services through Worldline, the European leader in the payments and transactional services industry. With its deep technology expertise and industry knowledge, the Group works with clients across different business sectors: Defence, Health, Manufacturing, Media & Utilities, Public Sector, Retail, Telecommunications and Transportation.

Atos is focused on business technology that powers progress and helps organizations to create their firm of the future. The Group is the Worldwide Information Technology Partner for the Olympic & Paralympic Games and is listed on the Euronext Paris market. Atos operates under the brands Atos, Atos Consulting, Atos Worldgrid, Bull, Canopy, and Worldline.

For more information, visit: atos.net

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