Unisys Hires Former HP Exec to Head Up Server Development
Published: June 12, 2007
by Timothy Prickett Morgan
Server maker Unisys has hired away a top executive from Hewlett-Packard's Business Critical Systems division to take over the management of its own Systems & Technology Group.
Rich Marcello, who had a long career at the former Digital Equipment and who stayed in charge of various server units as Digital was eaten by Compaq in 1998 and then Compaq was eaten by HP in 2001, is now president of the Unisys Systems & Technology Group, and reports directly to Unisys president and chief executive officer, Joe McGrath. Marcello is replacing Leo Daiuto, who has spent 39 years at Unisys (and its predecessors) and is now retiring.
Marcello's most recent position at HP was senior vice president and general manager of HP's Business Critical Systems division, which is the unit of HP that peddles its Itanium-based Integrity servers, which now run HP-UX, OpenVMS, Windows, and Linux, as well as its legacy HP 9000 and AlphaServer machines. Having lived through the transitions of these platforms to a unified Compaq-HP Itanium-based machine, Marcello is perhaps uniquely qualified to help Unisys steer its own transitions as its is trying to consolidate two mainframe platforms, an Itanium platform, and an X64 platform down into a single set of virtualized boxes as part of its partnership with Japanese server maker NEC. In taking over the president position at the Systems & Technology group at Unisys, Marcello takes control of the development, production, sales, marketing, and servicing of the Unisys server lineup. Unisys is emphasizing Windows and Linux as key platforms on its ES7000 servers and their future kickers while also providing upgrade paths to its ClearPath MCP and OS 2200 mainframe customers. Unisys has a long-term goal of having a single, virtualized server platform that all of its customers can use, regardless of their operating systems and workloads.
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