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More old memory: Burroughs and Unisys

By Mauricio Freitas, in , posted: 12-Feb-2012 09:02

I posted a few years ago an entry about an old Burroughs building I found in Petone. That post received many comments from people who worked, either at that building, or worked for Burroughs (and later Unisys) around the world.

My first experience with Burroughs B and A Series computers was in 1986. My LINC training was on a B1714, but work really started on a B6910.

I joined Unisys Brasil in 1989 and in 1997 I moved to Unisys New Zealand, where I worked until 2006. All this time I worked with LINC, and from 1995 my focus was on the telecommunications vertical.

Today I found a couple of videos produced for Burroughs/Unisys in mid 80s showing the Veleiros Plant, in Sao Paulo. Veleiros was not only a manufacturing plant, but a software support centre and the administrative offices for Burroughs (and later Unisys) in Brazil as well.

In 1990 Unisys made a big push to move from being a hardware company to being a services company, while still supplying its specialised mainframe hardware.

While I was assigned to a small office somewhere else in Brazil, working with software projects, I had to visit and work in Veleiros many times.

Both videos below are in Brazilian Portuguese, but you can just watch for the sake of remember this old hardware (and people):

In this video showing the Unisys Engineering and Manufacturing (Veleiros) around 1988 you will see the mainframes and peripherals manufacturing process. Lots of B6900 and A series mainframes, line printers, T27 terminals, magnetic tapes and behind the scenes images showing people putting these together:



This one is a video from 1985 celebrating 100 years of Burroughs:





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