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NEC Launches “Express 5800 Scalable HA Server,” Equipped with the Latest 6-Core Xeon Processor - 96-Core / 16 Processor Capabilities -






***For immediate use September 16, 2008

Tokyo, September 16, 2008 - NEC Corporation today announced the worldwide sales launch of its business-oriented “Express5800 Scalable HA Server,” which is equipped with the 6-core “Intel(R) Xeon(R) 7400-series” processor.

The 4U Box (drive housing) can be equipped with a 24-core/4 processor “Express5800/A1040” entry module or the scalable “Express5800/A1160” module, with a capacity of 96-core/16 processors, which offer mainframe-class reliability and high scalability to enable large-scale server consolidation.

Also, NEC provides "Linux Service Set MC" as the high availability Linux platform for the new product.

Release of the server represents the first result of hardware developed under a cooperative agreement reached in October 2005 between UNISYS Corporation and NEC.

Product Profile:

1.Building block structure provides server scalability and reliability
1) World class performance and scalability

  • Features state-of-the-art multi-core “Intel(R) Xeon(R) 7400-series” processors, with as many as 6-cores per processor. High-speed inter-box interconnect, “HSI” (High Speed Interconnect), technology enables seamless expansion of 4U boxes to multiple boxes, supporting up to 96-cores/16 processors.
  • Each box is equipped with 32 base memory slots. The maximum configuration supports 128 memory slots that may accommodate a maximum of 1TB of memory.
  • Each box is fitted with 6 hot-pluggable PCI-Express (x8) slots supporting up to 24 external interfaces in the maximum 4 box configuration.

2) Mainframe-class reliability and availability

  • Features mainframe-class reliability and availability through duplicating major components such as memory, HDD, and power modules. Also supports multi-bit error detection/re-transmission functions for high-speed interfaces that minimize system crashes and the impact of such failures.
  • Provides advanced fault-tolerance and remote monitoring functions with the EXPRESSSCOPE(R) Engine SP.
  • Designed to minimize system down time during scheduled maintenance by allowing part replacement from the front or back of the rack without using tools, and supporting online replacement of memory, HDDs, power modules and I/O cards.

2.Optimum for mission-critical systems and server consolidation
1) Large-scale and high-speed systems

  • Supports Windows Server(R) 2008 and Windows Server 2003, providing an optimal platform for large-scale Windows-based ERP applications such as SAP solutions.
  • Provides an optimal platform for large-scale databases that require high speed processing power, such as Oracle and SQL Server(R) 2008.

2) Virtualization

  • Supports VMware(R) ESX 3.5, Microsoft(R) Hyper-V(TM) on Windows Server 2008 and Citrix XenServer.
  • Supports separate use of virtualization in multiple partitions through the hardware partition function of the “Express5800/A11160” module.
  • Flexible operation management with NEC’s SigmaSystemCenter, which provides automatic migration and a system environment.

3.High availability Linux Platform

  • NEC provides "Linux Service Set MC" as the high availability Linux platform for the new product. The new product also supports Red Hat Enterprise Linux and newly developed middleware products, which enhances the platform availability. Such features enable rapid root cause detection and workarounds. The platform provides an optimal server environment for Linux for mission-critical system customers such as telecom, banking, and government offices that are currently using UNIX or mainframe systems.

New products will be available in turn starting December, throughout North American, Asian , and European markets.

Looking forward, NEC aims to continue strengthening products and services with the flexibility, reliability and ease provided by the company’s “REAL IT PLATFORM” vision.
NEC received the following endorsements.

Intel Corporation
Intel welcomes NEC's announcement of the “Express5800 Scalable HA Server.” The support of up to 16 high performance, multi-core Intel(R) Xeon(R) 7400 processors will deliver the performance, scalability and headroom required for the most demanding enterprise applications and large-scale server consolidation.

Kirk Skaugen
Vice President and General Manager Server Platforms Group
Intel Corporation

Microsoft Corporation
Today’s IT customers are looking for increased dependability, scalability and performance. With NEC’s newest “Express5800 Scalable HA Server” and Windows Server(R) 2008, customers get an optimal server platform for their business-critical workloads.

Bill Laing
Corporate vice president
Windows Server and Solutions Division
Microsoft Corporation

Red Hat, Inc
Red Hat welcomes the launch of NEC’s “Express5800 Scalable HA Server,” well-suited for use with Red Hat Enterprise Linux. With its ability to offer mainframe-class reliability and scalability that enables large-scale server consolidation, we believe that the “Express5800 Scalable HA Server” will help to boost adoption of Linux solutions. The combination of the proven benefits of the market-leading Red Hat Enterprise Linux operating system with the newly released “Express5800 Scalable HA Server” will allow Red Hat and NEC to continue to deliver compelling value to our customers.

Scott Crenshaw
Vice president
Platform Business Unit
Red Hat, Inc.

VMware, Inc
VMware is pleased to support NEC and its new “Express5800 Scalable HA Server.” This announcement builds on our long-standing relationship that has brought innovative solutions to customers. We believe that when coupled with VMware virtualization, the “Express5800 Scalable HA Server” can provide high availability and scalability to provide customers substantial reductions in installation and maintenance costs.

Brian Byun
Vice president
Global partners and solutions

Citrix Corporation
Citrix and NEC have been providing unique and high performance solutions to customers through the collaboration between Citrix XenServer and NEC's server and management software. We expect that the scalability of “Express5800”, with support for virtualized environments, will activate demands for virtualization in enterprises systems and accelerate the pervasiveness of virtualization.

Lou Shiple
Vice President & General Manager of Xen Products Group
Citrix Systems, Inc.

Oracle Corporation
Oracle welcomes NEC’s launch of the new "Express5800 Scalable HA Server." We anticipate a high ROI through system infrastructure and data warehousing for customers with Oracle databases that capitalize on the advancements and reliability of the "Express5800 Scalable HA Server." Oracle and NEC aim to continue their business partnership and development of solutions that maximize customer convenience.

Mark Townsend
Vice President Product Management
Oracle Corporation

About NEC Corporation
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