Middle East, 14 October 2010 – NEC IT Platform Solutions today announces that the NEC Express5800/R320a now support VMware vSphere™ natively. With the adoption of virtualization for mainstream applications growing quickly, the need for continuous availability in these environments is becoming even more important. The introduction of VMware vSphere 4 on the NEC FT systems delivers continuous processing to VMware guest environments with performance and simplicity never before available in a VMware environment.

Achieving near-zero downtime is for mission-critical businesses that cannot afford a single moment of failure. NEC Fault Tolerant (FT) servers deliver exceptional uptime through dual modular hardware redundancy and help maximize your business outcomes. The NEC Express5800/ft series servers provide high availability through hardware redundancy in all components: CPU, memory, I/O, hard disk drives, and cooling fans.

The heart of the dual modular architecture is the GeminiEngine™ chipset specially engineered to synchronize redundant components and prevent CPU performance degradation due to hardware redundancy control. GeminiEngine enables “lockstep” processing, which allows the redundant components to process the same instructions simultaneously, eliminating potential failure points for continuous processing.

In a context where virtualization is at the heart of infrastructure projects, the dangers arising from service interruptions to a virtualized system are a new challenge for the market. With the Express5800/R320a server, the infrastructure is not only secured, but also offers unrivalled availability.

Speaking about this initiative, Annick Reyngoudt, Senior Marketing Manager EMEA, IT Platform Division at NEC says, “The new NEC Express5800/R320a models for VMware complete our FT server range to fit all the environments:  Windows, Linux and VMware. Designed to offer optimum continuity of service and guaranteeing system integrity, we are proud to propose our customers innovative solutions to enhance performance and data integrity of VMware environments and save operational costs.”

NEC’s support of VMware vSphere™ on FT hardware prevents data loss in the event of unplanned hardware failures and is ideal for mission-critical data centers and remote offices. This can also be implemented without external storage, networking and additional server systems.

The NEC Express5800/R320a server stores up to eight SAS disks in each system (up to 2,4TB at the moment). NEC FT server with VMware support is available in two base models, the NEC Express5800/R320a-E4 and R320a-M4. The two models are scalable up to 96GB RAM.

NEC offers two high value added professional services packages :

  • UltraCare FT Service Advantage : guarantees a high level of availability for FT solutions (telephone support, module delivery, access to a dedicated web portal, access to material and software assistance, FT automatic remote alarms, FT remote proactive monitoring)
  • UltraCare FT Service Premium : personalized high value added service, offering optimum availability to respond to critical issues 24 hours a day (after-sales service priority escalation, emergency call-out in les than 24 hours, direct access to NEC’s FT Centre Of Expertise, 24/7 telephone support, module delivery in a day)

NEC’s complete range, including the server and associated services, represents the best high availability, optimized operating cost solution thanks to an environment which is easy-to-use, easy to manage and maintain. The NEC Express5800/R320a is also certified for Windows Server 2008 and Red Hat Linux 5 environments.

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The white paper regarding the performance of the NEC Express5800/R320a with VMware is available at:


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About NEC IT Platform Solutions

NEC IT Platform Solutions provides businesses with servers, storage, software and virtualized desktops that enable its customers to maximize business efficiency and performance and improve profitability.   It works with its customers to deliver tailored, innovative solutions from a broad portfolio of products and solutions with short ROI and lower TCO.

For example, NEC’s green, virtualized servers and desktops provide the resilience and flexibility necessary for successful and agile enterprises.   In addition, NEC IT Platform Solutions provides enhanced high availability solutions such as the NEC Fault Tolerant Servers and NEC Express Cluster Software.

NEC IT Platform Solutions has its global headquarters in Paris, France for the EMEA region and works in conjunction with NEC’s businesses worldwide.

For more information, visit http://www.nec-itpf.com

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company’s experience and global resources, NEC’s advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society.

For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com

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