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NEC Unveils Windows-2000-Based Fault-Tolerant Server

By Amy Newman (Send Email)
Posted May 22, 2001


NEC Tuesday unveiled two models of its Express5800/ft Server, the first commercially available Windows-2000-based fault-tolerant server with an Intel architecture.

Express5800/ft Server is a result of a joint development effort between NEC and Stratus Technologies International.

NEC Tuesday unveiled two models of its Express5800/ft Server, the first commercially available Windows-2000-based fault-tolerant server with an Intel architecture.

NEC developed the Windows 2000 based fault-tolerant Intel architecture server in response to market demands for increased performance in Intel-architecture-based servers. The company's joint development effort with the Luxembourg-based Stratus was one year in the making. Express5800/ft is the two companies' first product to serve fault-tolerant solution to a wider customer base.

The server provides high levels of resiliency against failure by employing duplexed main components. The server employs dual modular redundancy configuration with duplexed CPUs, memory, HDDs and other main hardware in a compact form. Failed components in the server are detached for replacement, thus avoiding system shut down.

Most of the widely available off-the-shelf software for Windows 2000 can be used on the Express5800/ft without requiring modification.

Express5800/ft will be available starting June 29 only in Japan. It will be priced starting at Yen 2,300,000.

The server will be available in pedestal and rack-mount forms.

NEC's goal is to sell 8,000 units of Express5800/ft (including the tripled CPUs and memory product it plans to introduce in the fall) in Japan during the next year. The tripled version is designed for enterprises that require higher reliability and availability.



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