24/7 business operations and the need for an "always-on" computing infrastructure means that there is no time for downtime in business-critical and mission-critical applications. Customers are no longer just relying on simple server reliability, with downtime of up to 9 hours a year; they are demanding more uptime, challenging server suppliers to provide highly reliable systems at much lower price-points than ever before.
While disasters and unplanned downtime get the big headlines, planned downtime for hardware maintenance and backups is the cause of most service interruptions. NEC's business continuity solutions let you eliminate planned downtime, ensure data protection, deliver high availability and be better prepared for disaster recovery.
NEC uses each component of the IT system to provide a solution which caters to the needs of its customers. From simple backing up or storage policy of sensitive company data to the continuity of service systems up until the return of business, NEC meets all of these requirements through innovation.
As technologies are constantly developing, the implementation of a disaster recovery plan or a high availability system solution can be very complex and costly nowadays in terms of administration of processes and resources as opposed to direct costs of implemented products (hardware, software).
Therefore, innovation should be a simplification, consolidation and optimisation service in order to reduce administration costs.
That is why, through its Business Continuity offer, NEC places a particular importance on advice and developing a portfolio of solutions which are unmatched on the market.
NEC's FT (Fault Tolerant) servers surpass the concept of high availability to enter the era of the "continuous availability". Such servers are designed to guarantee an availability of 99.999%, that is to say on average less than 5 minutes of unplanned interruption per year, including time necessary for repairs, updates, and general maintenance.
The FT Server can deliver a lower total cost of ownership over the life of a server as compared to alternative high availability solutions, such as software clusters. To run in redundant mode, the FT server only requires one copy of the operating system and application software license, no professional services to setup or configure the server, and no cost or services are required to replace a broken server module under NEC's warranty program. It's simple to setup, simple to use, and simple to maintain.
With the support of leading operating systems providers, FT servers implement redundancy at the hardware level, reducing failures to notifications and indicator light status. This approach significantly reduces the complexity associated with other forms of high availability such as clustering systems. It also simplifies system management and recovery operations, since administration and configurations are performed as a single system view.