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NEC Named 2014 Best of Interop Winner in Management ProgrammableFlow(R) Unified Network Coordinator (UNC) Wins Management Category

*** For immediate use April 3, 2014

Las Vegas, NV – April 3, 2014NEC Corporation of America (NEC), along with NEC Corporation in Japan, announced today that NEC's Unified Network Coordinator (UNC), a ProgrammableFlow Version 5.1, OpenFlow-based, software-defined data center interconnect solution, has won the Best of Interop Management category, as determined by a distinguished panel of judges at Interop Las Vegas. The conference continues through April 4 at the Mandalay Bay Convention Center. For more information, visit

The Best of Interop Judging Committee, made up of 16 award-winning IT editors and analysts, reviewed nearly 130 entries in nine categories. The winners in each category represented the products that the judging committee believed had the most significant technical impact on their segment and are helping to move business technology forward.

 "Congratulations to NEC for winning the Management category of the Best of Interop awards, and to all of our winners," said Interop General Manager Jennifer Jessup. "We're excited for Interop attendees to be able to experience these new technologies first-hand in the Expo."

First announced March 3, 2014, NEC's UNC addresses key challenges faced by today's businesses, including increased business continuity requirements, greater bandwidth needs, better access to geographically dispersed apps and data, increased network complexity, and required visibility for better security.

The UNC tackles these issues and improves scalability of the network controller by 10 times over previous ProgrammableFlow controllers. It enables construction and orchestration of virtual networks across multiple controllers within a data center, as well as across interconnects between data centers. The UNC's capability of linking virtual networks across and between data centers gives customers the ability to link to specific policies within the UNC. In turn, users gain the ability to have an end-to-end policy across multiple controllers and multiple domains. With its up to 10x* scalability, each ProgrammableFlow UNC can control up to 10 controllers or 10 sites or 10 zones in a large data center; 2,000 switches (compared to 200 per controller in previous version); 100,000 VLANS; and 10 million flows.

"The award in Management continues the recognition NEC has achieved as a leading provider in the SDN space. We're honored that the Best of Interop Judging Committee recognizes the business value that NEC's UNC delivers by improving an organization's networking agility," said Don Clark, business development director, NEC Corporation of America. "NEC looks forward to continuing our success in delivering SDN solutions that solve real-world challenges for our customers."

NEC is showcasing the UNC plus the latest version of the ProgrammableFlow Network Suite and NEC's cloud, biometrics, analytics, unified communications and collaboration, and managed services solutions this week at Interop Las Vegas in NEC booth #1839.

About ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite
Initially launched in 2011, the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite was the first commercially available SDN solution to leverage the OpenFlow protocol, enabling complete network virtualization, allowing customers to easily deploy, control, monitor, and manage multi-tenant network infrastructure. Now with version 5.1, customers can unify and control remote networks, all from a central location, to deliver simplified data center management, improved end-user access to applications, enhanced collaboration, and dramatically increase efficiency of IT resource utilization. Endorsed by customers, the ProgrammableFlow Networking Suite provides the first comprehensive suite that includes both physical and virtual switches as well as an SDN controller and applications. Ideally suited for corporate and service provider data centers, the ProgrammableFlow Controller PF6800 controller provides a cost-effective, high-performance, highly scalable SDN platform.

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About NEC Corporation of America
Headquartered in Irving, Texas, NEC Corporation of America is a leading provider of innovative IT, network, communications and biometric products and solutions for service carriers, Fortune 1000 and SMB businesses across multiple vertical industries, including Healthcare, Government, Education and Hospitality. NEC Corporation of America delivers one of the industry's broadest portfolios of technology solutions and professional services, including unified communications, wireless, voice and data, managed services, server and storage infrastructure, optical network systems, microwave radio communications and biometric security. NEC Corporation of America is a wholly-owned subsidiary of NEC Corporation, a global technology leader with a presence in 140 countries and more than $32 billion in revenues. For more information, please visit

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