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NEC launches new Express5800 servers for Big Data utilization

*** For immediate use May 5, 2015

Irving, Texas & Tokyo, Japan, May 5, 2015 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the global release of a new Express5800/A2000 Series of enterprise servers for Windows and Linux operating systems with the latest IntelR XeonR Processor E7 v3 Family (up to 18 CPU cores), suitable for mission critical systems and processing Big Data.

These new servers enhance memory controller features, memory sparing functions and memory mirroring functions (Address Based Memory Mirroring, which enables efficient use of memory space), making them ideally suited for the growing needs of Big Data processing and sophisticated social infrastructure, while providing reliable and stable system operations.

Express5800/A2000 SeriesExpress5800/A2000 Series
"In recent years, there is an increasing demand for reliable, high-performance, non-stop processing of enormous amounts of data for the IT infrastructure that supports, for example, security systems for social infrastructure, banking systems and management systems for business operations. There is also a growing need for Big Data processing in order to forecast market trends and to analyze customer profiles. In order to respond to these demands the importance of memory space that can perform real-time processing with high reliability is rapidly increasing," said Tomoyasu Nishimura, General Manager, IT Platform Division, NEC Corporation. "In addition to improving the availability and reliability of memory space, these new products are equipped with functionality that enables efficient use of memory and caters to a wide range of needs."

Key features of the new Express5800/A2000 Series are as follows:

  1. Up to 4 CPUs (72 cores) significantly improving performance
    The new server is significantly more powerful than NEC's previous generation server, with up to 4 CPUs from the Intel(R) Xeon(R) Processor E7 v3 Family. In addition, the disk storage also supports a 12Gbps high-speed SAS interface and can accommodate twice the high-speed storage capacity of the previous server. These enhancements enable the building of infrastructure for Big Data processing of mission-critical operations and processing high volumes of data. Moreover, the new series features an IT platform for real-time analysis of high-speed aggregation/tabulation, such as invariant analysis etc., which is required for certain applications, such as predictive monitoring, for plant shut-downs and the detection of anomalies in IT systems.

  2. Enhanced availability through effective memory mirroring and sparing functions
    With the Address Based Memory Mirroring functionality, the new server enables the effective use of memory space by mirroring only the critical memory space and allocating the rest of memory for in-memory database areas for Big Data. Also, by expanding the spare space of memory prepared for potential physical failures, the new server can keep systems operating even when encountering multiple memory errors. In addition, these new servers are also equipped with a Mission Critical I/O Failover function, which switches over to a redundant I/O card when a failure occurs in an I/O card connected to an external storage or network having an important role in processing data.

  3. Efficient optimization of CPU resources
    The new servers support capacity on-demand functions that enable efficient use of CPU resources. As a result, CPU cores can be added online, without suspending the system, when it is necessary to scale performance due to increased workloads.


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