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September 16, 2008

Unisys, NEC Team on Common Platform for Enterprise Servers

NEC and Unisys (News - Alert) have said that they completed development of the first generation of a common platform for both companies' enterprise servers. This common platform is the result of an alliance agreement signed in 2006.
The main aim of the alliance is to provide systems that leverage both companies' expertise in enterprise server products and enable them to reduce research and development costs.
NEC (News - Alert) has already started manufacturing systems based on this common platform. Both the companies will market the systems as part of its own branded server line.
“This important collaboration with NEC enables us to provide Unisys clients with increasingly powerful, scalable, resource-efficient and cost-effective enterprise servers," said Rich Marcello, president at Unisys Systems and Technology, in a statement.
He also said that drawing on Unisys design expertise and NEC's manufacturing prowess, “we can expand the range of choices customers have in deploying enterprise servers in real-time infrastructures” that enable them to address continually evolving business demands."
Unisys is an information technology services and solutions company. The company offers consulting, systems integration, outsourcing and infrastructure services, combined with enterprise server technology.
"Combining Unisys long-standing expertise in designing high-end enterprise servers and NEC's high-quality manufacturing, we can deliver world-class computer systems that enable each company to address new market opportunities,” said Yukio Ito, senior vice president supervising IT Platform Business Unit at NEC.
He also said his collaboration significantly contributes to NEC's global business and marks the company's entry into the high-end Xeon server space.
Based on the common platform, the systems employ the latest Intel (News - Alert) Xeon Processors. Additionally, these enterprise servers can scale up to 16 sockets and 96 processor cores, and support up to 1 terabyte (TB) of memory.
“With NEC and Unisys chipset technology supporting up to 16 high-performance, multi-core Intel Xeon 7400 processors, Intel believes the common platform will deliver the performance and scalability required for the most demanding enterprise applications,” said Kirk Skaugen, vice president and general manager of Server Platforms Group at Intel.
The systems are targeted for high-end enterprise computing tasks such as database-intensive activities - online transaction processing and business intelligence, enterprise requirements planning (ERP) and server consolidation using virtualization technologies.

Anshu Shrivastava is a contributing editor for TMCnet. To read more of Anshu's articles, please visit her columnist page.

Edited by Stefania Viscusi

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