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NEC Launches New Servers Based on New Intel(R) Xeon(R) E5-2600 v3 Product Family

Tokyo, Sept 17, 2014 - (JCN Newswire) - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the launch of four new models of its Express5800 Series of industry-standard servers. These new servers feature the Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor E5-2600 v3 product family and include rack, modular and blade models, which improve input/output (I/O) performance and network flexibility for various virtualization environments.

Also, NEC has started to use a common design guideline for the Express5800 Server Series and NEC Storage Series to improve usability for operators and maintenance engineers. The new common design is applied to NEC's new servers and storages released in September and later.

In recent years, the number of virtual machines per server has been increasing as server performance increases. On the other hand, I/O performance could bottleneck when concentrated accesses to the server occur, since the number of network ports and network performance is limited. To address such an issue, the new servers are equipped with more network ports and support various network cards, as well as adopting 12Gb/S SAS RAID controllers and hard drives to strengthen I/O performance.

Key features of the new servers include the following:

1. Increased number of network ports and improved flexibility

The new rack mount servers Express5800/R120f-2M and R120f-1M have four network ports(1) which is double when compared with the previous models. The network ports can be selected from 1000BASE-T, 1000BASE-T+10GBASE-SFP+, and 10GBASE-T as a flexible LOM (LAN on Motherboard) for various user needs.

The new blade server Express5800/B120f has two 10GBASE-T ports and can be expanded up to 8 ports by adding 6 ports, which delivers up to 80Gbps network bandwidth.

The new modular server Express5800/E120f-M has four network ports which is double when compared with the previous model. Also, in spite of high density design, there are two PCI slots which support various options such as RAID cards, InfiniBand adapter, and PCIe SSD adapter for flexible system configurations for virtualization and high performance computing.

2. Performance improvements with the latest processors and DDR4 memory

The new servers equipped with the Intel(R) Xeon(R) processor E5-2600 v3 product family with up to 18 cores(2) and high speed DDR4 memory, enable processing performance to be improved by 40%(3) when compared to previous models.

Furthermore, adopting 12Gb/S SAS RAID controllers and hard drives improves storage I/O performance by as much as 40% (*4) compared to previous models.

3.New common design to improve usability

NEC had previously been providing each product lineup with individually optimized design. On the other hand, system administrators are facing increasing workloads as systems are becoming more complex with a wide variety of platform products. NEC has started to use a common design guideline for the Express5800 Server Series and NEC Storage Series to improve usability for operators and maintenance engineers. The new common design is applied to NEC's new servers and storages released in September and later.

The new design guideline includes:

1. Color for hot-swappable parts
2. Product information indication rule on the front (type of HDD/SSD, capacity, etc.)
3. Adopting mono-color LEDs only
4. LED location and order, unified design of icons

For further specification information, please see:

- NEC Express5800/R120f-1M (2-socket 1U rack server)

- NEC Express5800/R120f-2M (2-socket 2U rack server)

- NEC Express5800/B120f (2-socket blade server)

- NEC Express5800/E120f-M (2-socket modular server)


NEC's new Express5800 servers will be available on September 24, 2014 and progressively distributed worldwide. Shipping dates differ according to model and country.

Based on its Mid-term Management Plan 2015, the NEC Group globally provides "Solutions for Society" that promote the safety, security, efficiency and equality of society. NEC's brand message of "Orchestrating a brighter world" represents the fusion of advanced information and communication technologies and know-how created in coordination with partners and customers all over the world in order to contribute to the betterment of society and realize a brighter and more prosperous future.

(1) Two ports when selecting 10GBASE-T
(2) Up to 16 cores for Express5800/B120f, and 10 cores for Express5800/E120f-M
(3) According to the performance tests by NEC
(4) According to the random write performance tests by NEC

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation (TSE: 6701) is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

Source: NEC Corporation

Seiichiro Toda
NEC Corporation
[email protected]

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