A key part of NECs strategy has been highlighting its fault-tolerant servers, which offer identical backup of all components, which run in lockstep. If one fails, the other picks up the work without any disruption. The Express5800/320Lb blade configuration, introduced in March, featured two 1U (1.75-inch-high) servers housing the processing power and two others holding the I/O technology. Unlike most blade servers, this system is stacked in the chassis horizontally. In the third quarter, NEC will introduce the two-way Express5800/330Lx, which will include 2.8GHz Xeons with Intels Hyper-Threading technology, which is designed to enable a single processor to do the work of two virtual servers and improve application peformance by as much as 40 percent, according to Intel officials. NEC also will roll out the four-way 340Lx, which will come with either a 2GHz Xeon MP chip with 1MB of memory or 2.8GHz with 2MB. It also will include Hyper-Threading.However, NEC will keep pace with Intels roadmap on its high-availability series, including Madison. The rollout will come two months after a 32-way NEC 1320Xc powered by Madison and running Windows Server 2003 Datacenter Edition and SQL Server 2000 Enterprise Edition, both for 64-bit computing, posted a record 514,034.72 transactions per minute mark on a TPC-C Benchmark, Mitsch said.
Mitsch said the company will introduce IA-64 offerings to its fault-tolerant line in 2005.