NEW YORK—NEC Solutions America Inc. is preparing to roll out several new servers over the next few months as it continues to try to expand its U.S. presence.
The Sacramento, Calif., company in the third quarter will release to new systems in its fault tolerant line of servers targeted at the mid-market and high end. The new systems will build off NECs Express5800/320Lb blade server configuration, according to officials here at the CeBIT America show.
In addition, later this month, NEC will refresh its line of Intel Corp.-based high-availability servers with the new Itanium 2 6M chip—code-named Madison. The Express5800/1000 series—32-way systems that include three versions, the 1080Rc, 1160Xc and 1320Xc—will be fitted with the 1.5GHz Itanium 2 6M and 6MB of Level 3 cache, said Mike Mitsch, senior marketing director of server products.
The new systems come at a time of transition for NEC Solutions America, which this week introduced a new president and CEO. Effective next week, Toshimitsu Iwanami is replacing Norio Tanoue. Also new to the company is Larry Sheffield, a long-time IBM and SGI veteran who was recently appointed senior vice president, where he will focus on servers.
At the show, Sheffield said he expects to grow the companys U.S. server revenue from $40 million last year to $60 million this year and more than $100 million next year, numbers that he said are reachable.
"Is it really aggressive, given the size of the market, which is in the billions?" he asked. "We have $40 million, which is a very small percent. We can grow."
NEC has worked over the past year to expand its brand recognition, and now will turn its focus into extending its partnerships with such major players as Intel and Microsoft Corp. to increase that exposure, Sheffield said.