NEC Announces Express5800 Enterprise Server

NEC's Express 5800/A1080a is built on the Intel Xeon 7500 Processor series, which utilizes Intel's QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology. NEC said the server is especially suited for environments struggling with managing various server architectures or space constraints due to blade or server sprawl.

NEC Corp. of America, a provider and integrator of communications, networking and IT solutions, announced the fifth-generation server in its premier line of enterprise Intel-based servers, the Express5800/A1080a. The server offers flexibility, capacity and configurability, exploiting the inherent functionality of the Intel Xeon Processor 7500 series.

Building upon the performance of the Express5800/1000 series, the Express5800/A1080a server exploits the functionality of Intel's QuickPath Interconnect (QPI) technology, which NEC said delivers more than 300 percent improvement in thread per one unit (1U) density compared with the previous-generation server while offering modular partitioning within a single chassis.
Built entirely on Intel's new server processor architecture with NEC's advanced RAS features, the Express5800/A1080a server will support standard operating system releases for out-of-the-box implementation. The Express5800/A1080a server can accommodate up to 2TB of memory and 128 threads with modular in-box partitioning in a single 7U chassis. Designed to be less costly than two discrete servers, the latest generation of NEC Intel-based enterprise servers can save businesses rack space and power due to the unit's partitioning and power cooling technology. The four-socket model will be generally available on May 10, 2010, with the eight-socket model shipping on June 24.
"Intel welcomes NEC's announcement of the Express5800/A1080a series based on the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series," said Boyd Davis, general manager of Intel's Data Center Marketing Group. "We're excited to see NEC support the Machine Check Architecture Recovery capability available for the first time in x86 servers with the Intel Xeon processor 7500 series. The NEC Express5800/A1080a is a compelling complement to NEC's portfolio of mission critical systems. With up to eight high-performance Intel Xeon Processor 7500 series CPUs in a configurable, high density system, NEC will help deliver the performance, scalability and availability required for the most demanding enterprise applications, large-scale server consolidation and database environments."
The Express5800/A1080a server also includes built-in service processors that work in conjunction with NEC's BIOS and Intel's MCA architecture to simplify management of all server resources even when converted into partitions, along with service processors and fully hot-swappable redundant power supplies.
"With this latest generation server, NEC is continuing to incorporate super computer and mainframe-inspired features into the server industry's highest quality and most reliable solutions for mission-critical computing on x86 Intel-based platforms," said Mike Mitsch, general manager at NEC Corp. of America. "The Express5800/A1080a server delivers the density, configuration flexibility and energy efficiency our customers have come to expect from NEC."