NEC upgrades, speeds up fault-tolerant server

NEC Solutions America Inc. has upgraded its fault-tolerant servers with faster processors and Gigabit Ethernet connections.

The NEC Express5800/FT320Lb server has a compact blade-style chassis, but the components are called modules instead of blades, said Mike Mitsch, senior director of server solutions for the Rancho Cordova, Calif., company.

Instead of one motherboard, the FT320Lb contains four blade-like modules, two for CPUs and two for I/O.

The redundant architecture does away with single points of failure, and a single software image eliminates the need to pay for multiple copies of operating systems and applications, Mitsch said.

Each CPU module has one or two 2.4-GHz Pentium Xeon processors that can run an application in two parallel threads via Intel Corp.'s hyperthreading technology instead of a single serial process. Maximum main memory is 3G.

The I/O modules each have a 400-MHz front-side bus, three disk drives, three PCI slots and two Ethernet connections, one for Gigabit Ethernet and one for 10/100Base-TX.

The 7-inch-high rackmount units now come with Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server and will be available with Windows 2003 Server Enterprise Edition or Linux later this year. A two-way FT320Lb server lists for $26,700.

Contact NEC Solutions America at 866-632-3226.

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