HP, NEC expand enterprise collaboration

Hewlett-Packard and NEC are expanding joint projects aimed at the enterprise market.
Written by Charlie Osborne, Contributing Writer
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Hewlett-Packard and NEC have announced the expansion of collaborative efforts to engineer future mission-critical and blade servers.

Japanese IT firm NEC has worked with HP for a number of years to jointly develop enterprise IT systems built on HP's Unix-based operating system, HP-UX. By developing mission-critical and blade servers, the companies aim to promote investment protection, solution choice and technological innovation within the enterprise market -- beginning with the introduction of solutions based on HP-UX, HP Integrity servers and NEC NX7700i servers in 1995.

The companies are now expanding their activities by including next-generation, mission-critical x86 systems which can cater for increasing consumer demands for better uptime due to industry trends including social media, the evolution and adoption of mobile technology, cloud computing and Big Data.

HP and NEC's alliance will include the advancement of multiple mission-critical server platforms. HP's future "DragonHawk" scalable x86 infrastructure, based on Superdome 2 and blade server technology, is included within these developments.

In addition, the companies will jointly research, develop and test mission-critical solutions for Linux and Windows environments.

"Performance and reliability are vital to mission-critical computing clients and the business-critical workloads they will deploy into the next decade," said Mark Potter, senior vice president and general manager of HP Servers. "By aligning our expertise, HP and NEC will drive enterprise server technology forward, allowing our joint clients to protect and grow their current and future investments."

Earlier this month, reports surfaced that NEC may be planning to abandon its ailing smartphone business after a potential deal between the firm and PC giant Lenovo failed to materialize. The talks reportedly stalled between NEC and Lenovo due to disagreements over majority ownership and patents. If no resolution is found, NEC may look for a new partner, or stop the development of new smartphones and instead focus on feature phone models.

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