NEC Business Solutions has debuted its Express 5800 blade server range. The new range combines two Intel Celeron or Pentium III CPUs and features up to 1GB of memory and up to two 80GB hard drives. It is NEC's first blade server for the Australian market. Unlike other offerings, users can add a PCI slot per blade, thereby allowing a number of optional interfaces. With the series, NEC hopes to pull blades out of the niche markets of ISPs and data centres and into the mainstream enterprise. The idea is part of the company's strategy to become the number four server vendor within the next three years. The blades are designed as an alternative to clustered servers by marrying availability with low ownership costs, according to NEC Business Solutions server product manager Lex Coleman.
Designed for use with Windows 2000 and Red Hat Linux 7 operating systems, the Express 5800 blade server range is available immediately, with pricing on application.