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The two companies have teamed up to deliver NEC HCI, a hyperconverged infrastructure platform touted as cost-effective, easy to use, high performing, and scalable.
The Lowdown: NEC Corporation of America and its EMEA-based wholly owned subsidiary, NEC Enterprise Solutions, announced today a new hyperconverged platform that leverages Scale Computing’s HC3 software.
The Details: Officials at NEC said the solution is ideal for small to midsize enterprises and branch offices supporting mission-critical applications. The all-in-one appliance uses NEC’s D120h high-density server and can host four individual server nodes, offering a streamlined data center footprint that results in enhanced efficiency and reduced infrastructure costs.
With the latest platform, NEC addresses the challenge of adding capacity to existing infrastructures. New appliances can be added to the NEC HCI seamlessly and quickly – within minutes, to be exact – and a variety of models and capacities can be mixed and matched. Also, the appliance can be preconfigured for specific workloads or customized to end-user needs.
Sources at NEC said the appliance uses “highly intelligent” architecture and automation to provide operational simplicity. Software is pre-installed and the hypervisor is included, eliminating additional third-party costs.
The Scale Computing-powered NEC HCI will be available through NEC’s channel partners sometime in the second quarter of 2019.
The Buzz: “As the HCI market continues to expand significantly, we wanted to offer a competitive solution that provides value to our partners and customers,” said Ram Menghani, a senior vice president at NEC Enterprise Solutions. “Due to Scale Computing’s knowledge and current success in the HCI market, NEC is proud to partner with them to provide a competitive HCI solution that complements our existing technology offerings.”
“We’re excited about this partnership and the launch of NEC HCI in North America and EMEA,” said Dan Pierce, vice president of strategic sales at Scale Computing. “NEC Hyperconverged Infrastructure, powered by Scale HC3 software, is the ideal solution for customers requiring ease-of-use and high availability with a low [total cost of ownership].”