The Express5800/320Ma supports fault tolerance enhancements made available to the Linux community through Red Hat Enterprise Linux 4 (Update 4) which delivers full 64-bit capability.
In conjunction with the Red Hat Enterprise Edition 4 support, NEC is also introducing Red Hat Linux Subscription and Support Programmes.
NEC is providing a one-year Red Hat Network Subscription starting at $1,299 along with technical support during business hours.
Up to 8GB of logical memory is supported on the 3.2GHz system and 16GB for dual-core platforms.
The box supports up to 1.2TB of internal storage with connectivity to third-party storage as well as NEC's San-based storage subsystem.
It also includes NEC's Express Cluster Software for Red Hat Linux, providing application monitoring and restart as well as a platform to expand into disaster recovery.
Jean Bozman, research vice president at IDC's Enterprise Servers Group, said: "A fault-tolerant Linux server solution, such as that being offered by NEC, will address customer requirements for Linux computing for mission-critical enterprise applications leveraging Linux and open source software.
"It also provides a highly available building block for Linux server solutions supporting next-generation telecoms applications."
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