Japanese vendor NEC has signed a 10-year deal with US firm Stratus Technologies establishing a joint product development alliance and a long-term hardware purchasing arrangement for the development of fault-tolerant Linux and Windows servers to be used in critical uptime systems.
Under the joint product development agreement, Stratus and NEC will cross-license technologies, collaborate closely on the development of future Windows and Linux-based fault-tolerant computer servers, and provide core fault-tolerant technology.
Stratus will provide high-availability software that enables continuous server operation, while NEC will have primary responsibility for hardware design and for manufacturing a common hardware platform, which Stratus will purchase from NEC.
Fault-tolerant servers allow for the easy replacement of hardware components in the event of failure, without interrupting operations.
NEC also has committed to increase its equity position in Stratus with a $9m cash investment, reaffirming its commitment to the high-availability server marketplace.
The two firms plan to launch the first of their new servers on the global market in late 2006.
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