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NEC Receives Network Products Guide’s 2008 Product Innovation Award


EC HYDRAstor HS8 Grid Storage Selected a Winner in the Storage Category

Santa Clara, Calif. - NEC Corporation of America, a premier provider of IT, network and identity management solutions, announced today that Network Products Guide, a leading Silicon Valley technology and communications publication, has named NEC HYDRAstor HS8 a winner of the 2008 Product Innovation Award. This venerated award annually recognizes and honors innovative and ground-breaking products and the vendors worldwide that create these innovations. This award is another proof-point in NEC’s history of more than 100 years of setting the bar higher in all areas of information technology.

As the industry’s first unified platform optimized for backup and archive data, NEC HYDRAstor’s revolutionary grid storage architecture addresses storage challenges through its “community of smart nodes.” Comprised of self-aware, self-healing, industry-standard servers with no single point of failure and no central resource bottleneck, NEC HYDRAstor enhances the flexibility of customer storage environments while reducing infrastructure complexity and management overhead.

“NEC’s HYDRAstor is a truly innovative, revolutionary product designed to go beyond simply addressing today’s current storage challenges with enhancements or upgrades to traditional solutions,” says Rake Narang, editor-in-chief, Network Products Guide. “The grid architecture design of HYDRAstor enables the solution to dynamically scale, evolve and self-manage so that IT can focus more on strategic information management and less on tactical technology challenges.”

This next-generation, self-evolving system extends and accelerates the business value of new technology and delivers unrestricted scalability, effortless management, and enterprise deduplication while providing policy-driven, integrated data management services to streamline IT’s job of managing storage.

NEC HYDRAstor offers enterprise deduplication with global deduplication across backup and archive data; wire-speed performance and linear scalability; and the highest resiliency protection for deduplicated data.

“Network Products Guide’s recognition of NEC HYDRAstor HS8 further validates that our grid storage platform is a truly revolutionary storage solution,” said Karen Dutch, vice president, Advanced Storage Products, NEC Corporation of America. “Product innovation is a key component in NEC’s commitment to delivering a dynamic infrastructure and offering smart IT choices.”

The Network Products Guide 2008 Product Innovation Award is not the only accolade the NEC HYDRAstor has received. The editors of TechTarget’s Storage magazine and have also recognized NEC HYDRAstor as the “Product of the Year” Gold award winner for 2007 in the Backup and Disaster Recovery Hardware category. TheInfoPro (TIP) listed NEC for the first time as one of the “Most Exciting Storage Vendors” named by end users in the TIP Wave 10 Storage Study. Inclusion in this list was driven by NEC’s emergence as a Top 5 “in-pilot” vendor for deduplication technology deployments among enterprise buyers. Deduplication was rated as the leading storage technology in TIP’s Storage Technology Networking Heat Index®, which gauges the immediacy of user needs and planned spending for each technology.


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