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NEC Plans US Storage Push

Japanese vendor clinches OEM deal with RAID Inc. and reveals its SAN roadmap

NEC ramped up its efforts to sell its storage in the U.S. today, announcing an OEM deal with RAID Inc. and revealing plans to bring high-end SAN systems to the American market later this year.

We have been building storage for nearly 15 years, [but] for the most part, we have been selling it into the Japanese market,” says Karen Dutch, NEC’s vice president of advanced storage products.

NEC first got into the U.S. storage market about two years ago, selling its 144-Tbyte D3 SAN device through video and broadcast OEMs, although the vendor is now looking to push the technology into the lucrative federal and supercomputing sectors.

Under the terms of today’s agreement, RAID will rebrand the entire D-Series under its Xanadu product line. “Initially, the focus is HPC and the government space,” says Dutch, adding that the D3 will continue to be sold as an NEC-branded offering.

Later this year RAID will also serve as NEC’s U.S. launch-pad for its 1.5-Pbyte D8 device, which is currently only sold in Japan.

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