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NEC and XenSource Sign Global OEM Agreement to Bring Virtualization Solutions to Market
XenSource, Inc., the leader of the open source Xen™ virtualization project and a provider of enterprise virtualization solutions, and NEC Corporation (NSDQ: NIPNY), one of the world's leading providers of Internet, broadband network and enterprise business solutions, today announced a broad alliance in which NEC will deliver XenSource’s server virtualization solutions. With this agreement, NEC and XenSource will collaborate to deliver XenSource virtualization solutions to market to help businesses dramatically reduce operating costs through savings on hardware, provisioning, power, space, cooling, and system maintenance. Additionally, the companies will collaborate to deliver Integrated VM on NEC’s REAL IT PLATFORM vision. Integrated VM is a technology which realizes total management for multiple virtualization products and is performed by NEC’s platform management software, NEC SigmaSystemCenter. By this collaboration, NEC and XenSource will add XenEnterprise into the Integrated VM and enhance the virtualization market by joint development of the management features.

“XenSource has quickly become a proven name in virtualization, and was the clear choice for NEC when it came to a provider that could help us deliver a virtualization solution to our customers,” said Katsumi Inoue, General Manager, 2nd Computer Software Division, NEC Corporation. “We are confident that our new solution will deliver the capabilities necessary for enterprises to achieve the full benefits of virtualization in the enterprise, and look forward to deliver this capability.”

Under the terms of the agreement, NEC and XenSource agree to:

  • Joint development of virtualization products for NEC’s Integrated VM vision;
  • Study and development of enhancements for XenEnterprise in the areas where NEC has extensive expertise for enterprise systems;
  • Embedding XenEnterprise with NEC’s integrated management infrastructure, SigmaSystemCenter, which will manage XenEnterprise with other resources;
  • Integrating XenEnterprise with NEC software and hardware solutions;
  • Delivering a XenSource product packaged by NEC; and,
  • Joint marketing activities.

“NEC Corporation is one of the most respected global brands, and has an excellent track record of identifying and supporting enterprise customer’s needs,” said Peter Levine, CEO of XenSource. “We look forward to working closely with NEC to successfully develop, introduce, market and support this aggressive, and well-timed, virtualization initiative.”

“Intel believes that the collaboration between NEC and XenSource will accelerate the adoption of server virtualization solutions with Intel® Virtualization Technology,” said Doug Fisher, vice president and general manager of the Intel System Software Division. “Intel has worked with both NEC and XenSource on developing high performance solutions optimized for virtualization. The combination of XenEnterprise and NEC systems powered by Dual-Core Intel® Xeon® 5100 servers is an impressive platform for server virtualization.”

Availability
NEC will begin shipping XenEnterprise in August 2007, and the NEC SigmaSystemCenter with XenEnterprise Integrated VM capability by December 2007.

Published Monday, June 25, 2007 5:58 AM by David Marshall
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