NEC strengthens ICT platform products and systems supporting IoT solutions

Tokyo, November 9, 2015 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced a plan to increase the number of employees for product and service development to 1,000 by the end of fiscal 2016 in order to strengthen ICT platform products that support Internet of Things (IoT) solutions. This initiative is focused on IoT-related technologies centered around edge computing, such as integrated operations management for a broad range of components, including devices, data analysis and others.

Policy for strengthening ICT platform products and systems

Policy for strengthening ICT platform products and systemsPolicy for strengthening ICT platform products and systems

To ensure security and real-time processing, NEC will drive development and expand sales of ICT Platform products under the following five policies to link the real world seamlessly with cyberspace in a five-layer model of its own design.

  • High-speed, high-accuracy analytical processing for processing a large volume of data collected from numerous devices in real time and using such data effectively
  • Distributed and cooperative processing for executing applications in the best layers and realizing efficient systems in response to load fluctuations
  • Device virtualization for processing data collected from a large number of devices safely and efficiently
  • Guaranteeing security in all five layers
  • Integrated operations management of devices and networks for all 5 layers of NEC's IoT model

Based on these policies, NEC will offer the following new products:

  • DX2000 – a high-integration server ideal for the analysis of massive and diverse data he DX2000 is a high-integration server that is able to accommodate 572 servers in a rack. This product is ideal for real-time analysis that requires the high-speed parallel processing of massive, large-sized and diverse data. The DX2000 is able to complete analysis that conventional systems take several hours to perform in a few seconds or a few minutes when it is combined with pre-validated Hadoop parallel processing middleware. The product has also made it possible to save power and space with a high level of integration. NEC expects that it will be able to reduce operating costs by 30% compared with previous NEC x86 rack servers in its model case.


DX2000 (within a rack)DX2000 (within a rack)

  • ExpEther 40G – a product enabling the connection of computer resources in remote locations ExpEther is a technology that enables servers to connect remote computer resources, such as CPUs, GPUs and hard disks, through Ethernet without constraints such as computer installation locations, chassis capacity and power distribution. The new ExpEther 40G Board and ExpEther 40G I/O Expansion Unit have high-speed 40G Ethernet. Users can expand I/O devices flexibly by inserting various peripherals into the I/O Expansion Unit in accordance with PCI Express, such as GPGPUs and SSDs. This product also enables high-speed and secure communications using TWINE, an original high-speed, lightweight encryption technology developed by NEC.

ExpEther 40G BoardExpEther 40G Board

ExpEther 40G I/O Expansion UnitExpEther 40G I/O Expansion Unit

  • Collaboration Assistant – a service enabling the operation of peripherals connected to a smart device from the cloud Scheduled for release in fiscal 2016 (Cloud service version) Collaboration Assistant is a cloud computing service that enables data collection through peripherals such as sensors, and allows equipment operation and application use from remote locations.

For example, Collaboration Assistant enables skilled engineers and the like to share data and the state of operations collected by field workers using their smartphones via cloud service centers. This service contributes to the improvement of field work efficiency by enabling users to reach beyond the limitations of location and distance in order to make the most of a variety of expertise.

Using a smart device to share field informationUsing a smart device to share field information

"NEC is focusing on the social solutions business," said Shinichi Shoji, Executive Vice President of NEC Corporation. "We will empower our IoT business by leveraging our strengths in software-defined networking (SDN), big data, cloud computing and cybersecurity technologies to offer advanced social infrastructure which is fully utilizing information and communication technology (ICT)."

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