Middle East server market set for record growth says NEC and Al Yousuf

The server market is set to grow in the Middle East, and NEC Computers International intends to be among the leading vendors.

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By  Mark Sutton Published  October 13, 2002

The server market is set to grow in the Middle East, and NEC Computers International intends to be among the leading vendors. The company, one of the leading PC manufacturers in the world, aims to be in the top five server vendors in the Middle East within the next two years.

The company is staking its claim to the region’s nascent server sector with the Gitex launch of its Express5800/ft, a fault tolerant server designed specifically to meet the needs of the SMB sector.
“Starting at the highly competitive price of just 55,000 dirhams, Express5800/ft is the result of close cooperation and development between NEC CI and Intel Corporation,” said Lenia Iacovides, managing director, interFRONTIERS, the Regional Business Development Unit (RBDU) of NEC CI.

“The new server is a tailor made solution for bank branches, shopping malls, financial institutions, call centres and all mission critical applications requiring continuous availability. The UAE especially, with the opening of DIFC, new shopping malls and other development projects, will witness a boom in server demand, which in 2005 is expected to reach 22,910 units, by today's growth rate.”

NEC also expects strong growth of the server market in Saudi Arabia, where it predicts server shipments to double over the next two years to exceed 34,000. The Express5800/ft is intended to cater specifically for the growing markets, by using Intel Pentium architecture, Microsoft Windows 2000 Advanced Server and industry standard components to reduce cost of ownership and simplify maintenance.

NEC will be promoting its new server products, along with its wide range of PC devices with UAE corporate reseller Al Yousuf.
Among the products on show at Gitex are the M300 and Versa range of notebooks and a Pocket PC product that NEC says is the thinnest and lightest PDA available in Europe today.

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