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NEC Computer Systems Inc says it will roll out the clustered and SMP Intel server and software technologies its NEC Corp parent is developing for use with Windows NT as and when it sees a real market for it and not before. It says it’s not going to try and attract the kinds of early developers that a slew of vendors are trying to bag with systems using beta versions of Wolfpack. The net result is that US customers will be effectively the last to be offered the fruits of NEC’s renewed three-year agreement with Microsoft Corp announced yesterday in Japan (CI No 3,233). NEC will begin to introduce its first Wolfpack products almost immediately in Japan, closely followed by a European rollout through its OEM and development partner Compagnie des Machines Bull SA which has access to NEC’s NT inventory. NEC Computer Systems in the US says it doesn’t expect to ship one-to-four way systems clustered with Microsoft’s Wolfpack software until around the end of the year or first quarter of 1998, probably a more realistic time frame given the continuing non-appearance of a finished Cluster Server product from Redmond. It doesn’t expect to even consider selling eight-, 16- and 32-way products until well after its parent begins offering them, said to be from the third quarter of next year. John Anderson is now VP marketing in NEC’s server group, where former Zenith Data Systems Europe, exec Luis Pacheco. is now doing development and product marketing (CI No 3,233).

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