A Bold New Direction for NEC at Enterprise Connect

Enterprise communications is evolving at an incredible pace.  It seems only a few years ago we were all touting the benefits of voice over IP.  Today, our industry is about much  more than voice and data over the same network.  Of course, unified communications is that “much more,” giving us voice, status and presence information, messages in a single inbox, video and Web collaboration tools, social networking capability, and ideally the ability to go mobile with all of these features.

This week our industry’s largest event, Enterprise Connect, kicks off in Orlando with a new name and  vision, “Communications Transforming Business.”  It’s a fitting tagline  for a show that evolved out of voice-centric roots into a much broader array of topics, as UniCom Consulting’s Marty Parker points out this week on NoJitter.com, and one that also aligns with the direction NEC is demonstrating at booth 609.

UCC_AgentToday, NEC Corporation unveiled a new Unified Communications & Collaboration architecture, which is being demonstrated in booth 609 at Enterprise Connect.  Using Rich Internet Applications (RIA) technology, UC&C fits into today’s secure Web architectures and can be deployed either on-premise, in the cloud or a combination of both.  It gives users a unified client across any device – smartphone, tablet, laptop or PC.  The client itself is designed to be simple, elegant and intuitive based on the user’s role.  It’s definitely worth a look if you are at Enterprise Connect this week.

Also worth a look are our speakers – we have five of them this year in the Enterprise Connect program.

“IP Telephony RFP: Who Delivers the Goods?”

  • Monday, February 28, 2:00 – 5:00 PM (Wade Irwin) in Osceola A

“Comparing UC Options: Who’s Offering What?”

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 – 5:30 PM (Gary Gordon) in Osceola A

“The Role of Tablets in Enterprise UC”

  • Tuesday, March 1, 2:30 – 3:30 PM (Gary Gordon) in Osceola B

“Unified Communications Interoperability: What’s Needed?”

  • Wednesday, March 2, 8:00 – 8:45 AM (Todd Landry) in Sun B

“Integrating Mobility and UC RFP”

  • Wednesday, March 2, 2:30 – 5:30 PM (Sheryl Teague) in Sun B

And the Winner Is….

altI guess you can say there’s a competition for just about everything in the world.  Hot dog eating, wife carrying, ugliest dog and fastest computing.  Although NEC hasn’t won a best beard contest in a while we just won first place at the HPC Challenge with our Earth Simulator. 

Our “Earth Simulator” you ask? 

Allow me to give you the technical answer: The Earth Simulator is a parallel vector computing system that was launched in March 2002 at JAMSTEC. The renewed Earth Simulator, put into operational use in March 2009, consists of 160 nodes of the SX-9/E system with a theoretical peak performance of 131TFLOPS, which also boasts the world fastest CPU core of 102.4GFLOPS.

Now allow me to translate: A really fast computer that would probably be a killer gaming PC.

 Press Release

 HPC Challenge Website

Fill ‘er Up…With Electric!

NEC electric carIt’s no surprise that a fully electric car will soon be as popular as hybrids are today. To make this endeavor successful, you need a way to charge that car when you’re not at home. In steps NEC and the Portland General Electric Company.

Our two companies have joined forces to open the first quick-charge electric station for electric vehicles in (you guessed it) Portland, Oregon.

But don’t expect to get in and out too very quickly. An 80% battery charge takes about 20 – 30 minutes. This time was proven when Oregon Governor Ted Kulongoski took the Nissan Leaf (also co-develop by NEC) for a two-day test drive and charged up at the station during a press event.

Think AAA will soon offer roadside electric charge service?

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4,3,2…..ONE!

CSU_logoUC for Enterprise Manager, NEC’s centralized Web-based management system for communication systems, provides reliable management making a business’s communication system more productive. See how Cleveland State University migrated four aging communication systems into a single, SV8500 platform to enable the network administration staff the ability to view the entire campus communications system using UCE Manager. With the expansion of end user’s needs, the implementation of the infrastructure was important to the university’s communications systems. See the video.