Tuesday September 22, 7:56 am Eastern Time
Company Press Release
NEC CSD Servers Deployed in One of the Nation's Largest Windows NT Terminal Server Kiosk Application Installations
Over 500 Express5800 Servers Enable Circuit City Customers to Design Built-to-Order Desktop Computers
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1998--
NEC Computer Systems Division (NEC CSD) today announced that it
has provided Circuit City with over 500 NEC Express5800(TM) ES1200
servers for use in the electronics retailer's 514 stores nationwide.
The servers, deployed throughout the country in August, are used
in the retailer's newly-introduced built-to-order kiosks, enabling
customers to design their own computers, conduct side-by-side
comparisons between systems, and, finally, place orders and choose
delivery options. The built-to-order kiosks, powered by NEC CSD's
Express5800 servers and Microsoft(R) Windows NT(R) Terminal Server
Software, allow Circuit City to compete with computer dealers who
specialize in built-to-order systems and direct sales.
``We worked closely with Circuit City to develop an integrated
Express5800 server solution incorporating their special software
bundle requirements with our built-to-order capabilities, and were
able to deliver turnkey servers to each retail site, minimizing
installation time and reducing Circuit City's deployment costs,'' said
Luis Pacheco, vice president of product development, Server Group, NEC
``Circuit City is using the Express5800 line to meet their
customers' demands for built-to-order systems, and this is translating
into increased computer sales for them.''
``With the built-to-order kiosks powered by NEC's Express5800
servers, we are able to differentiate ourselves from other computer
dealers in the retail space, and offer our customers the opportunity
to design a system that meets their precise requirements,'' said Dennis
Bowman, chief information officer, Circuit City.
``This was one of the earliest and largest deployments of Windows
NT Terminal servers. We have experienced high reliability with NEC's
Express5800 line out of the box. NEC did an outstanding job in
delivering turnkey servers to all 514 stores.''
Circuit City's Built-To-Order Solution
In order to compete with computer manufacturers who offer
built-to-order systems direct by phone and online, Circuit City
designed its built-to-order kiosks to allow customers to design their
own systems according to their specific requirements. Customers may
choose from over one million combinations of desktop options.
The kiosks operate on NEC Express5800 ES1200 servers, which are
Windows NT Terminal servers monitored by the NEC ESMPRO(TM) Management
Suite. Since introducing the kiosks in stores in June and expanding
the service to all 514 stores nationwide in August, Circuit City has
seen a significant increase in its desktop computer sales.
NEC Express5800 Servers
Today businesses and enterprise workgroups increasingly demand
the expandability and performance offered by the NEC CSD line of
Express5800 workgroup servers. These servers are built with Pentium(R)
II processors to deliver the optimized performance and expandability
required by workgroup applications. All NEC Express5800 servers
include the ESMPRO Server Management Suite for management of servers
and desktops. NEC Express5800 servers are available from NEC CSD
direct at 1-888-8-NEC-NOW or http://www.necnow.com, or though selected
NEC Computer Systems Division is a leading manufacturer of
computer products and solutions for the commercial market. NEC-branded
products include Versa(R) notebook computers, Direction(TM) personal
computers, PowerMate(R) desktop computers, Express5800(TM) servers and
MobilePro(TM) handheld personal computers. NEC Computer Systems
Division uses a distribution model that enables customers to purchase
built-to-order (BTO) and configured-to-order (CTO) notebooks, servers
and desktop products, direct or via a network of qualified resellers.
This customer-focused distribution model allows corporate
end-users to choose the logistics and pricing advantages of direct
sales, integrated with the service and support of their preferred
resellers. By calling 1-888-8NEC-NOW or visiting the web site at
www.necnow.com, customers decide how, where and when they want their
NEC Computer Systems Division is a division of Sacramento,
Calif.-based Packard Bell NEC, Inc., the fifth largest PC vendor in
the United States according to International Data Corporation, an
independent industry research firm based in Framingham, Mass.
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