NEC CSD Servers Deployed in One of the Nation's Largest Windows NT Terminal Server Kiosk Application Installations
07:56 a.m. Sep 22, 1998 Eastern

    MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Sept. 22, 1998--      

Over 500 Express5800 Servers Enable Circuit City Customers to Design Built-to-Order Desktop Computers

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 CSD.

"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, or though selected resellers.

Company Background

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, customers decide how, where and when they want their orders fulfilled.

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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