NEC Corp has been accorded the privilege of becoming the first non-US company for which Oracle Corp has formed a Products Division. The Redwood Shores, California headquarters-based NEC Products Division is in response to the increasing demand by major Asian corporations for high-performance client-server systems addressing their unique market requirements. It will expand the existing alliance between NEC and Oracle in Japan to the worldwide marketplace. NEC has been reselling Oracle's products in Japan since 1989 and is currently the leading channels partner for Oracle in Japan. Its Compagnie des Machines Bull SA affiliate is also best friends with Oracle. Jointly staffed by Oracle and NEC, the new division will focus on timely delivery of Oracle products on NEC hardware, optimal client-server systems performance; development of mission-critical products and services; and expansion of joint Oracle-NEC worldwide marketing via new and existing distribution channels.