HP Offers Comprehensive Portfolio of Products, Services and Solutions to Support Windows Server 2003; Collaborative Approach Improves Customer Performance, Reliability and Efficiency
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HP Offers Comprehensive Portfolio of Products, Services and Solutions to Support Windows Server 2003; Collaborative Approach Improves Customer Performance, Reliability and Efficiency



PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 2003--HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced that it offers a comprehensive set of products, services and technologies designed to help customers successfully implement Microsoft(R) Windows(R) Server 2003 and consolidate and streamline solution development.

HP and Microsoft's 20-year strategic relationship is a benchmark in the IT industry and brings customers a broad portfolio of platforms and solutions, management and support of Windows-based environments.

"HP and Microsoft continue to lead the advance of 'standards-based' computing further into the enterprise; we're working side by side to research, test, implement and support solutions that meet customers' most demanding business objectives," said Peter Blackmore, executive vice president, HP Enterprise Solutions Group. "From HP ProLiant blade and eight-way servers to the HP Itanium family of servers to Windows Server 2003 assessment, planning, design and implementation services and solutions, HP is ready to help customers of all sizes realize immediate cost savings through implementation of Windows Server 2003."

The complete HP portfolio takes a collaborative approach to deliver industry standards-based services, products and innovations to customers, thereby reducing the associated costs and complexity of migration and IT consolidation projects.

With more than 10 million Windows seats deployed or under contract, HP is the second largest Microsoft integrator in the world -- second only to Microsoft itself. Based on total breadth of capabilities, HP is the only designated Worldwide Prime Integrator of Microsoft technologies.

"The exceptional performance that Windows Server 2003 and HP's lineup of products, services and support delivers clearly demonstrates our combined commitment to increasing the business value of every customer's IT system," said Jim Allchin, global vice president of platforms, Microsoft Corporation. "Early adopters of Windows Server 2003 are experiencing the benefits of more consolidated, more easily managed systems; they're improving employee productivity and achieving levels of secure connectivity not previously possible -- some have increased efficiency by as much as 30 percent."

HP's Microsoft-based services and technologies deliver the benefits of industry-standard computing to business problems traditionally solved with expensive, proprietary solutions. Since the creation of the first industry-standard server for Windows more than a decade ago, HP has been the preferred partner and solution platform for customers who want to optimize IT costs and reduce complexity through Windows-based solutions.

"We looked at a number of individuals, but at the end of the day, the relationship with HP basically made them the only real choice for us moving forward," said Nigel Stevens, vice president, information systems and technology alliances worldwide for Reed Elsevier, a world-leading publisher and information provider. "HP has been involved right from the start; they have helped us with the program management aspects of what we have been doing since the outset. We've had a team of HP engineers helping us with all aspects of the design, including Active Directory, Exchange and client builds. Without their input we wouldn't be where we are today."

Most Experienced and Largest Number of Microsoft-trained Experts

HP is ready to assist customers today as they migrate and consolidate their current Windows NT Server 3.x/4.x/2000 and expensive, proprietary systems to standards-based HP servers and storage with Windows Server 2003. The company employs more than 23,000 trained service professionals, including 5,000 Microsoft-certified systems engineers able to plan, design, implement, manage and support Windows Server 2003 migration and consolidation solutions.

For Windows Server 2003, HP provided important engineering consulting for Microsoft in both the 32- and 64-bit environments. Reviewing Windows Server 2003 in the development phase helped expedite HP's internal deployment, as well as prepare the company for implementations of the new operating system for its customers. HP now offers customers the broadest and most rigorously tested and certified IA-32 and Itanium(R)-based industry standard servers for Windows Server 2003 to improve efficiency and performance.

Rigorous Testing Ensures High Performance and Reliability

Close collaboration with Microsoft enables HP to deliver dependable solutions built from industry standard technologies to help customers optimize their current infrastructure through Windows Server 2003 migration and consolidation projects.

To ensure the highest reliability and performance of the Windows Server 2003 solution on HP platforms, HP certifies and thoroughly tests the complete portfolio of HP technologies including ProLiant, Itanium-based, and tc series servers as well as HP storage and management software.

Technologies to Increase Performance, Reliability and Efficiency

Customers also can benefit from HP management tools that simplify the system care of their HP servers running Windows Server 2003. The ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack, included with every ProLiant server, provides a single source for reliable deployment and easy management tools.

Additionally, embedded technologies in HP ProLiant servers, such as the Integrated Lights-Out (iLO) processor, system health LEDs and Unit ID Lights, simplify system care. The ProLiant Performance Management Pack is available to identify and explain hardware bottlenecks and enables proactive management of the server's performance.

HP Hot Plug RAID memory and eight-node Windows clusters provide greatly improved availability. An industry first, HP Hot Plug RAID memory virtually eliminates downtime caused by memory failures and upgrades thereby increasing single system availability. In addition, HP offers the easiest Microsoft cluster solution integration, from blades to eight-ways, through pre-tested and pre-configured single SKU ordering.

Windows Server 2003 and HP make storage area network (SAN) deployment and management more customer friendly. Microsoft's Volume Shadow Copy (VSS) and Virtual Disk Service (VDS) functions enable instant snapshots of data that can be presented to applications for safer, more efficient data protection and management of SAN environments. Additionally, storage scalability is increased to hundreds of terabytes with Windows Powered NAS and price/performance over proprietary network attached storage (NAS) offerings is dramatically improved.

HP provides customers with complete management solutions for Windows Server 2003 environments. HP OpenView Operations from Windows and Smart Plug-ins are HP's premier offerings for managing heterogeneous systems, applications and Web services from an easy-to-use Windows console. HP OpenView management solutions allow customers to efficiently control their IT infrastructure, maximize operational performance, reduce costs and increase service levels.

HP and Windows Server 2003 Availability

HP, the leader in Windows-based server sales,(1) offers all four editions of Windows Server 2003 through OEM licenses, either factory installed (32- and 64-bit) or shipped with a server (32-bit only). Additionally, the company offers Windows Server 2003 as a retail package product on HP direct sites and direct for Microsoft's volume license programs.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

Note:(1) IDC Q4 2002 Server Tracker, published February 2003.

Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp. Itanium is a registered trademark of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development and performance of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's quarterly report on Form 10-Q for the quarter ended January 31, 2003, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation to update these forward-looking statements.

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