Press Release: February 26, 2007
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HP Extends Reach in High-growth Network-attached Storage Market with PolyServe Acquisition

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced that it has signed adefinitive agreement to acquire PolyServe, Inc., a leading providerof storage software for application and file serving utilities.

The acquisition provides astrong entry point for HP into the high-growth enterprisenetwork-attached storage (NAS) market and allows the company toextend NAS technology to blades, the fastest growing segment of thestorage market. The acquisition will also allow HP to offercustomers a powerful consolidation platform for databases thatrequire high performance and resilience.

Founded in 1999, PolyServeis headquartered in Beaverton, Ore., has 117 employees and servesmore than 500 customers in a variety of industries includingfinance, energy and technology. Financial terms of the transactionwere not disclosed.

PolyServe software workswith industry-standard hardware such as HP ProLiant servers andHP's portfolio of storage arrays to consolidate and virtualize NASin Linux or Windows® environments. With the software, informationfrom file or database servers can be consolidated into a single,shared pool of storage that is highly available and can scale tomatch business demands.

"Our two-year relationshipwith PolyServe has convinced us that its technology will helpaccelerate HP's growth and complement our HP StorageWorks, ProLiantand BladeSystem businesses," said Bob Schultz, senior vicepresident and general manager, StorageWorks Division, HP. "Thecombination of PolyServe software and industry-standard HP hardwarecan help customers consolidate individual silos of storage, reducecomplexity in their IT infrastructures, increase agility and lowerIT costs."

"PolyServe has growntremendously in the past year," said Michael Stankey, chairman andchief executive officer, PolyServe. "Working with HP has proven howsimple, powerful solutions create tremendous customer value andwe're excited to be joining the HP organization. We believe thattogether, we can drive even more growth."

The transaction is subjectto certain closing conditions and is expected to be completedwithin approximately 60 days. Following completion, the businesswill be integrated into the StorageWorks division in HP'sTechnology Solutions Group.

More information about HPStorageWorks is available at http://www.hp.com/go/storage.

About PolyServe,Inc.

PolyServe, Inc. is aleading provider of software for enabling utility computing inenterprise data centers. PolyServe software consolidates Linux andMicrosoft Windows servers and storage into manageable, availableand scalable utilities for databases and file serving. In additionto its headquarters in Beaverton, Ore., PolyServe has a Microsoftdevelopment center in Bellevue, Wash. It also has sales and supportoffices in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, London, Minneapolis,New York, San Francisco and Washington, D.C. For more informationabout PolyServe, visit http://www.polyserve.com.


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