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HP Details Plans to Consolidate Global Data Centers

Transformation expected to achieve world-class capabilities and cost structure
PALO ALTO, Calif., May 17, 2006

HP today announced plans to consolidate its 85 data centers worldwide into six larger centers located in three U.S. cities.

The consolidation will result in the deployment of HP’s IT infrastructure in two facilities each in Atlanta, Houston and Austin, Texas.

In addition to enabling HP’s IT organization to be more nimble and provide better information for the entire company, the consolidation will help HP reduce its IT spending by approximately $1 billion in the coming years. The facilities also will serve as a showcase for HP Adaptive Infrastructure products and services.

“Consolidating our data operations into six state-of-the-art centers will provide HP with strengths that are unmatched in the industry,” said Randy Mott, executive vice president and chief information officer, HP. “The data centers will provide our business with more dependable, simplified operations. This effort will enable faster delivery of new technologies, services and information and provide room for growth and improved business continuity, while significantly reducing costs.”

HP has designed the six facilities to be “lights out” data centers, capable of being managed remotely. This will be enabled through the use of the company’s adaptive infrastructure solutions, including HP Integrity servers, HP BladeSystem servers, HP OpenView management software and HP StorageWorks networked storage. HP also is implementing smart cooling technologies that optimize airflow for cooling of the data centers, leading to utility cost savings of up to 25 percent.

The three data center locations were selected based on availability and affordability of space, power and network bandwidth, as well as a lower probability of impact from natural disasters. Each location will host two separate physical sites with more than 50,000 square feet of useable floor space within 15 miles of each other, enabling them to be serviced centrally.

The data centers are being designed as a series of modules that can be arranged in various configurations. The modular design will facilitate rapid build times and significant efficiencies in maintaining, managing and upgrading the environment to better leverage the frequently changing technology landscape.

Space, power and cooling will be rapidly scalable and optimally balanced, with utilization targeted at 70-80 percent per module compared with average utilization of 50 percent in less sophisticated environments.

While these centers will serve HP’s internal requirements, the company’s HP Services unit will continue to provide services to customers through more than 70 separate data centers in 23 countries, which also will use HP Adaptive Infrastructure products and services.

“Getting IT right requires that we align our core infrastructure to the speed, agility and cost structures that HP’s business innovation requires,” said Mark Hurd, HP chief executive officer and president. “The capabilities that we deliver will not only be the right solution to meet our own business requirements, but will also provide the best environment for our customers to see first-hand what HP technology and services can do for them. These facilities will serve as a model of the next-generation data center that HP believes represents the future of enterprise computing.”

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HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company’s offerings span IT infrastructure, global services, business and home computing, and imaging and printing. For the four fiscal quarters ended April 30, 2006, HP revenue totaled $88.9 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


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