Press Release: December 05, 2007
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HP Readies Customers for Upcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2008 Launch

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 5, 2007

HP today announced a broad portfolio of “Microsoft-ready” hardware, software, services and solutions to help ensure customers experience a seamless transition to the upcoming Microsoft Windows® Server 2008.

HP technologies, when used in conjunction with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, can help businesses achieve more control, greater flexibility and increased protection of their IT investments.

During the development cycle for Windows Server 2008, HP engineers worked with Microsoft and early adopter customers to make sure that its Business Technology portfolio performed well when tested in a range of scenarios that customers experience, such as the automation of daily management tasks, tightening security, improving efficiency and increasing the availability of business-critical applications.

HP and Microsoft have a longstanding relationship that includes collaborative product engineering and development that equips customers with high-quality and cost-effective solutions.

“HP understands infrastructure selection is critical to the success of IT applications and the business processes that depend on it,” said Scott Farrand, vice president, Industry Standard Server Software, HP. “HP has actively engaged with Microsoft for more than three years to ensure that customers can rely on HP technology and Windows Server 2008 to build the IT infrastructure behind a more efficient and successful business.”

HP will support the latest Microsoft products through interoperability with its hardware and software offerings – including HP Integrity, HP ProLiant and HP BladeSystem servers, HP StorageWorks products and HP Software – that will give customers more visibility and control into their IT environments.

This added functionality, combined with improvements in virtualization, server management and security capabilities, will help customers more efficiently manage their IT operations, leading to reduced costs and improved performance of business-critical systems.

HP Services, as worldwide prime integrator for Microsoft products and technologies, will offer planning, design, implementation and support of the new Microsoft Windows Server 2008 technologies to ensure customers are up and running quickly, saving valuable time and reducing the risk of tackling a global installation. HP Services can integrate the operating system into IT environments as part of its joint solution set with Microsoft, known as HP & Microsoft Solutions for the People-Ready Business.

Additionally, HP Services’ education team, a worldwide Microsoft Gold Certified Partner for Learning Solutions, will offer customized training to prepare customers for Windows Server 2008. Services include classroom training, live online training, self-paced e-learning and a variety of informal learning that improve overall return on investment for Windows Server 2008 by enabling customers to stay up to date while minimizing the time away from core business activities.

“As we launch Windows Server 2008, we recognize HP as a key global partner who our customers can depend on,” said Bob Kelly, corporate vice president, Infrastructure Server Marketing Group, Microsoft Corp. “Together, Microsoft and HP are providing customers high-quality products and an unprecedented opportunity to build their Dynamic IT, leveraging their organizations’ greatest asset – their people.”

Creating a dynamic IT infrastructure with HP and Microsoft Windows Server 2008

HP is building on decades of Windows experience to deliver integration services for even the most complex enterprise needs in key areas, including scalability, consolidation, availability, security, mobility, identity management, operations and infrastructure management, and virtualization. HP Services specialists are currently being trained at HP’s Windows Server 2008 Academies and are helping customers in the Windows Server 2008 Rapid Deployment Program around the world.

HP Software will support Microsoft Windows Server 2008 environments with offerings across its portfolio of Business Technology Optimization (BTO) software. The recently announced Business Service Automation suite will provide automated, consistent and enforceable processes for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 provisioning, patch management and migration.

In addition, HP’s Business Service Management solution will support the management and monitoring of Microsoft Windows Server 2008 environments to mitigate business risk and reduce the potential costs of service downtime.

Infrastructure management solutions, including HP Systems Insight Manager, the Integrated Lights-Out 2 (iLO 2) management processor and Insight Management agents, will also support the operating system at release. As a result, critical features of customers’ ProLiant servers aren’t hindered during OS installation and implementation, and the value of those servers is extended with this added functionality.

In addition, HP Integrity, ProLiant and BladeSystem servers and HP StorageWorks products will provide full support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 at launch. HP Integrity and HP ProLiant are the development platforms for Windows Server 2008, as they were for Windows Server 2003 and Windows 2000 Server.

Other HP technology is being used by Microsoft as a development and testing reference platform, as well as a scalable reference architecture. HP’s early installation of beta releases for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 provided an opportunity for preliminary performance and scalability testing.

One example of how Microsoft Windows Server 2008 works best with HP products to generate real business results is when it is used with the HP Enterprise Virtual Array Dynamic Capacity Management (DCM) software. DCM is a flexible provisioning solution for the HP Enterprise Virtual Array that enables storage administrators to automatically adjust storage capacity to an applications needs.

When using DCM with Microsoft Windows Server 2008, capacity can be automatically reclaimed for use by other applications. The result is reduced storage administration, optimized capacity, and improved disk utilization

More information about HP’s support for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 is available at www.hp.com/go/ws2008, including access to drivers and white papers that provide support and guidance for early adopter customers. New white papers focusing on HP’s best practices for Microsoft Windows Server 2008 are expected to be available in February 2008.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at www.hp.com.

 


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