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ProCurve Networking by HP Positioned in the Challenger Quadrant in Analyst Firm's 2004 Magic Quadrant Report for Global Campus LANs

PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec, 14, 2004

ProCurve Networking by HP today announced that based on evaluations on both ability to execute and completeness of vision, the enterprise networking vendor has been listed in the challenger quadrant in the 2004 Magic Quadrant for Global Campus LANs report prepared by research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.(1)

ProCurve, a participant in the networking sector for more than 25 years, is a supplier of wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions, enabling intelligent network design through the ProCurve Adaptive EDGE Architecture.

Gartner Magic Quadrants measure and compare companies in a specific industry in terms of their ability to execute and the completeness of their vision.

Ability to execute measures how a vendor is performing in the current market. Consideration is given to areas such as service and support, product distribution, investment in the market and financial performance.

Completeness of vision measures a vendor's understanding of the market and their preparedness to meet market requirements into the future. Criteria examined include product scope and direction, technology and architectures and the management of their product portfolios.

"Enterprise customers demand more today from their networks than ever before," said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, ProCurve Networking by HP. "We believe that Gartner has recognized ProCurve's proven ability to meet business needs by making advanced networking technology affordable and driving innovation in the critical areas of network security, mobility and convergence."

According to Gartner, vendors listed in the Challenger's quadrant execute well today, but have a less-defined view of market direction and, therefore, may not be aggressive in their preparation for the future.

A full copy of the Gartner report outlining ProCurve's position in the Global Campus LAN quadrant is available at http://mediaproducts.gartner.com/reprints/hp/123974.html.

About the Gartner Magic Quadrant

The Magic Quadrant is copyrighted December 2004 by Gartner, Inc. and is reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner's analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the "Leaders" quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

About ProCurve Networking by HP

The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP is a supplier of enterprise networking solutions comprising wired and wireless enterprise networking products, services and solutions - including Ethernet switches, routing switches, wireless access points and network-management applications - which allow customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.

More information about ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at http://www.procurve.com.

About HP

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 Oct. 31, 2004, HP revenue totaled $79.9 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.


(1) Source: Gartner, "Global Campus LAN Magic Quadrant 2004", M. Fabbi, December 2004.


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