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Sybase and HP Strengthen Alliance to Provide Customers with High-performance, Cost-effective Data Management Solution

Companies Announce Plans for Sybase ASE to run on HP-UX and Red Hat Linux operating systems powered by HP's Itanium 2 — based servers
DUBLIN, Calif. and PALO ALTO, Calif. - December 16, 2002

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Sybase, Inc. and HP expand existing relationship, offering customers more choice for deploying Sybase's enterprise-class, relational database management system, Adaptive Server® Enterprise (ASE) on HP servers.

  • Sybase to provide Sybase® ASE running HP-UX and Red Hat Linux operating systems powered by HP's Itanium®2-based servers
  • The solution will provide customers with a high-performance, cost-effective data management solution
  • Sybase continues its commitment to providing multi-platform, cost-effective solutions

Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), a leading enterprise infrastructure and integration company, and HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced an expansion to their strategic alliance that will provide customers with greater choice for implementing a high-performance, cost-effective data management solution. The companies plan to provide customers with a total solution comprising Sybase's enterprise-class, relational database management system (RDBMS), Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), running on HP-UX and Red Hat Linux operating systems powered by HP's Itanium 2-based servers. The companies also announced plans for Sybase ASE to be available on HP's forthcoming EV7 processor-based AlphaServer systems, providing new options for HP Tru64 UNIX® customers for extending current installations or powering new solutions.

"Sybase is committed to providing our customers multi-platform, cost-effective solutions and our extended relationship with HP demonstrates that commitment," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager, Sybase Enterprise Solutions Division. "ASE running on HP-UX and Linux operating systems and powered by HP's Itanium 2-based servers will provide the same high performance, low total cost of ownership RDBMS that our customers benefit from today."

"All enterprise customers are always looking for ways to minimize technology costs and companies delivering solutions that balance price and performance are obvious choices," said Tom Kucharvy, Summit Strategies. "64-bit architectures optimize data integrity and server performance and Sybase ASE on HP-UX and powered by HP's Itanium 2-based servers will offer many customers the high-performance, cost-effective data management solution they are looking for."

"Customers want solutions that run well on high-performing, scalable and reliable hardware platforms, while also lowering costs," said Nigel Ball, vice president and general manager, HP Enterprise Solutions Partners. "HP and Sybase have a long-standing relationship based on delivering solutions for customers' most demanding business requirements. As the leader in UNIX servers, we value Sybase's commitment to our family of servers and know that customers will be pleased with the addition of Sybase ASE on HP-UX and Linux for our Itanium 2-based servers."

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 merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

About Sybase, Inc.

Sybase pioneers software that integrates platforms, databases and applications. Sybase solutions create Information Liquidity - transforming data into economic value. With Sybase, companies can attain maximum value from their data assets by getting the right information to the right people at the right time. For more information, visit the Sybase Web site: http://www.sybase.com.


Sybase and Adaptive Server Enterprise are registered trademarks of Sybase, Inc. or its subsidiaries. Unix is a registered trademark of the Open Group.


Special Note: Statements concerning Sybase's plans (i) to offer Sybase ASE running HP-UX and Red Hat Linux operating systems powered by HP's Itanium 2-based servers and (ii) for Sybase ASE to be available on HP's forthcoming EV7 processor-based AlphaServer systems are by nature forward-looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties and risks and cannot be guaranteed. The words "anticipate," "believe," "estimate," "expect," "intend," "plan to", "will" and similar expressions relating to Sybase and its management may identify forward-looking statements. Such statements are intended to reflect Sybase's current views with respect to future events and may ultimately prove to be incorrect or false. Factors that could cause actual events or results to differ materially include shifts in customer demand, rapid technology changes, competitive factors and unanticipated delays in scheduled product availability. These and other risks are detailed from time to time in Sybase's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (copies of which can be viewed on Sybase's Web site).

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 July 31, 2002 and reports filed subsequent to HP's annual report on Form 10-K, as amended on January 30, 2002, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2001. 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 and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.


About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at http://www.hp.com.