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HP Reduces Cost and Complexity in Dense Server Environments with New ProLiant Servers

Server Technology Provides Increased Manageability and Reliability in Smaller Design
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 2, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced its latest industry-standard ProLiant servers, which combine remote management and intelligent fault resilience technologies to increase server reliability and help customers rapidly respond to changing business conditions. Using these technologies, the new HP ProLiant DL320 and DL360 servers and the updated ProLiant DL580 server provide high performance at prices that help customers maximize the return on their IT investments.

A pioneer of rack-optimized servers, HP designed these systems specifically for dense server environments by including lights-out technology for reduced reactive support time, fault resilient technologies for reduced downtime, and balanced performance architectures to handle greater transaction workloads for various applications.

"As budgetary pressures continue to force increased scrutiny of capital expenditures, customers need reliable and efficient solutions that provide tangible returns on their IT investments," said James Mouton, vice president, Platforms, HP Industry Standard Servers. "HP's history of innovation and leadership in the dense server market has primed us to continue to deliver vital technologies that enable customers to quickly and easily adapt their infrastructures to meet their changing business needs."

New Technologies for Adaptive Infrastructures

Architected for the demanding needs of enterprise data centers, these new servers are designed for lights-out and continuous operations environments. The DL360 and DL580 offer fault resilience including HP's Advanced Memory Protection technology. In addition, the DL580 is the industry's first density-optimized server to demonstrate support of hot pluggable mirrored memory, which lets customers replace memory without downtime.

With HP's lights-out technology, customers can achieve automated and intelligent management, a key element of adaptive infrastructures because it provides customers immediate insight and control of their IT environments. HP provides customers a choice to purchase lights-out technologies either integrated into the ProLiant DL360 and DL580 or as an optional upgrade to the ProLiant DL320 with the Remote Lights-out (RILOE) PCI expansion card.

HP's remote technology integrates with the company's ProLiant Essentials software, such as the HP Rapid Deployment Pack, providing corporate data centers with increased flexibility and higher availability. This enables customers to:

  • Reduce reactive support time by more than 50 percent, with a comparable reduction in server down time;
  • Eliminate travel expenses to and from sites that would otherwise require on-site management; and
  • More efficiently manage staff resources through automated server provisioning and proactive server maintenance.

HP ProLiant Server Sets Performance Leadership

Designed for the data center, the HP ProLiant DL580 server, now with the latest Intel® Xeon MP processor, combines outstanding levels of four-way server performance, integrated management and fault resilience, delivering up to a 26 percent performance increase for data base and enterprise applications, according to internal tests.

Providing more intelligent fault resilience per unit than ever before, the HP ProLiant DL360 server offers essential availability features and concentrated 1U compute power for space-constrained data centers. The ProLiant DL360, with 2.4- and 2.8-GHz Intel Xeon processors, 533-MHz system bus, 266-MHz DDR memory and PCI-X technology, enables customers to handle greater transaction workloads, such as Web hosting, infrastructure applications and terminal services. The ProLiant DL360 also now features an optional hot-plug redundant power supply to meet the demanding availability requirements of corporate data centers, bringing redundant power directly into the 1U design.

Ideal for both data centers and service providers, the HP ProLiant DL320 server is a cost-effective 1U, one-way server that can support single-function and front-end applications and can easily be deployed and managed in large numbers in a variety of racking environments. The ProLiant DL320 includes enhanced flexibility features such as a PCI expansion slot, redundant ROM and increased manageability capabilities with an optional RILOE II management card. The ProLiant DL320 server now supports the Intel 2.26-GHz Pentium® 4 processor.

Recognizing the importance management plays in reducing the cost and complexity of rack server environments, HP -- the worldwide leader in servers -- continues to invest in the development and delivery of management solutions, including Insight Manager, ProLiant Essentials software and HP OpenView service management software. Integrating these technologies into its servers enables HP customers to more efficiently manage heterogeneous infrastructure resources in their enterprises and to experience significant gains in productivity and cost savings with their current and future assets.

The HP ProLiant DL580 server is available now for $7,199. The HP ProLiant DL360 and DL320 servers are expected to be available in mid-December starting at $2,599 and $1,449, respectively.(1) Additional information about these products is available at http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/new.html

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.


(1) Estimated U.S. street prices. Actual prices may vary.

Intel and Pentium are U.S. registered trademarks of Intel Corp.


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