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Computershare Expands Investment in HP StorageWorks Technology to Strengthen Global Operations and Fuel Growth

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 14, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that Computershare, a global stock registry, has selected HP StorageWorks storage technology to optimize financial operations across 14 countries. As part of the company's high-performance and expandable solution, Computershare also has selected HP AlphaServer systems and HP ProLiant servers.

Computershare fueled its growth with unique financial products and complementary acquisitions since its establishment in 1978 in Melbourne, Australia. The only share registrar/transfer agent operating worldwide, Computershare maintains more than 61 million shareholder accounts and looks after shares valued at trillions of dollars.

"Given the number of accounts we maintain and the sheer number of dollars that depend on our service, we absolutely must keep our data assets secure and always available to those who need it," said Martyn Drake, general manager of Computershare Technology Services in the United Kingdom. "We place our trust in HP StorageWorks systems to make that happen."

Computershare's IT staff balances user activity evenly across all computers so that either site has enough capacity to operate the full business load. The main site is located outside of Bristol, England, and the recovery site is approximately 13 miles away. Both incorporate diversely routed storage area network (SAN) switches to protect against a failure.

"The ability to support multiple heterogeneous platforms with centralized storage is critical," said Gary Paramore, operations manager, Computershare. "When we factor in the expansion, management and disaster tolerance capabilities of our StorageWorks SANs, along with our ability to move technology between computer platforms as needed, Computershare realized an excellent return on our IT investments."

Computershare employees are using their storage infrastructure to support use of the company's share registration application, called SCRIP, to maintain shareholder accounts and manage takeovers, mergers and demutualization. The Computershare IT staff configured the SCRIP application for its production, handover and development environments in multi-site, disaster-tolerant HP OpenVMS clusters.

"Our StorageWorks ESA systems have given us great service for several years," said Paramore. "We're also gaining abundant storage capacity and generous flexibility from our StorageWorks EMA system. The system gives us a high-density solution in a relatively small footprint by housing four pairs of HP StorageWorks HSG80 controllers, 12 disk shelves and 168 universal disk drives."

The company's storage portfolio includes HP StorageWorks Enterprise Modular Array 16000 systems and Enterprise Storage Array 12000 systems configured in fully redundant, dual-site SANs. More information about HP's network storage offerings is available at http://thenew.hp.com/country/us/eng/prodserv/storage.html.

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