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HP Server Outperforms IBM, Sun Systems on Secure Internet Transaction Benchmark

PALO ALTO, Calif. Nov. 6, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that its HP Server rp5405, a recently introduced UNIX® server, outperformed comparable offerings from IBM and Sun on a critical benchmark for companies executing high volumes of secure transactions over the Internet.

The four-processor HP Server rp5405, using Zeus Web Server (1) for HP-UX 11i, achieved an excellent result on the SPECweb99_SSL benchmark of 990 simultaneous connections. This result outperforms IBM's four-processor Power4 result and is nearly twice as fast as Sun's four-processor v480 result (2). The SPECweb99_SSL benchmark measures a server's ability to effectively handle secure encrypted Internet transactions.

Introduced in September, the HP Server rp5405 is one of three server offerings from HP's 05 server series. Designed for departmental and data-center environments, the servers broaden HP's industry-leading UNIX server portfolio and extend the company's ability to meet customers' changing business requirements.

HP's 05 servers offer a range of standardized configurations and are powered by high-performance PA-8700 processors running HP-UX 11i, the No. 1 UNIX operating environment(3). HP's 05 series customers benefit from enterprise-class functionality and optimized system performance, while the reduced startup costs and ease of deployment result in a low total cost of ownership.

"With the focus on the changing business requirements of today's cost-conscious customers, there is increasing demand for servers that deliver extended value to customers without compromising enterprise functionality," said industry analyst Mark Melenovsky, program director, servers and infrastructure hardware, IDC. "HP's 05 series addresses customer demand for smaller increments of enterprise capacity that provide a strong return on investment at an attractive price point."

HP's 05 server series also provides customers scalability and investment protection through in-chassis upgrades to higher-performance PA-RISC processors. Additionally, the HP Servers rp5405 and rp7405 are in-chassis upgradeable to processors based on the Intel® Itanium® architecture.

"HP's 05 server series provides us new business growth opportunities in a highly competitive market space," said Richard Lewis, group sales director, Morse Group, Ltd. "We are a reseller of HP's business-critical HP-UX servers and our customers require maximum functionality, strong performance and reduced total cost of ownership. The 05 server series is an even more affordable solution that provides real value to customers looking to further stretch their IT dollars."

More information about HP's 05 server series is available at http://www.hp.com/go/05series

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) More information about HP's Zeus-based Secure Web Server can be found at http://www.hp.zeus.com

(2) SPECweb99_SSL: HP Server rp5405: 990 conforming simultaneous connections using four PA-8700 650-MHz processors, available Nov. 5, 2002. IBM eServer P630: 986 conforming simultaneous connections using four Power4 1.0-GHz processors, available August 2002. Sun Fire V480: 568 conforming simultaneous connections using four UltraSPARC III 900-MHz processors, available May 2002. Competitive benchmark results stated above reflect results published on http://www.spec.org/ as of Nov. 5, 2002. The comparison is based on all available results as of this date. For the latest SPECweb99_SSL benchmark results, see http://www.spec.org/osg/web99ssl/.

(3) D.H. Brown Associates, 2002 UNIX Function Review, published May 30, 2002. Additional information is available at http://www.dhbrown.com and http://www.dhbrown.com/dhbrown/02UnixFunRev.cfm. VARBusiness Review Annual Report Card: http://www.varbusiness.com/sections/News/breakingnews.asp?ArticleID=37048


UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group. Intel and Itanium are trademarks or registered trademarks of Intel Corporation in the United States and other countries. SPECweb99_SSL is Copyright 1995-2002 the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp. All rights reserved. Copying of SPEC material is by permission of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation. SPEC and SPECweb are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corp.


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