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HP Investment in Business Continuity and Recovery Centers Around the World Reaches $100 Million

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 8, 2005

HP today announced that it has invested $100 million in business continuity and recovery centers, which includes previous acquisitions and investments in Europe, the Americas and Asia Pacific.

Designed to get customers back up and running in minutes, HP Business Continuity and Recovery Centers are technologically advanced and secured facilities that can help companies proactively maintain, recover or resume their critical business processes following virus attacks, natural disasters or other unforeseen events.

In the Americas, HP began serving customers at a new Business Continuity and Recovery Center in Alpharetta, Ga., in August, and an Office Recovery Center in Anaheim, Calif., that is slated to formally open in October.

In Europe, the investment includes 10 additional centers as a result of acquiring U.K.-based Synstar and the Irish unit of Schlumberger, as well as four new centers HP has opened in Madrid, Spain; Milan, Italy; Nieuwegein, Netherlands and Reading, U.K.

In the Asia Pacific region, HP has enhanced its capability with an additional IT and Workplace Recovery Centre in Singapore that became operationally active last month.

U.S. customers such as Avaya, Herbalife and Summit Information Systems rely on HP to manage business process recovery and continuity in the event of service interruption, to help to meet corporate compliance or to resume operations after a full-scale disaster.

The centers in both Alpharetta and Anaheim already provide business operations with continuity support for Herbalife, a global network marketing company that sells weight management, nutritional supplement and personal care products.

"We're always looking for ways to improve our processes for providing a stable and highly available infrastructure," said Aldo Moreno, chief information officer, Herbalife. "Relying on HP's Business Continuity and Recovery Centers as fully functioning computing environments available whenever we might need them gives us confidence that we can speed our return to normal operations in the event of a disruption so we can focus on our main concern - our customers."

The investments HP has made during the past year support the company's business continuity and availability strategy of managing operational risk by integrating areas of security, availability and business continuity for resilient IT infrastructures.

"The investments HP are making in the areas of business continuity and availability are key in ensuring businesses can cope with the ever-increasing threats that they face," said Steve Mellish, head of Business Continuity for Sainsbury's, one of the leading retailers in the U.K., and chairman of the Business Continuity Institute. "Managing operational risk and ensuring business processes can continue to operate during a service interruption or disaster is key to Sainsbury's and its stakeholders. Sainsbury's aims to deliver an ever-improving quality shopping experience to customers."

HP offers customers an integrated approach to business continuity and availability, starting with comprehensive planning and governance, providing a thorough understanding of a customer's business requirements and current readiness and then planning next steps to achieve a resilient, compliant and high-performance IT operation. Finally, HP translates the customer's business service-level requirements into an operational plan of improvement that combines people, process and technology.

"Managing business continuity and operational risk is a top concern for customers which is driven by increased regulation, higher reliance on IT and the volatile nature of natural and man-made disasters," said Karen Walker, vice president marketing, HP Services. "The investments HP is making in business continuity and availability solutions help us back our customers in this climate as they build Adaptive Enterprises able to synchronize business and IT to capitalize on change."

More information about HP's Business Continuity and Availability solutions is available at http://www.hp.com/go/continuityandavailability.

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