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Network & Service Providers Enhance IT Networks with HP Integrity Server Platforms Based on Intel Itanium 2 Processor

BARCELONA, Spain, Intel Developer Forum, April 20, 2004

HP today announced that a growing number of global telecommunications companies are adopting HP Integrity servers for a wide variety of enterprise information technology solutions. Companies deploying HP Integrity platforms, which are based on Intel® Itanium® 2 processors, include China Telecom, Cogeco Cable Canada Inc., Korea Telecom, SK Telecom, T-Systems, Telecom Italia and Telefonica de Espana.

Many companies also are tapping the specialized expertise of HP Solution Centers worldwide, where they can test and validate HP solutions in advance of deployment, thereby reducing risk, increasing solution quality and accelerating their time to market.

HP's growing presence in service providers' IT infrastructures complements its parallel presence in their telephony networks, both fixed and wireless. Many of HP's extensive array of telephony solutions run on HP carrier-grade servers based on Itanium and other Intel-based processor technology. HP holds a unique position in the service provider industry as a partner in both the core of the network and the IT infrastructures that surround and support the business lifecycle.

For telephony networks, the HP Integrity cx2600 carrier-grade server, announced in October 2003, was the first 64-bit Itanium platform specific to the telecom industry. With Itanium 2 processors and Linux or HP-UX operating systems, the cx2600 enables service providers to deploy fewer servers that handle more voice and data traffic - and improve price-performance over existing proprietary systems.

For IT requirements, telecommunications companies, like all companies, are evolving their infrastructures to be more standards-based, more modular and, ultimately, more flexible. HP, with its high-performance, industry-standard Integrity server, is helping these companies to build the lower cost, more flexible IT infrastructures they need to increase productivity, improve return on investment and adapt quickly in a rapidly changing market.

Telefonica de Espana leverages HP Integrity servers to consolidate and reduce costs

"By consolidating multiple TeleSAP and GEICO environments with a single HP Integrity Superdome server, we expect to eliminate 'silos' of information, reduce IT costs considerably, and enhance the performance of our infrastructure by 50 percent," said Horacio Perez Perdigo, managing director of Organization and Information Systems, Telefonica de Espana. "For the same outlay we make on maintenance now, we can have a strong infrastructure that will place us at the cutting edge of technology worldwide."

Cogeco bolsters business expansion with HP Integrity rx5670 servers

"In an effort to maximize business continuity and reliability in support of our expanding business, the Internet Services Group at Cogeco migrated from a PA-RISC system to HP Integrity servers by conducting an inbox upgrade with the latest HP Itanium processors," said Chris MacFarlane, vice president engineering, IP and Transport, Cogeco Cable Canada Inc. "The Integrity servers deliver optimal performance at a competitive price point so we can produce stellar results on our web and customer front-end applications. Today, our data center has 15 HP rx5670 Itanium-based servers that support the complete user base with the migration of all Quebec customers happening this summer."

Korea Telecom uses HP servers for database management in Microsoft .NET platform

Korea Telecom, a leading Korean telecommunications firm, recently migrated from a RISC-based platform to 45 industry-standard Itanium 2-based HP Integrity Superdome and HP ProLiant servers to manage the largest Microsoft® .NET environment in Korea.

In order to enhance customer service and save tens of billions of dollars each year, the new standards-based HP servers will power database management for Korea Telecom's New & Next Generation Operations Support System (NeOSS,) the company's mission-critical service deployment and support infrastructure.

The NeOSS has been deployed at Korea Telecom on HP servers to enhance order tracking, pre-ordering and one-stop error processing, improving customer service and providing a fast return on investment.

"The basic concept of NeOSS is integration, and with the building of NeOSS, KT can successfully incorporate services," said Seong-Jin Lee, director, Korea Telecom NeOSS Operation Center. "In terms of performance and cost, the industry's only 64-way Integrity Superdome server provided by HP was the best solution for building a simplified, integrated, modualarized, standardized, flexible and innovative system."

Korea Telecom deployed an HP Integrity Superdome-based database server cluster and consolidated the servers by using a four-partition server system. As components of the Adaptive Enterprise strategy to dynamically link business processes and IT, HP Integrity Superdome servers and HP ProLiant servers support existing networks and business management systems, provide virtual integration capabilities, wireless Internet and multimedia streaming services, and foster business continuity planning to manage Korea Telecom's large and complex databases.

T-Systems uses HP Integrity servers for stability and low rate of downtime

"One of the primary challenges in telecommunications today is constant change. To adapt quickly, it is absolutely critical that we have a comprehensive, standard hardware foundation for our SAP APO (Advanced Planner and Optimizer) system, together with a single IT partner," said Thomas Schneider from the SAP Competence Center CSU3 of T-Systems. "We already use three HP Superdome servers for our decentralized core system, and we recently purchased a fourth. The HP systems deliver a high degree of stability and low rate of downtime. They also let us run multiple operating systems on the same server, resulting in the ability to meet future needs and give T-Systems and its customers faster return on investment."

HP helps network and service providers evolve telephony networks

HP focuses more than 25 years of telecommunications expertise into a powerful, integrated team that provides network and service provider solutions. Along with nearly 500 solutions partners, HP helps the world's top 200 service and equipment providers meet the voice and data needs of hundreds of millions of wireline and wireless subscribers.

Including its HP OpenCall and HP OpenView software products, HP offers solutions, technologies and services telecommunications capabilities arrayed across network infrastructure, network services, operations and business support, mobile and rich media solutions, and end-user access to lead change in the network and service provider industry.

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