Press Release:

HP Extends NAS Portfolio with Entry-Level Solution

HP Delivers Enterprise Class Network Attached File Serving at an Entry Level Cost for Small/Medium Businesses and Remote Offices with Windows-Powered HP StorageWorks NAS 1000s
MICROSOFT TECHED, DALLAS, JUNE 2, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today expanded its StorageWorks network attached storage (NAS) portfolio with the introduction of the HP StorageWorks NAS 1000s solution for enterprise remote offices and small-to-medium-sized businesses (SMBs). This offering delivers enterprise-class network storage functionality at entry-level pricing to provide customers with a low-cost answer to their file serving needs.

HP also finalized the North American leg of an international road show to launch the HP StorageWorks NAS b3000 solution. This enables customers to consolidate their Microsoft® Exchange server environment by fusing storage area network (SAN) and NAS into a single, easily managed storage pool.

HP's line of Windows® Powered NAS solutions, including the HP StorageWorks NAS 1000s, delivers a key building block of HP's ENSAextended strategy providing controllable, resilient and extensible storage solutions to enable the Adaptive Enterprise. The NAS 1000s is a turnkey, multi-protocol file-serving solution that enables departments, remote offices and SMBs to manage and grow their business without storage limitations.

"With the StorageWorks NAS 1000s, HP now offers the broadest line of integrated, interoperable NAS solutions that meet the needs of the smallest businesses to large data centers," said Mark Nagaitis, director, product marketing, HP Network Storage Solutions. "HP's deep experience and market leadership in file serving, coupled with two decades of partnership with Microsoft, uniquely qualifies HP to meet a broad range of customers' business needs."

The StorageWorks NAS 1000s is ideal for the diverse requirements of the entry-level market, offering the flexibility of multi-protocol file support and remote storage management for workgroups, small business and enterprise remote locations. The StorageWorks NAS 1000s includes integrated software designed to support a multi-protocol environment, snapshot capability, replication and volume expansion. Cost effective support from HP Global Services helps ensure continuous availability, a critical requirement for enterprise remote office deployments involving many StorageWorks NAS 1000s solutions replicating to a single NAS head at a central office.

"HP and Microsoft have made significant investments to improve the management and reliability of storage systems in a Windows environment," said Zane Adam, director of product management and marketing, Microsoft Enterprise Storage Group. "The HP StorageWorks NAS 1000s and StorageWorks NAS b3000 are shining examples of enterprise class storage solutions being delivered at affordable prices on the Windows platform. This productive relationship with HP will continue to drive customer return on investment with end-to-end storage solutions that scale, are easier to manage and deliver higher service."

HP recently introduced the StorageWorks NAS b3000 solution in a two-month, 10-city Windows Powered NAS road show with Microsoft, which concluded in North America on May 29th. The road show educated more than 1000 attendees on the benefits and applications of HP StorageWorks NAS. The HP StorageWorks NAS b3000 increases the efficiencies of consolidating a Microsoft Exchange 2000 environment on a SAN by adding HP StorageWorks NAS to enable file-level access for clients as well as file consolidation. HP and Microsoft have also commenced an eight-city European road show organized by leading IT analyst firm, IDC Research.

Endorsed and recommended by Microsoft, the solution allows high-performance application services to directly access their data from the same storage pool that the NAS device is using for file data. This results in more efficient use of storage resources and greater return on IT investment. The HP StorageWorks NAS b3000 solution guides customers through configuration, sizing, deployment and best practices, demonstrating that Windows Powered NAS fused with a SAN-based Exchange 2000 infrastructure operates in an integrated environment.

The StorageWorks NAS 1000s and b3000 will be available worldwide from HP directly and through HP's extensive partner network. "Our partner network is a competitive advantage that helps us deliver storage solutions to growing businesses, so customers get more value from HP," said Robyn West, vice president of Small & Medium Business, HP. "Many of our partners already have relationships with small and medium size businesses and will use our new entry-level products to pursue new business opportunities and retain existing customers."

HP StorageWorks products and solutions will be showcased in the HP booth #300 at TechEd in Dallas, including a demonstration of NAS/SAN fusion with Microsoft Exchange 2000. The solution has been selected as a finalist in the Networking/Infrastructure category for the Tech Ed Best of Show Awards conducted by Windows & .NET Magazine. The demonstration will show first hand, how NAS/SAN fusion integrates NAS and SAN infrastructures into a seamless, consolidated IT environment for increased efficiency and productivity. The solution will also be profiled at SNW Europe the same week.

The MFSR price for the NAS1000s 320GB is US$2,999(1), US$4,999(1) for the 640GB and US$6,999(1) for the 1TB model.

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