Press Release:

New Balance Runs with HP ProLiant Blade Servers

HP Blades Save Leading Shoe Company Time, Money and Resources to Enable Better Return on IT Investment
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 28, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. has implemented HP ProLiant BL20p servers to achieve greater ease of management, deployment and efficiency in its data center. New Balance turned to HP blade servers and technology solutions to meet its needs for a better return on its information technology investment.

"The HP ProLiant blade servers provide an effective, affordable way to offer redundancy, fault tolerance and high service levels for our applications," said Pierre Baudet, business systems manager, New Balance. "I have full faith in HP's ability to meet and exceed our rigorous requirements -- we have not had the same experience with similar offerings from Dell or IBM."

Using the ProLiant BL20p servers with the Windows® 2000 operating system, New Balance runs several applications including Microsoft® SQL Server and Internet Information Services. New Balance also uses the HP blade servers to schedule backup functions of servers such as imaging and re-imaging, in addition to gaining a more efficient use of central processing units, input/output and space resources.

"HP ProLiant blade servers are part of an adaptive infrastructure for New Balance, enabling their ongoing innovation," said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general manager, HP Industry Standard Servers. "They have seen immediate benefits from their implementation of HP blade servers, and their infrastructure is positioned for flexible growth with the next generations of p-Class blade servers."

New Balance uses HP ProLiant Essentials, HP Insight Manager and HP OpenView software to manage the ProLiant BL20p blade servers. HP ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack software has enabled the company to dramatically decrease its server deployment time from two and a half hours to 15 minutes. New Balance's server requirements have grown but the staff deploying and managing servers has not.

"We used to deploy two or three servers per month. Now we may deploy two or three servers in a week but with the same number of IT staff," said Baudet. "We are absolutely thrilled to have ProLiant blade servers and software."

The HP platform enables New Balance to run both two- and four-processor HP ProLiant BL servers using the same infrastructure and power currently installed. Future generations of HP ProLiant p-Class blade servers are being designed to leverage the same power, enclosure and interconnect products currently installed at New Balance, providing critical investment protection.

New Balance's data center also includes HP ProLiant DL360 and DL580 servers, in addition to an HP StorageWorks Disk Array xp128.

Additional information about the HP ProLiant server family is available at http://www.hp.com/products/servers/platforms.

About New Balance

New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc., headquartered in Boston, Mass., is a leading manufacturer of technologically innovative width-sized footwear and athletic apparel for women, men and children. The range of product categories includes running, walking, cross training, basketball, tennis, adventure sports and kids. Work and hiking boots, sandals, boat shoes and rugged casuals are also available through the company's Dunham Bootmakers division. Dunham joined the New Balance family in Fall 1998. New Balance Athletic Shoe, Inc. employs more than 2,400 people around the globe and in 2001 reported worldwide sales of $1.16 billion. For more information please visit http://www.newbalance.com.

About HP

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