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HP Targets Microsoft Exchange Consolidation Market with SAN/NAS Solution

Solution Provides Microsoft-supported Method for File-serving in Storage Environments
PALO ALTO, Calif., April 8, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced a solution that increases the efficiencies of consolidating a Microsoft® Exchange 2000 environment on a storage area network by adding a network attached storage device that enables file-level access and file consolidation.

The solution is based on the HP StorageWorks NAS b3000, which provides the ability to "fuse" SAN and NAS environments into a single, easily managed storage pool. This allows high-performance application services to directly access their data from the same storage pool that the NAS device is using for file data, resulting in more efficient use of storage resources.

Endorsed and recommended by Microsoft, the 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.

By fusing NAS for file-level access and SAN for block-level access, HP further extends its ability to deliver an adaptive infrastructure for storage that can enable customers to more rapidly respond to changes in market conditions or business demands.

"Customers want integrated, tested and supported solutions that lower the cost of storage and improve manageability," said Roger Archibald, vice president and general manager, HP Infrastructure and NAS Division. "Our solution has been jointly developed with Microsoft to assure customers that it will be fully interoperable with Exchange 2000 environments to support IT consolidation initiatives."

"Having listened to customers, HP and Microsoft are building on our expanded relationship by delivering a supported Exchange solution based on SAN/NAS fusion," said Charles Stevens, corporate vice president for the enterprise storage division, Microsoft Corp. "This solution will enable our customers to meet their storage consolidation needs aimed at lowering their total cost of ownership."

Planned to be available as an HP bundled part number in June, the solution is being demonstrated via a 10-city road show sponsored by HP and Microsoft currently underway in North America: http://www.winnetmag.com/roadshows/nas.

HP Solution Provides Turnkey Storage Consolidation

In January, HP and Microsoft announced a strategic initiative to expand the market for HP StorageWorks storage and Microsoft Windows Powered NAS solutions.

The HP StorageWorks NAS b3000 solution is built upon Windows Powered NAS, allowing customers to seamlessly integrate the b3000 with their current Active Directory infrastructure. Additionally, customers can easily take optimal advantage of their existing investments in management tools and backup and restore, replication and anti-virus applications that already exist within their Exchange 2000 environments.

The SAN/NAS fusion solution is described in a technical white paper ( www.microsoft.com/windows/storage/productinformation/whitepapers/nassanfusion.mspx) and deployment blueprint that explains how to provide storage consolidation across both Microsoft Exchange Server and file storage.

The solution expands customer IT consolidation options, as it can be implemented in addition to HP's recently announced StorageWorks DAS-to-SAN Exchange 2000 migration solution that delivers a documented strategy for migrating an entry-to-midrange Exchange 5.5 environment to a SAN-based Exchange 2000 environment. A Microsoft Project Guide and HP Technical and Implementation Blueprints provide technical configuration information and best practices, enabling customers to easily migrate to an HP StorageWorks msa1000-based SAN.

Information on HP StorageWorks NAS offerings is available at http://www.hp.com/storage/infrastructure.

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