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HP Advances Server Performance and Density with Two New ProLiant Servers

Innovative "Hot-Add" Memory Reduces Management Requirements for Customers; HP Also Makes First-to-market Commitment for Next-generation Intel Processor
PALO ALTO, Calif., Oct. 15, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced two industry-standard ProLiant servers that deliver technologies for an adaptive infrastructure, allowing customers to achieve virtual presence and control, increased levels of memory protection through new "hot-add" memory and a balanced, scalable architecture for optimal performance.

In addition to delivering HP's innovative technologies to customers, HP continues to support today's Intel® Xeon processors and will become the industry's first company to support the next-generation Intel Xeon processor, code-named "Gallatin," as part of HP's ongoing efforts to be first to market with new server technologies.

"The market leadership of HP ProLiant servers -- the industry's most complete portfolio of standards-based servers -- is based on a history of innovation and support of industry standards," said James Mouton, vice president, Platform Division, HP Industry Standard Servers. "With our 'hot-add' memory technology and enhanced management software announced today, combined with our unrivaled partnership with Intel, we are delivering valuable, industry-first servers that provide increased management capabilities and reliability for customers."

New ProLiant Servers Deliver Performance and Density

Offering customers leading performance without compromising availability and manageability, HP introduces the four-processor HP ProLiant ML570 server with hot-add memory capability and engineered to support the next-generation Intel Xeon processor, code-named "Gallatin," and the HP ProLiant DL380, a new density-optimized dual-processor server.

Designed to take advantage of the larger cache next-generation Xeon MP processors, the ProLiant ML570 server provides customers with performance levels up to 80 percent faster than the current generation for database and backend applications. With unmatched expansion flexibility and maximum reliability, the new ProLiant ML570 server is ideally suited for supporting remote sites or data center computing needs.

With the ProLiant ML570 server, HP is providing features that increase business continuity and responsiveness by delivering fault resilience with hot-add memory, a key element of HP's innovative Advanced Memory Protection technology. The ability to hot-add means enterprise customers can add memory on-the-fly and support more users without bringing servers down -- no longer will enterprises and data centers need to schedule downtime just to install more memory.

Hot-add memory is the latest example of technology with mainframe-class capabilities that HP is delivering to customers on Intel processor-based architecture and which is ready for efficient scale-out environments. HP is the first industry-standard server vendor to offer hot-add memory support in collaboration with Microsoft through Windows® .NET Server, the first operating system to support this functionality.

"HP's new hot-add memory is a unique technology, and Windows .NET Server 2003, Enterprise and Datacenter Editions will be the first operating systems to support this capability," said Bob Ellsworth, director for Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft Corp. "The combination of the HP ProLiant ML570 with hot-add memory and Windows .NET Server 2003 will enable customers to dynamically expand their environments without service interruption."

Optimized for a variety of application usages, the new ProLiant DL380 server packs Intel Xeon performance, true lights-out management and enterprise-class uptime in a 2U design. The sleek, rack-optimized server allows customer to maximize floor space and offers leading redundant hot-plug features and performance.

New Technologies for Adaptive Infrastructures

Both new ProLiant servers offer enhanced management capabilities such as HP's lights-out technology. HP also is upgrading the ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack with redesigned SmartStart 6.0 management software, providing an improved server configuration and deployment experience that significantly cuts the deployment time required to get a server up and running and keeps business-critical applications running at the highest levels.

For rapid deployment of multi-server environments, the optional ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack also is available to create an automated, unattended deployment environment for their entire server infrastructure.

The HP ProLiant DL380 server is available now starting at a U.S. Internet list price of $3,399.(1) For pricing and availability for the HP ProLiant ML570 server, please call +1 800 888 9909. More information about the products announced today is available at http://www.compaq.com/products/servers/platforms/new.html.

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HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its merger transaction involving Compaq Computer Corp. on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Actual prices may vary.


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