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HP Sees Blade Server Market "Taking Off Like a Rocket"

HP Blade Shipments Reach Milestone: Ramp to More Than 1,800 Units per Month

HP (NYSE: HPQ) today announced it is has reached a milestone in its enterprise blade server product line by becoming the first vendor to surpass 1,800 blades sales per month. Ramping sales to customers since its single processor blades were announced last year, HP maintained its worldwide lead in the market with 54.8 percent market share -- more than 18 percentage points ahead of the nearest competitor -- according to IDC.(1)

"The blade server market is taking off like a rocket and it's only the most agile and innovative vendors that can take advantage of this opportunity," said James Mouton, vice president of enterprise servers, HP Industry Standard Servers. "HP has set the bar high by delivering truly successful blade solutions, with a winning combination of hardware, software management and services.

"Customers want a range of choices from entry-level blade servers to multi-processor performance blades and only HP can provide it today. Customer acceptance of our ProLiant BL server series proves we can grow the market through innovative, customer-focused technologies based on industry standards and partnering."

HP set the pace in the blade market, pioneering the concept of enterprise blade server design for industry standard applications in 2001. HP moved to the second phase of blades in August when it became the first major vendor to bring multi-processor blades to enterprise customers.

Today, HP is the only vendor to deliver comprehensive blade server solutions from ProLiant BL e-Class low-voltage blades to more advanced ProLiant BL p-Class dual- and, currently in development, four-processor performance blades for mid-tier and back-end applications.

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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) IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, September 2002.


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