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HP Posts World-record Benchmark Results for Secure, Encrypted Internet Transactions

Record Performance Extends Across PA-RISC and Itanium 2 Processor Servers
PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 9, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) topped its competition with world-record benchmarks by its midrange and entry-level servers running the industry-leading HP-UX 11i operating environment(1) on high-performance PA-RISC and Intel® Itanium® 2 processors. HP's 4-, 8- and 16-processor servers demonstrated superior performance and scalability on the SPECweb99_SSL benchmark, which is widely accepted as a meaningful measure of a server's ability to effectively handle secure, encrypted Internet transactions.

Supporting its 5-year market share leadership in the midrange UNIX® market,(2) the 16-processor HP Server rp8400 achieved a world-record result of 4,400 simultaneous connections for the SPECweb99_SSL benchmark.(3) This is 22 percent higher than IBM's result, which used the same number of its latest Power4 processors. Additionally, the HP Server rp7410 achieved the leading 8-processor SPECweb99_SSL result at 2,325 simultaneous connections -- more than 30 percent better than the nearest competitor's result.(3)

These new benchmark results reinforce HP's position as the provider of the most secure UNIX operating environment for directory and security services as rated by the D.H. Brown 2002 UNIX Function Review.(1)

HP also demonstrated the strong performance of its Itanium 2-based servers with the fastest result for a 4-processor system on the SPECweb99_SSL benchmark.(3)HP's newest Itanium 2-based server, the HP Server rx5670, achieved a result of 1,520 simultaneous connections, adding to a growing list of leading benchmarks for HP servers.

HP's consistently strong results span a broad range of workload types and benefit customers through improved real-world performance.

More information about HP servers is available at http://www.hp.com/go/unixservers".

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(1) D.H. Brown Associates, 2002 UNIX Function Review, published May 30, 2002. The review evaluated the industry's leading UNIX operating systems as of Dec. 31, 2001.

(2) IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, Q2CY2002, published Aug. 30, 2002. IDC uses price ranges to differentiate servers into entry-level (up to $100,000), midrange ($100,000-$1 million) and high-end ($1 million and above).

(3) Competitive numbers shown reflect results published on http://www.spec.org/ as of Sept. 6, 2002.


HP-UX Release 10.20 and later and HP-UX Release 11.00 and later (in both 32- and 64-bit configurations) on all HP 9000 computers are Open Group UNIX 95 branded products.

UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group.

Intel and Itanium are registered trademarks of Intel Corp. or its subsidiaries in the United States and other countries.

SPEC and the benchmark name SPECweb are registered trademarks of the Standard Performance Evaluation Corporation.


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