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HP Announces Powerful Upgrades to e3000 Server Line

Systems Offer Customers Enhanced Performance, Functionality and Capacity; Transition Programs Ease Migration

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced powerful upgrades to the HP e3000 line of a- and n-class servers, offering customers improved performance, functionality and capacity. Enhancements to the server line include the high-performing PA-8700 processor, the highly functional MPE/iX Release 7.5 operating system and increased capacity with new storage solutions.

To ease migration for customers, HP also announced the availability of a broad range of e3000 server transition tools and services, including no-charge hardware conversion kits for use when migrating a- and n-class servers to the HP-UX operating system and valuable trade-in rebates towards HP-UX servers.

"Today's announcement is solid proof of HP's strong commitment to our loyal e3000 customer base and our plans to deliver on our announced product transition roadmaps," said David Wilde, business manager for HP e3000 servers, HP Enterprise Systems Group. "These enhanced product offerings provide customers with access to key performance improvements while HP and its partners continue to deliver a wide range of transition tools and services."

"We chose the HP e3000 server based on its track record of solid performance and how it interfaces with the HP XP48 drives," said Craig Beaudry, assistant vice president of IT, Travis Credit Union. "As a matter of fact, had HP already made the decision to discontinue the e3000 line at the time we purchased the systems, we most likely would have still made the same choice."

Beaudry continued, "With today's rapidly improving technology you have to upgrade every two to four years to stay ahead of the curve, and with HP making e3000 systems easily modified and upgradeable with complete conversion packages and support, we believe we made a wise investment for our future."

System Upgrades Deliver on Customer Requests

The enhanced HP e3000 server line extends investment protection for customers and lowers their total cost of ownership by improving the overall price/performance ratio with the high-performing PA-8700 processor and by offering an initial purchase savings of up to 17 percent on per processor pricing. The processor upgrade delivers more than double the performance in the server's entry-level range, a 60-100 percent performance increase in the mid-range and more than a 35 percent performance increase on high-end e3000 systems.

The server line further delivers on key customer requests by offering increased functionality and interoperability with the MPE/iX 7.5 operating system. This generation of the system features enhanced software, including: native fibre channel connectivity with the native 2 GB fibre channel adapter I/O card; HP WebWise v.2. Web server product, now bundled with MPE/iX; fully supported and integrated Sendmail for MPE/iX, based on the 8.12.1 Internet open source version from sendmail.org; and improved software security features. High-end functionality is delivered to HP e3000 customers by larger file dataset, doubled user logging limits, increased IMAGE/SQL performance, expanded PLFD table and improved HP predictive support software.

In addition, HP e3000 servers now also come loaded with new storage options, including the HP Surestore Disk Array XP128/XP1024 and HP Virtual Array 7100. Both are supported with the new native fibre channel connectivity with MPE/iX 7.5, eliminating additional costs. In addition, the HP Surestore Disk System 2300 offers expanded SCSI JBOD disk storage capabilities. The HP Surestore Tape Array 5300 enclosure provides a flexible storage solution that holds a variety of tape modules as well as DVD-ROM drives.

Transition Programs Ease Migration

Today's announcement of significant upgrades to the e3000 server line follows HP's roadmap for the five-year discontinuance plan of the servers. HP and its partners will continue to provide e3000 customers a complete range of transition programs and services, including a comprehensive training curriculum, financial support, trade-in rebates and a loaner program.

To help ensure that customers have the time to plan and transition to other HP platforms, HP will continue to sell HP e3000 servers and software until Oct. 31, 2003, and support the products until Dec. 31, 2006.

HP also will offer low-cost upgrades to the PA-8700 processor from the PA-8500 and PA-8600 processors, a no-charge hardware conversion kit for use when migrating a- and n-class servers to the HP-UX operating system and valuable trade-in rebates towards HP-UX servers.

The complete line of enhanced HP e3000 a- and n-class servers are available today.

More information about the HP e3000 products or transition programs is available at http://www.hp.com/go/e3000.

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