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HP Announces Enhanced Microsoft Windows Certification Status for HP OpenView Software

Software's Prestigious "Certified for Windows" Status for Data Centers Achieved Through VeriTest

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that its HP OpenView software has earned Microsoft's prestigious "Certified for Windows®" designation at the data center level. The certification was achieved through VeriTest, the testing division of Lionbridge Technologies, Inc. and an exclusive provider of independent testing for Microsoft's Windows program.

With this latest validation, HP OpenView software customers can continue to expect increased reliability, supportability and availability. In June 2001, an earlier version of HP OpenView for Windows was certified on Windows 2000 at the standard server level. With HP OpenView Operations 7.0 for Windows, HP has demonstrated its lasting commitment to the highest measure of technical standards by meeting Microsoft's rigorous data center server requirements, including 24x7 support and 32-processor scalability.

HP OpenView Operations for Windows, a market-leading operations management solution, provides a centralized point of direction for the enterprise and provides close and efficient control of events happening across all systems and business applications. The solution filters, correlates, processes and responds to thousands of daily events in the business services market across network devices, systems, databases and applications.

"Earning Microsoft's preeminent level of Windows 2000 certification provides our customers with greater confidence in the quality of our HP OpenView Operations for Windows solution," said Jim Grant, general manager, HP OpenView Business Unit. "High reliability and 24x7 support enable our customers to deliver business or infrastructure services that meet or exceed their end-user expectations."

"As a world leader in computing systems, HP continues to demonstrate their commitment to customers by assuring the highest levels of quality and reliability," said Ed Adams, vice president, VeriTest. "Working with HP for testing, certification, content development and localization, we bring the right mix of expertise and in-depth knowledge of Windows platforms to help the HP OpenView offering meet the requirements for Windows 2000 certification. In this way, VeriTest and HP are enhancing customer value and assuring complete compatibility and reliability for customers worldwide."

"Management of the IT environment is a key requirement to be successful in today's dynamic on-line business world. At Microsoft, we're pleased with our continuing partnership with the HP OpenView software team, and with their continued strong support for managing Microsoft environments," said Bob Ellsworth, director, Windows Server Marketing, Microsoft Corp. "HP OpenView Operations 7.0 for Windows continues to provide operations managers with a solid infrastructure management solution. Achieving Certified for Windows Datacenter Server means that HP customers can feel confident in the product's reliability and high availability running on Windows 2000 Datacenter Server."

Certification reports for Windows-based HP OpenView products are available within the VeriTest Catalog of Certified Windows Server Applications at http://www.veritest.com/go.asp?hp1.

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