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HP Expands e3000 Server Family with High Performance A- and N-class Servers

Built-in Data Management Software and MPE/iX Release 7.0 Ideal for Internet and e-Commerce Applications

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) today introduced the HP e3000 A- and N-class servers, which deliver up to 65 percent more performance(1) than previous HP e3000 servers. These servers, combined with the power of the MPE/iX Release 7.0 operating system, offer customers a fast, highly scalable platform for applications such as supply chain management, mail order, managed health care and education.

"The A- and N-class servers are truly a response to our customers requests," said Winston Prather, general manager, HP Commercial Systems Division. "Customers still want the security, affordability and scalability they have been enjoying from the HP e3000 product line, but they also want to take advantage of new technologies such as faster processors, e-commerce tools and software applications."

High Performance Servers

A-class

The HP e3000 A-class server is an entry-level Web-enabled data management solution that is small, fast and inexpensive. It offers up to 65 percent more performance than previous entry-level e3000 servers and is available with 110 or 140 MHz, up to 2-way multi-processing and supports up to 8 GB of memory.

N-class

The HP e3000 N-class server is a fast, affordable, mid-range and high-end system with up to 35 percent more power(1) than its highest performing predecessor -- the 12-way 997 server. It offers 220, 330, 440 and 550 MHz processors, up to 4-way multi-processing and supports up to 16 GB of memory. The HP e3000 N-class server is one of the most cost-effective alternatives to consolidate several older servers into one.

Both the HP e3000 A- and N-class servers are excellent candidates for replacing aging HP e3000 servers that will soon be exiting their support life -- for example the HP e3000 series 9x7 servers which will exit support in April 2002. By consolidating a number of older servers into a new HP e3000 A- or N-class server, customers may find that the reductions in their cost of support can fund a substantial portion of the new server's purchase price.

The HP e3000 A- and N-class servers use a state-of-the-art bus structure designed to support several Precision Architecture RISC (PA-RISC) processors today and generations of higher frequency processors into the future. When a customer needs that future burst of growth, it's easy to add more or faster processors, more I/O and even more memory. These reliability, performance and scalability features, along with high availability and proactive support, help assure that the HP e3000 solution offers 24x7 uptime from any time zone in the world.

Both the HP e3000 A- and N-class servers feature built-in Image/SQL database management software to ensure data security without an expensive third-party database. The Image/SQL database provides industry-standard SQL interfaces as well as an online transaction management system that is tuned to the strength and scalability of MPE/iX.

Enhanced Operating System and Webwise Internet Suite

The HP e3000 A- and N-class servers come bundled with MPE/iX Release 7.0, long known for being a very reliable and stable operating system optimized for e-commerce applications. Later this year, HP plans to offer MPE/iX Release 7.0 Express 1, which will offer benefits for customers with high-end applications.

"A major benefit of this HP e3000 and MPE/iX solution is the customer's ability to easily migrate legacy data from older stand-alone platforms to new Web-based environments including wireless networks," said Prather. "Other stand-out benefits of the MPE/iX Release 7.0 are unlimited user licenses and the Image/SQL database, which is bundled with each system."

MPE/iX 7.0 and the HP Webwise MPE/iX secure Web server running on the A- and N-class servers deliver seamless Internet connectivity and interoperability with UNIX®, Microsoft® Windows NT® and other major Internet and intranet platforms. Complementing the servers and operating system, the HP Webwise Internet suite now includes the Lutris® Enhydra(TM) 3.5 Java(TM)/XML open source application server to be sold and supported by Lutris Technologies.

Partner and Customer Experiences

StairMaster, a leading manufacturer of fitness equipment, tested the HP e3000 A-class server. "We are very impressed that HP's latest low-end system can replace what used to be considered a mid-range box," said Bob Rah, StairMaster's IT manager. "HP's long tradition of forward compatibility is a primary reason StairMaster has been so loyal to the HP e3000 for so many years."

Cognos Inc., a vendor of enterprise business intelligence solutions, tested the HP e3000 N-class. "We were very impressed with the speed of the HP e3000 N-class," said Conrad Whittall, Marketing Manager of Application Development Tools for Cognos Inc. "In over 6,000 tests with our PowerHouse software on the N-class we did not encounter any problems at all. We have seen performance improvements of an order of magnitude over our current HP e3000 Series 9x9KS Servers."

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The HP e3000 A- and N-class servers are available immediately with estimated U.S. street prices (including server, memory, MPE/iX operating system, Image/SQL database and an unlimited user license) beginning at $15,900(2) for A-class servers and $69,900(2) for N-class servers.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.

HP has 88,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at www.hp.com.


(1) HP e3000 A- and N-class Server Product Briefs, February 2001.

(2) Actual prices may vary.

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