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HP Experiences Strong Customer Demand for New Midrange UNIX Servers

Worldwide Customer Wins Demonstrate HP's Continued Midrange Leadership

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today announced it is experiencing strong demand for its midrange UNIX® servers from enterprise customers. Multiple new wins over the last four months highlight the continued success of HP's midrange UNIX offerings, which deliver functionality typically reserved for high-end UNIX computers. HP is the industry's number one provider of midrange UNIX servers, according to analyst reports.(1)

Anchored by the 16-way HP Server rp8400, HP's midrange UNIX offerings have been adopted by customers spanning a wide range of industries, including financial services, health care, energy, information technology, manufacturing, freight and transportation, retail and telecommunications.

Sales are strong with Global 500 customers such as ChevronTexaco Corp., Toshiba Corp., Siemens Business Services, Deutsche Telekom and BMW, as well as with other key customers such as PeopleSoft, Porsche, LG Communications, Compania General de Electricidad SA, Aspecta Life Insurance, PSS World Medical, Keystone Mercy Health Plan, Home Interiors and Gifts, Supermercados Unimarc SA and The WEG Group, among others.

"High availability, scalability and high performance are the key features critical to running our business. HP's ability to deliver a high-performance server at a cost-effective price makes the rp8400 very compelling," said Brian Finley, chief technology officer, PSS World Medical, Inc.

"The server's in-box upgrade capabilities provide us with the adaptability we need, and the clear path to PA-RISC and IPF technologies ensures flexibility while offering the ultimate investment protection options," said Finley.

"HP has held the leadership position in the midrange UNIX server market ahead of Sun and IBM for the past five years," said Vernon Turner, vice president, Worldwide Commercial Systems and Servers, IDC. "HP's long-standing leadership results from the company's ability to continually deliver highly available, flexible solutions that meet customers' IT infrastructure needs, and the rp7410 and rp8400 servers are great examples of this leadership."

The HP Server rp8400, introduced in September 2001, delivers industry-leading performance and unmatched price/performance.(2) It provides lasting value and unparalleled investment protection for key implementations such as server consolidation, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, computer-aided engineering, customer relationship management and billing.

"The market traction that HP has made with the HP Server rp8400 is a clear indicator of the continued enthusiasm for our industry-leading midrange offerings," said Mark Hudson, director of worldwide marketing, HP Business Systems and Technology Organization. "We're also starting to see solid customer demand for the new HP Server rp7410, which recently began shipping worldwide. HP is now offering the most robust midrange line-up the company has ever had."

HP recently expanded its midrange product portfolio with the introduction of the HP Server rp7410, which brings the high-end features found in the rp8400 into a smaller 8-way server at a lower price. The HP Server rp7410 offers the most comprehensive high-availability feature set in the 8-way space,(3) including partitioning, as well as an easy upgrade path to the HP Server rp8400.

The HP Server rp8400 recently earned top honors at the annual Server I/O Industry Awards, held on Feb. 6 at the conclusion of the Server I/O Conference and Tradeshow. The server was voted Product of the Year for 2001, edging out products from five other finalists in an award showcase for the best new product that became generally available in 2001.

Running HP-UX 11i, HP's robust enterprise UNIX operating system, HP UNIX servers provide the foundation of customers' Internet infrastructure solutions. By combining UNIX servers with adaptable software, high-availability storage solutions and expert services, HP provides customers with complete Internet infrastructure solutions that match their business needs. These solutions are open, flexible and manageable so customers can ensure continual access and increase their capabilities without increasing their overhead.

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 all. HP had total revenue of $45.2 billion in its 2001 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

(1) IDC Quarterly Server Tracker, Q4CY2001, published March 8, 2002.

(2) TPC-C: 140,239.97 tpmC, $16.28/tpmC, availability date Sept. 18. Submitted for review on Sept. 17. See http://www.spec.org for more details.

(3) Fully certified by Uptime Institute for fault-tolerant power compliance. More information can be found at www.upsite.com/TUIpages/tuihome.html.


UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group. 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.


This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to HP's annual report on Form 10-K, as amended on January 30, 2002, for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2001, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP's results could differ materially from HP's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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