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HP Product Roadmaps
One of our most important objectives in planning the merger of HP and Compaq was to develop clear product roadmaps that take advantage of the significant and complementary strengths of both companies. Customers need to know which offerings we will have in which markets. And we wanted to be able to tell them on Day One of the new HP.
We began work on the roadmaps shortly after the merger was announced. We had to make some difficult decisions about which products to keep and which to retire, but the result is the best portfolio of products and solutions in the industry. At the same time, we recognize that customers around the world have made significant investments in HP and Compaq technology. We intend to protect those investments with detailed transition and migration plans.
The purpose of this white paper is to provide a high-level view of the merged company's product roadmaps. Additional detail will be available from each of the business groups. The impact of roadmap decisions for employees and particular sites is still uncertain and will be subject to full consultation with works councils and other employee representatives, where required by local law.
HP will become the master brand for all server products, but we will keep product families representing both companies.
IA-32 Servers: Before the merger, HP and Compaq both had IA-32 server offerings: the Compaq ProLiant(TM) and the HP Netserver (and more recently under the new name of HP Server).
Decision: Moving forward, the ProLiant servers will be HP's IA-32 server offering. They will be named HP ProLiant servers. In the transition to the ProLiant name, we will also transition to the server-attached storage (Smart Array), rack, rack option and power infrastructure, and systems management families used today with ProLiant platforms. The ProLiant Essentials software offerings will also move forward. In addition, the low-end HP Servers tc2210 and tc2100 will continue to be offered but will not be re-branded as HP ProLiant servers. For the growing market for blade servers, we will continue to offer the ProLiant blade server architecture for the data center. We also will offer HP's blade server optimized for the telecommunications market.
As customers transition to ProLiant servers, Netserver customers can continue to use their Toptools console, migrate to Insight Manager 7 or use a combination. More detailed benefits for customers and how-to information on transitioning to the Insight Management Suite will be made available on the HP Web site.
Rationale: Compaq products hold the No. 1 market position in industry-standard servers worldwide, according to the latest IDC market data, and have done so since 1992. The combination of broad customer acceptance, outstanding performance, ease of management and favorable total cost of ownership made the ProLiant name the clear choice as HP's IA-32 server.
Itanium Servers: HP and Compaq are both selling Intel® Itanium(TM) Processor Family servers today, primarily to meet the needs of early adopter customers and developers. Our commitment to the Itanium Processor Family remains very strong, and we continue to see Itanium as the future 64-bit microprocessor.
Decision: The next-generation Itanium Processor Family servers (McKinley-based) will be the previously published HP Server roadmap, augmented by features from the ProLiant IA-64 roadmap. By the release of the third generation Itanium processor (Madison), HP will offer Itanium-based servers from the low end to the high end of our product line, including HP NonStop(TM) Itanium servers.
Our Industry Standard Server and Business Critical System business units will jointly deliver the Itanium-based server family roadmap supporting multiple operating environments in all relevant markets. In addition, HP will, over time, enhance its original plans by including the ProLiant management capabilities into Itanium servers.
Rationale: This decision was based on the expected customer adoption of the Itanium servers. The customers who will initially purchase Itanium servers are the ones who require 64-bit computing. Today, these customers use RISC-based servers. The HP roadmap gives HP a broad range of Itanium-based servers supporting multiple operating systems. It also gives HP PA-RISC customers outstanding investment protection with in-the-box upgrades for 4-way servers and above.
RISC-based Servers: The combination of the HP PA-RISC and the Compaq AlphaServer(TM) families gives HP a strong position in the RISC and UNIX® marketplace. Moving forward, our focus on the Itanium architecture will be balanced with the need to meet our customers' requirements today for high performance, scalability and availability.
Decision: HP will continue with the previously published roadmaps for both PA-RISC and AlphaServer systems. HP will continue development of the PA-8800 and PA-8900 processors, as well as the EV7 and EV79 Alpha processors. The roles of these two families will be quite different. The PA-RISC servers will be targeted at the PA-RISC installed base and all new business opportunities. AlphaServer systems will be focused on the Alpha installed base.
Rationale: We want to reinforce our commitment to our customers by following the roadmaps we had already established. We're leading with PA-RISC for new business opportunities for two reasons: First, the PA-RISC systems will, in most cases, be upgradeable in the box to future Itanium microprocessors. Second, HP-UX is the long-term UNIX for HP.
Fault Tolerant Servers: One of the exciting additions to the HP offering is the fault-tolerant NonStop server family from Compaq, which will now be known as the HP NonStop Server. Since HP did not have a similar offering, the roadmaps decisions are very simple.
Decision: There are no changes to the previous NonStop server roadmap. This includes the two planned MIPS processor upgrades and the transition to Itanium.
Rationale: Customer availability requirements continue to increase. Having a fault-tolerant offering will help HP continue to be the high-availability leader. As a result, continuing with the NonStop server roadmap positions HP to meet the needs of our customers.
UNIX: HP and Compaq both offered UNIX operating systems: HP-UX and Compaq Tru64(TM) UNIX.
Decision: HP-UX will be the long-term UNIX for the new HP. Tru64 UNIX has some very advanced features including clustering and file systems and some of those will be integrated into HP-UX over time.
Rationale: HP-UX has a much larger market share and installed base of customers. It also has much broader ISV support than Tru64 UNIX.
Linux: HP and Compaq both supported the major Linux distributions across platforms to provide customers with the solutions they demand.
Decision: HP will continue to provide customers with Linux solutions on the major distributions and will adopt new distributions based on specific regional customer needs and solution applications.
Rationale: Customers operate in heterogeneous environments and HP needs to provide Linux solutions across platforms and regions on the Linux distribution of choice. Linux, with its distinct features and benefits, is the right choice in particular application environments - especially web and infrastructure services, as well as e-commerce application development, digital content creation and high performance computing.
HP is driving Linux adoption in enterprise and ISP software development environments by creating the tools and technologies that will facilitate development on Linux for easy deployment on Linux or HP-UX systems.
HP is providing manageability, high availability, rapid deployment, and security solutions that customers require in their IT environments running Linux.
HP continues to offer the highest level of services for Linux including migrations services, porting services, consulting, mission critical support, on-site consulting and support, education and training.
HP continues its strong support of the Open Source community.
Linux migration tools for Tru64 customers: HP provides support to customers as they migrate from Tru64 to HP-UX.
In addition to providing a migration path to HP-UX, HP continues to work with the Linux community and partners to make Linux an acceptable option for Tru64 UNIX customers when it becomes enterprise ready.
HP continues to enhance the Affinity Program that focuses on support for heterogeneous environments where Tru64 Unix and Linux systems interoperate and are managed seamlessly. The Affinity Toolkit provides the ability to develop applications on Tru64 Unix and move them to Linux and vice versa.
Application mobility across platforms is provided in the Affinity program. One can develop on Tru64 UNIX and move to Linux for low cost deployment. The Affinity program is all about running the same tools and applications on both Linux and Tru 64UNIX.
HP's goal is to enable end-user customers, developers and vendors to integrate Linux and Tru64 UNIX and the power of HP into their development and deployment environments.
OpenVMS has a large installed base and several unique solution partners. HP is committed to these customers and partners long term. HP also recognizes that many OpenVMS customers also deploy UNIX solutions in their environment. Through the industry's leading UNIX, we will insure that HP-UX is the UNIX operating system of choice for our OpenVMS customers.
Decision: HP will execute the previously announced OpenVMS roadmap, including the port to Itanium.
Rationale: This reinforcement of previously established roadmaps demonstrates HP's commitment to all of our customers and partners.
Both HP and Compaq have very robust storage portfolios, so we are in the enviable position of being able to develop a roadmap based on the best of the best.
Key Overall Decisions: We have made many individual product decisions encompassing products and strategies from both pre-merger companies, and our number one goal is to protect your investments. We are focused on your success. Any products that will be retired from our lineup will have replacements that are comparable or superior in capability, and any transition required will occur over a period of time sufficient for a successful migration to the new solution. We will adopt the Compaq StorageWorks(TM) name (re-named HP StorageWorks) for storage and storage solutions, hp OpenView as the name for storage software, and ENSA (Enterprise Network Storage Architecture) as the name for our architecture going forward.
HP remains committed to offering multiple choices for disk array and storage area network products. We will consolidate and rationalize our array portfolio and focus on creating NAS/SAN convergence.
Key Decisions: For the enterprise, we will offer both StorageWorks XP and StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA). The XP's scalability, availability, and functionality enable storage consolidation for open systems and mainframes via its monolithic architecture, while EVA's modular scaling and virtualization capabilities offer open systems maximum storage efficiency and lower TCO.
In the mid-range, we will continue to offer the StorageWorks VA solutions for HP-UX and open system server environments and StorageWorks MA/EMA modular arrays for ProLiant, AlphaServer systems running Tru64 UNIX and OpenVMS, and open system server environments. If you are a current VA customer, you should continue purchasing VA arrays; if you are a current MA 8000 customer, you should continue purchasing MA arrays; and, if you are purchasing EMA arrays, you should consider the EVA array as an alternative. By mid-2003, we expect to offer a broader set of EVA-based arrays to fulfill more of our customer requirements in the mid-range array market. Over time, the EVA array family will expand into the mid-range to replace the capabilities currently provided by VA and MA. Also, we will continue to offer the StorageWorks MSA1000 for low cost array storage on heterogeneous Intel server environments.
In the area of storage networking, we will consolidate both HP's and Compaq's storage networking offerings into one product line with common firmware and integration. This will enable all new products to support your current SAN environment. In terms of Network Attached Storage (NAS), we will offer the StorageWorks appliance for the entry and business class applications, the HP appliance for the midrange and enterprise applications, and continue to work toward NAS/SAN convergence. Again, existing products will be available for a sufficient amount of time to allow for any transitions that are necessary.
By combining and consolidating both companies' offerings, the new HP will continue to provide customers the most comprehensive line-up of data protection solutions in the industry. We will continue to offer the tape drive technologies that our customers deploy, including DLT, SDLT, AIT and Ultrium. In addition, we will continue to offer optical archival storage solutions to meet customers permanent, long-term storage needs.
Key Decisions: In addition to the tape format offerings, we will continue to offer the StorageWorks line of tape libraries, and are including in them Ultrium and other functionality available in pre-merger HP libraries.
Storage management software is an essential component in simplifying storage management by providing a comprehensive portfolio of offerings that provide more efficient and effective utilization of the entire set of storage resources in the enterprise.
Key Decisions: Our enterprise storage management strategy is centered on adopting the HP OpenView Storage Area Manager suite, while incorporating selected intellectual property from Compaq Storage Resource Management. We will integrate the Compaq management appliance with HP OpenView Storage Node Manager and other HP and Compaq software to provide a common centralized management and application deployment platform. Our existing OpenView Data Protector solutions will expand beyond delivering world-class backup and recovery to delivering on the promise of life cycle data management. To maximize our business continuity offerings, we will continue to invest in and integrate our host- and array-based HA/replication software solutions and other array-based software such as device management.
The combination of the two companies results in the broadest virtualization capabilities in the industry. A key focus area for the new storage organization is to leverage these technologies to provide industry-leading solutions that improve the utilization of storage capacity, reduce application downtime and loss of data and improve storage management efficiencies.
Key Decisions: We will offer a multi-level virtualization strategy and phased implementation plans where we will leverage hp VersaStor technology into all of our virtualization products, blending together the best of HP and Compaq intellectual property. We will continue to invest and offer virtualization at the array level with EVA and VA, and host-based virtualization solutions for Windows environments with OpenView Storage Virtual Replicator. We will continue to ship the hp sv3000, leveraging VersaStor technology, to bring virtualization-enabled storage replication solutions to heterogeneous environments; and, we will drive VersaStor virtualization technology into large-scale, SAN-wide environments.
HP is the 5th largest software provider in the world, behind only Microsoft, IBM, Computer Associates and Oracle. HP will continue to focus and invest in areas where we can achieve and sustain software market leadership. Today, HP is a leading provider of infrastructure management solutions for both enterprise and service provider communities, with a heavy emphasis on management and virtualization.
Voice/Data Infrastructure Management - OpenView
HP will continue to deliver the most scalable, comprehensive suite of service and infrastructure management solutions with a strong focus on voice and data management convergence, business-operations optimization, and the emerging web services management market. Our management hand has been significantly strengthened by the addition of Compaq's TeMIP, the industry-leading solution for telco (voice-network device) management.
Infrastructure Virtualization - The Utility Data Center (UDC)
Telecom Software - Opencall
HP will invest in new signaling middleware, Web services infrastructure (UDDI, directory services, service portals, IP billing), mobile services framework, and partner activities/recruitment in next-generation services. A key aspect will be to expand our partner base for developing and delivering solutions on Opencall middleware, and to enrich our overall service offering. This will be supported by delivering open product API's for third-party development Operating system software.
HP's hardware optimization software
Strategic alliances with the market leaders
We will invest in strategic relationships around the leading application stacks in the industry. We will have a vendor-neutral stack strategy that is agnostic towards both .NET and J2EE.
The new HP is uniquely positioned to play in the application solutions market for companies implementing a mixed software architecture of both Microsoft .NET and J2EE platforms. This describes the majority of larger enterprises, where multi-system heterogeneous environments are the rule rather than the exception.
The new HP will provide the leading-edge personal systems technology that customers have come to expect from both HP and Compaq. We will leverage the complementary brand and product strengths of the two companies to deliver an even better portfolio of end-to-end products, global solutions and integrated services to meet the needs of our customers. Our branding strategy builds on the strong equity in the HP brand across a broad range of technology and the strong equity in the Compaq brand for PCs worldwide.
Business PCs and Notebooks. Decision: Business desktop PCs and notebooks will migrate to the Compaq platform over the next 9-12 months. Both will carry the Compaq name. This will enable HP to leverage Compaq's strong market share and brand recognition in the commercial PC market. The HP Vectra products will be phased out in line with current published roadmaps, but we will continue to offer HP's highly successful e-pc line under the HP brand. The HP Omnibook products will continue to be offered through 2002.
Consumer PCs and Notebooks. Decision: We will continue to offer both the Compaq Presario(TM) and HP Pavilion lines of consumer desktop PCs and notebooks through all existing channels in regions where both brands are strong. In some countries, only one brand will be offered, depending on that country's specific requirements. Our goal is to minimize confusion and maximize choice for our customers.
The two brands will compete, and we will market the unique value proposition for each. Today, for example, Compaq has compelling offerings for home/wireless networking and HP has strength in digital imaging solutions. Maintaining both brands will enable HP to leverage existing brand awareness and preferences and give customers the opportunity to continue to buy the brand and products that best meet their needs. The decision to maintain two consumer brands of desktop PCs and notebooks is driven in part by feedback from our retail partners.
Workstations. Decision: We will incorporate the strength of Compaq's Windows NT workstations to form the industry's broadest, most comprehensive product line. HP will continue to drive 64-bit platform leadership for the most demanding applications with today's PA-RISC and upcoming workstations based on the Intel Itanium Processor Family. HP workstations will provide great value across the industry-leading 32- and 64-bit operations system environments: Windows, Linux and HP-UX.
Smart Handhelds. Decision: The Compaq iPAQ(TM) Pocket PC, re-named the HP iPAQ Pocket PC, will be our smart handheld platform. The best of the current HP Jornada technology will be engineered into the platform. Jornada products will be phased out of the market in 2002. HP will continue to innovate in wireless, mobility and voice technology. HP also will offer the iPAQ Blackberry device for end-to-end wireless e-mail solutions, under the HP brand.
Home and Wireless Networking. Decision: These solutions will be based on current Compaq products and re-branded HP. Our corporate networking solutions will range from wireless mobility solutions and industry-standard wireless LAN to Bluetooth solutions. For home networking, we will offer several choices, from Ethernet to wireless to phone line.
Thin Clients: Decision: HP will continue the Compaq line of thin clients, which will be re-branded HP. This line offers customers lower cost of ownership, improved end-user productivity and unparalleled security.
Decision: HP will continue to deliver the most cost effective networking solutions with the HP Procurve product line of industry-standard Ethernet LAN products.
Rationale: The HP Procurve networking products deliver industry leading value as they meet business customers needs in building interoperable networks that are highly available, secure, easy to manage and affordable. A highly performing network is no longer optional and is a core requirement of an always-on business infrastructure connecting servers, storage and clients in an increasingly connected world.
IMAGING AND PRINTING
HP develops and markets products in a broad range of printing and imaging categories. We lead the market in inkjet printers, all-in-one devices, laser printers, wide-format plotters, scanners, print servers and ink.
For consumers, we offer products from capture devices like digital cameras and scanners to sharing products like photo printers. The Imaging and Printing Group provides the solutions that get people from capture to share in the easiest ways with the highest quality results. For businesses, we make the products that make a difference networkable printers, large format printers and digital presses. We are helping businesses work faster and more efficiently with high-quality results.
HP's imaging and printing business is at a pivotal point in its history. We are defining and building the next chapter of imaging and printing for business customers. During chapter 1, we heard from our customers that HP makes great printers. During the next chapter, we will continue to provide high-quality, highly reliable products, but we will also provide solutions and services that enhance business processes and streamline workflows.
For example, as part of this next chapter of imaging and printing, we will serve the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce. Mobile professionals need fast, easy access to information while away from their desks. Through intelligent appliances, enhanced infrastructure, wireless and "smart space" solutions, HP and its partners can bring information access to mobile professionals.
We are also pushing the boundaries of our business beyond the general office as we introduce powerful digital publishing solutions that link to customer relationship management and other enterprise database systems. In addition, we are introducing new classes of digital multi-function devices and new services and pricing/leasing options to meet customers' business challenges as the worlds of copiers, printers and fax machines collide.
All imaging and printing categories and product lines remain as is, with the following exceptions:
The organizational impact of all of the above roadmap decisions for employees and sites in particular countries is not yet known or decided. Any such impact will be subject to local legal requirements, including in particular required consultation with works councils and other employee representatives.