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Analyst Reports: HP Positioned in Leaders Quadrant for Several Strategic Software Markets

PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 16, 2008

HP today announced it has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant in industry analyst firm Gartner Inc.’s Magic Quadrant reports.(1,2,3)

Gartner positioned HP in the leaders quadrant in the IT Event Correlation and Analysis, the PC Life Cycle Configuration Management and the Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets Magic Quadrant reports.

According to Gartner, “Leaders” are vendors that are performing well today, have a clear vision of market direction and are actively building competencies to sustain their leadership position in the market.

IT Event Correlation and Analysis

HP Operations Center, which is part of the HP Business Service Management solution, was positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis.

HP Operations Center helps IT staff understand how infrastructure and server problems affect the business. It is used by more than 11,000 customers and sold by more than 600 partners globally.

Gartner defines IT event correlation and analysis products as helping “IT operations personnel contend with the deluge of events that come in from the IT infrastructure by eliminating duplicate event signals, filtering events according to operational or business priorities and analyzing events to determine root cause.”(1)

PC Life Cycle Configuration Management

HP Client Automation software, which is part of HP’s Business Service Automation solution, has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant for PC Life Cycle Configuration Management. HP Client Automation software enables automated management of client devices and associated change impacts to server and data center infrastructure.

According to Gartner, “the products in the PC Life Cycle Configuration Management market are used to lower the total cost of managing client systems, to reduce risks they pose to the business for security – malicious software (malware) prevention – and compliance (internal and regulatory guidelines) … In complex or highly scalable environments that are well-managed, automation offers significant cost reduction and efficiency that manual operations cannot accomplish because humans cannot scale.”(2)

Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets

In Gartner’s evaluation of the Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets market, HP has been positioned in the “Leaders” quadrant.(3) According to Gartner, “SOA governance is about ensuring and validating that assets and artifacts within the architecture are operating as expected and maintaining a certain level of quality.”(3)

HP SOA Systinet helps accelerate adoption and mitigate the risk of SOA with a rich set of governance capabilities. As the enterprise SOA “system of record,” it provides a foundation for visibility, trust and control into the SOA environment. With a focus on SOA governance, quality and management, HP Business Technology Optimization for SOA offerings and services help organizations plan, test, deploy, govern and manage SOA initiatives.

“HP is committed to delivering the industry’s best enterprise software to help our customers achieve maximum value from their IT investments,” said Ben Horowitz, vice president and general manager, Business Technology Optimization products, Software, HP. “To be positioned in the leaders quadrant by Gartner in these key markets is a great testament of our relentless focus on customers.”

More information about HP Software offerings is available at www.hp.com/go/software.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $104.3 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended Oct. 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) Gartner, “Magic Quadrant for IT Event Correlation and Analysis, 2007,” by David Williams, Debra Curtis and Will Cappelli, December 2007.

(2) Gartner, “PC Life Cycle Configuration Management Magic Quadrant, 2007,” by Terrence Cosgrove and Ronni Colville, December 2007.

(3) Gartner, “Magic Quadrant For Integrated SOA Governance Technology Sets, 2007,” by Frank Kenney and Darryl Plummer, December 2007.

The Magic Quadrants are copyrighted December 2007 by Gartner Inc. and are reused with permission. The Magic Quadrant is a graphical representation of a marketplace at and for a specific time period. It depicts Gartner’s analysis of how certain vendors measure against criteria for that marketplace, as defined by Gartner. Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in the Magic Quadrant, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors placed in the “Leaders” quadrant. The Magic Quadrant is intended solely as a research tool, and is not meant to be a specific guide to action. Gartner disclaims all warranties, express or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

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