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HP Helps Midsize Businesses Increase Efficiency and Save Cost with Adaptive Infrastructure

PALO ALTO, Calif., Sept. 15, 2008

HP today announced the HP Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses, which enables businesses with 100 to 999 employees to lower technology costs, increase operational efficiency and reduce unplanned downtime.

The HP Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses is a suite of products and services encompassing servers, storage, management, automation, power and cooling technologies, virtualization, and security. It also utilizes the HP BladeSystem portfolio and Microsoft Windows® Server 2008.

“With this solution, midsize businesses can upgrade their entire technology environment without costly downtime impacting their ability to do business,” said Urs Renggli, director, Small and Midmarket, Technology Solutions Group, HP. “Midsize businesses wrestle with the need for robust and efficient infrastructure. HP specifically engineered this solution to offer midsize customers affordable access to market-leading hardware and software, without the need for specialized staff or long lead times.”

Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses is:

  • Simple: Minimizes the burden on IT administrators. The solution eliminates the need for specialized skills through automated infrastructure deployment and easy administration.

  • Affordable: Reduces the total cost of a technology infrastructure by as much as 31 percent over a conventional infrastructure(1) by lowering acquisition and administration costs. The solution also provides highly efficient use of technology assets, staff and energy resources.

  • Reliable: Reduces unplanned downtime with optimized backup and recovery, improved security for server environment, system management and network access as well as enhanced data encryption.

  • Versatile: Provides flexibility to change as needs evolve with the industry’s broadest set of components customized to midsize needs. Offerings include the HP BladeSystem c-Class portfolio of servers, storage, networking, management software, enclosures, and power and cooling technology.

Designed with environment in mind: Reduces required resources by eliminating multiple physical assets and delivering an energy-efficient design.

The Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses is based on the compact HP BladeSystem c3000 Enclosure. Other key technology components designed for midsize environments include the HP ProLiant BL260c, the industry’s most power-efficient and affordable two-processor (2P) server blade,(2)as well as the HP StorageWorks All-in-One SB600c Storage Blade, which provides file serving (NAS), shared storage array (iSCSI SAN) and data protection functions under a simple management umbrella.

Pricing and availability

The HP Adaptive Infrastructure in a Box for Midsize Businesses starts at approximately $18,000 for a core infrastructure with up to 300 users and is available through certified HP resellers.(3)Training and tools are provided to help channel partners offer quick and effective installation. Competitive leasing and financing options are available from HP Financial Services.

About HP

HP, the world’s largest technology company, provides printing and personal computing products and IT services, software and solutions that simplify the technology experience for consumers and businesses. HP completed its acquisition of EDS on Aug. 26, 2008. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

(1) Based upon total cost of ownership (TCO) analysis of eight server blades in an HP BladeSystem c3000 enclosure compared to eight traditional 1U servers, each with LAN and SAN connectivity. Analysis performed using HP BladeSystem TCO Tool. The TCO tool is available at

(2) Testing on the HP ProLiant Bl260c G5 was performed by HP engineers on March 14, 2008. The Dell PowerEdge M600 and IBM BladeCenter H521 test results were taken from the Principled Technologies December 2007 report, “SPECjbb2005 performance and power consumption on Dell, HP, and IBM Blade Servers”. Further information is available at

(3) Based upon a reference configuration for running a core infrastructure with messaging, email security, management and core services such as Active Directory, DNS/DHCP and File/Print. Software products not included in price estimate.

Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corporation.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2008 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended October 31, 2007. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

© 2008 Hewlett-Packard Development Company, L.P. The information contained herein is subject to change without notice. The only warranties for HP products and services are set forth in the express warranty statements accompanying such products and services. Nothing herein should be construed as constituting an additional warranty. HP shall not be liable for technical or editorial errors or omissions contained herein.

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