Press Release: July 12, 2007

HP Named Microsoft Partner of the Year for Fourth Time

PALO ALTO, Calif., July 12, 2007

HP today announced that itwas named Microsoft Partner of the Year in the Enterprise Alliancecategory for the fourth time, marking the first time in the award'shistory a company has been honored more than three times.

In addition, PolyServe, anetwork-attached storage software provider HP acquired earlier thisyear, was named Partner of the Year for the Advanced ProgramInfrastructure Solutions, Storage Solutions category.

The Microsoft EnterpriseAlliance Partner of the Year Award is given to the global servicesor technology partner that has demonstrated leadership and has beenthe most valuable global enterprise partner in delivering Microsoftsolutions to mutual enterprise customers in the past year.

The Advanced InfrastructureSolutions for Storage Solutions Award recognizes partners that havestorage infrastructure practices in designing and/or implementingstorage solutions to solve customers' issues with data growth intheir Windows environments.

Winners of the awards wereannounced Wednesday at the 2007 Microsoft Partner Conference inDenver.

"Winning this award for thefourth time is a true testament to the dedication of the people whofoster this alliance within HP," said Andy Mattes, senior vicepresident and Chief Sales Officer, Technology Solutions Group, HP."Every year we work hard to innovate solutions that havemeasurable, bottom-line impact for our customers and we'll continuethat mission as we look to new markets and develop newtechnologies."

MicrosoftEnterprise Alliance Partner of the Year

HP's demonstration as theMicrosoft Enterprise Alliance Partner of the Year can be attributedto the recently launched HP & Microsoft Solutions for thePeople-Ready Business, a three-year strategic initiative that aimsat driving customer adoption of Microsoft-based solutions built onHP technology and supported by HP Services.

"Targeted anddifferentiated initiatives like the HP & Microsoft Solutionsfor the People-Ready Business will help customers realize greatervalue from their existing IT investments, capitalize onnext-generation technologies, and achieve a more agile andresponsive business," said Peter Boit, vice president, EnterprisePartners, Microsoft Corp.

AdvancedInfrastructure Solutions for Storage Solutions Award

PolyServe's win for theAdvanced Infrastructure Solutions for Storage Solutions category isa result of its File Serving Utility for Windows solution, whichdelivers eight times the performance at a fraction of the cost oftraditional NAS filers. The solution works with HP ProLiant servers and HP's portfolioof storage arrays to consolidate and virtualizenetwork-attached storage, and it provides a flexible, scalable andavailable infrastructure based on Microsoft Server System toaddress storage growth.

"PolyServe has workeddirectly with Microsoft to ensure compatibility with the NTFS filesystem and provided scale out capabilities for the Windowsplatform," said Robert Deshaies, vice president, U.S. PartnerGroup, Microsoft Corp. "Their solution enables Windows to competeeffectively in enterprises environments against dedicatedappliances."

More information about HPStorageWorks products using PolyServe software is available at

The HP and Microsoftalliance spans more than 20 years and provides strategictechnologies and services to customers within the consumer, smalland medium business, and enterprise markets worldwide. Moreinformation about the alliance is available at


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