Press Release:

HP Integrator Acxiom Honoredwith "Best SAN Award" at Storage Networking World

HP Adds "Best Practices in Storage" Award to String of Industry Accolades for Network Storage
PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 21, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that HP StorageWorks integrator Acxiom Corporation (Nasdaq:ACXM) has received the coveted "Best SAN Award" at the Storage Networking World (SNW) Fall 2002 "Best Practices in Storage" Awards. The award builds on recent industry honors for HP network storage in the channel, including the No. 1 position in VARBusiness' 2002 Annual Report Card and CRN's 2002 Channel Champion award.

"The SNW award is particularly gratifying because HP prides itself on solving real-world customer problems through network storage innovation," said Mark Gonzalez, vice president, North America sales, HP Network Storage Solutions. "Awarded less than six months after the merger, this is more proof that HP has maintained its storage momentum, winning customers and awards along the way."

HP Delivers "Innovation and Promise" to Acxiom

Given in the "Innovation and Promise" category for storage implementation, the SNW award acknowledges HP's successful pioneering of network storage technology, as well as the ability to overcome early adoption obstacles and resolve problems. It also reflects HP's commitment to building strong relationships with business partners who are client-focused and innovative.

"Innovation has been the foundation of Acxiom, so it is a great honor to be recognized in that category at the SNW Awards," said Lee Hodges, Acxiom Outsourcing and IT Leader. "For this client, the combination of Acxiom and HP technology and expertise provided vastly improved management efficiency, faster response to new application demands and scalability for future growth."

Demonstrating and leveraging all of the key elements that make storage area network (SAN) environments attractive, the HP StorageWorks SAN allowed Acxiom's client to achieve better storage utilization by consolidating numerous application islands into a single, 60-terabyte network. The winning solution was designed within four days and delivered just six weeks later.

After migrating several critical consumer credit and market research applications to the new StorageWorks SAN, Acxiom's client realized a four-fold increase in workload throughput for many applications that previously relied on network bandwidth.

Using the HP framework, Acxiom also created simultaneous backups exceeding 1 terabyte per hour, while maintaining a minimum three-gigabyte per second fabric throughput for continued application processing.

Produced twice each year in the United States, SNW is the largest educational forum for IT professionals involved in enterprise storage management and is co-owned by Computerworld and the Storage Networking Industry Association.

Channel Praises HP Network Storage

HP has secured the VARBusiness Annual Report Card leadership mantle based on performance improvements, including incremental developments in products and solutions, training and support as well as channel management. Well-regarded as the comprehensive reference to the highest-rated vendors in the channel, the Annual Report Card is the definitive benchmark of vendor/partner relationships and leading-edge technologies.

In addition, CRN bestowed its Channel Champion designation on HP for "… SOLID performance across the board …" among large and small solution providers. Partners ranked HP No. 1 in storage area network arrays and network management software, as well as its dedication to and support for partners.

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