Press Release:

HP Software Provides National Security Agency with Downtime Reduction and Enhanced Customer Satisfaction

PALO ALTO, Calif., Nov. 12, 2002

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that the Eagle Alliance, an IT systems contractor, has selected HP OpenView software to provide management solutions in a seven-year outsourcing contract with the National Security Agency (NSA).

The Eagle Alliance has assumed outsourcing responsibility for a large portion of the NSA's information technology infrastructure functions to provide reliable, secure, modernized IT in the areas of distributed computing, networks, enterprise management and telephony. By utilizing HP OpenView software, the Eagle Alliance will provide the NSA with solutions that offer a reduction in downtime, increased productivity and enhanced customer satisfaction.

With HP OpenView, the Eagle Alliance will provide the NSA with service optimization and a flexible, integrated solution that can manage the breadth and depth of the conditions that impact service performance -- scaling the management across infrastructure processes and geographies.

"Every element that can ultimately impact service performance must be monitored and managed," said Tom Santanello, chief architect, Eagle Alliance. "HP provided us with a complete integrated management solution from a single vendor that will meet the specifications of the NSA outsourcing contract."

HP OpenView solutions will manage fault and performance across the entire NSA infrastructure, tying this critical operation information to business-critical services. Linking operations and businesses will enable the Eagle Alliance to meet the expectations of the NSA contract.

"Increased productivity, downtime reduction and improved customer service enhances the end-user experience and allows the NSA to handle its usual volume of critical, top-secret information," said Jim Grant, general manager, HP OpenView Business Unit. "Using HP OpenView provides the Eagle Alliance with an industry-leading management solution that allows for greater functionality and improvement of the NSA network."

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