Press Release: December 03, 2003

HP ProCurve Switch Growth Continues to Surpass Market

Double-digit Ethernet switch port shipment and revenue growth year-over-year continues at HP
PALO ALTO, Calif., Dec. 3, 2003

HP ProCurve Networking led the worldwide Ethernet switch market in terms of revenue and port shipment growth among all tracked competitors year-over-year for the third quarter of calendar year 2003, according to the latest report released by Dell'Oro Group.(1)

Results from the analyst firm's recent report examining the worldwide layer 2 through layer 7 Ethernet switch market revealed HP ProCurve's revenue share grew 46 percent year-over-year with port shipments growing 44.6 percent.

HP ProCurve's switch port shipment growth quarter-over-quarter was 23.1 percent, twice the rate of the market. Dell'Oro Group also reported substantial HP ProCurve growth in the layer 3 switch market, with port shipments increasing 32.8 percent quarter-over-quarter.

"Our value proposition of providing superior return on IT, reduced complexity, and increased security, reliability, choice and flexibility for today's network continues to resonate with customers, as demonstrated by our continued growth," said John McHugh, vice president and general manager, HP ProCurve Networking Business. "HP ProCurve's innovative Adaptive EDGE Architecture, proven technology and industry-leading support create a secure and reliable networking infrastructure customers depend on for their mission-critical applications and data."

HP ProCurve moved into the No. 1 position in layer 3 modular 1000 switch port shipments with 20.2 percent market share in the third quarter, and it remained in the No. 1 position in the layer 3 10/100 modular port shipments with 42.5 percent market share for the same period.

Regarding total layer 2 through layer 7 switch port shipments, HP ProCurve remained No. 2 in North America. It also advanced to the No. 2 position in Europe, the Middle East and Africa, with 15.8 percent market share in the third quarter of 2003 and 59.6 percent year-over-year growth.

To help customers get the best return on their information technology investments, HP offers the HP ProCurve family of wired and wireless products, services and solutions -- including Ethernet switches, routing switches and network-management applications -- which allows customers to build networks based on open standards that meet current and future needs for security, performance and reliability.

More information about HP ProCurve networking solutions and products is available at

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(1) Dell'Oro Group, Q3'03 Ethernet Switch Report, November 2003.

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