HP Introduces High-performance, Ultra-dense Multi-processor Server

New Four-processor HP ProLiant Server Has Smallest Design in Its Class
PALO ALTO, Calif., March 10, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today introduced a new industry-standard HP ProLiant server that elevates the standard for density in enterprise servers. Developed in response to customer requirements for reduced power consumption and total cost of ownership, the new HP ProLiant DL560 server combines the latest technologies for critical enterprise applications -- such as mail/messaging, clustered applications and enterprise resource planning -- with the industry's lowest power requirements in a new space-saving design.

By combining into the ProLiant DL560 server the density and serviceability of the two-processor ProLiant DL380 server family with the performance and reliability of the four-processor ProLiant DL580 server family, HP has redefined the landscape of four-processor computing.

An ultra-dense server, the ProLiant DL560 server is the first from a tier-one vendor offering scalable four-processor performance in a compact 2U (3.5-inch) design. With the ProLiant DL560, HP offers customers additional choices in their four-processor server purchases, building upon the company's 44.7 percent unit shipments worldwide market share lead for four-processor servers and its industry-leading sequential growth rate for the most recent quarter.(1)

For companies with constrained floor space in their data centers, the ProLiant DL560 server uses at least 50 percent less rack space than most similarly configured enterprise servers, providing more server and storage deployment flexibility within a rack. Able to operate a fully loaded system on less than 550 watts of power, the server offers the lowest power rating in the industry -- potentially saving customers hundreds of dollars per year in energy, cooling and facilities costs.

The general-purpose design of the ProLiant DL560 server provides scalability for a wide range of applications, and the common rack and rail design allows for easier deployment and quick access. In addition to handling today's demanding workloads, the server is well positioned for the next generation of environments with its scalability features such as support for 12-GB of memory.

"The new ProLiant DL560 further enhances HP's premier line of dense servers," said James Mouton, vice president, platforms, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Using ProLiant servers, HP can help customers build an adaptive infrastructure unmatched in manageability, serviceability, availability and cost efficiency to keep pace with their changing business needs and deliver a new level of return on information technology."

"Halifax Bank of Scotland PLC (HBOS) see the HP ProLiant DL560 server as their strategic offering for the future, in the four-way market," said James Shepherd, infrastructure developer, HBOS Plc.

"The new HP ProLiant DL560 server is very appealing for its ability to pack more power in a rack environment with limited space and for being able to rapidly deploy services while keeping our operating costs down," said Steven Savinelli, senior systems engineer, Yale New Haven Health System. "We installed Microsoft .Net Server RC2 on the HP ProLiant DL560 server and everything has gone smoothly. We anticipate that our initial install on the ProLiant DL560 server will be Windows Server 2000, but with plans to migrate to Windows Server 2003 in the near future, it is great to see that the DL560 has been optimized for next-generation operating systems."

Efficiency, Performance and Control in a Space-saving Design

The HP ProLiant DL560 server combines high levels of compute performance, scalability and manageability for the evolving enterprise data center. The server features the Intel® Xeon™ processor MP, PCI-X architecture, Wide Ultra SCSI, integrated Lights-Out (iLO) processor and Gigabit networking technology required for today's compute-intensive applications.

Using the ProLiant DL560 server, IT professionals can increase the processing capabilities in a rack of servers while more efficiently utilizing existing data center infrastructures. With a modular, tool-less design, the server is among the most serviceable available. Component redundancy throughout the chassis coupled with on-line spare memory, part of HP Advanced Memory Protection, ensures reliable availability for critical applications.

Embedded technologies in the ProLiant DL560 server -- such as the iLO processor, system health LEDs and unit ID lights -- simplify system care and expand control. Additionally, the ProLiant Essentials Foundation Pack featuring Insight Manager 7 provides the essential tools needed to reliably deploy and easily manage the server.

The server also is supported by optional ProLiant Essentials Value Packs, including the Workload Management Pack, which allows the consolidation of one- and two-processor ProLiant servers, and the Rapid Deployment Pack, a feature key to dense server environments. In addition, the ProLiant Essentials Performance Management Pack is available to identify and explain hardware bottlenecks for improved management of system performance.

The HP ProLiant DL560 server supports Microsoft® Windows® 2000 Advanced Server and the forthcoming Microsoft Windows Server 2003 releases, Red Hat Linux Advanced Server, SuSe Linux and Novell Netware.

Available March 11, estimated U.S. prices for the new HP ProLiant DL560 server start at $7,099.(2) Additional information about the product is available at http://www.hp.com/products/servers/platforms.

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(1) IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, February 2003, for the Standard Intel Architecture Segment.

(2) Actual prices may vary.

Intel is a U.S. registered trademark and Xeon is a trademark of Intel Corp. Microsoft and Windows are U.S. registered trademarks of Microsoft Corp.

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