HP Strengthens Blade Server Alliance Program with Additional Independent Software Vendors

Blade Server Market Leader Exceeds 19,000 HP ProLiant Blade Servers Shipped
SAN JOSE, Calif., Server Blade Summit, March 4, 2003

HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced additional independent software vendor (ISV) support for its ProLiant BL product line through the HP Blade Server Alliance Program. New members of the program include Citrix, Ensim Corp., Jareva, Red Hat, SuSE and Think Dynamics.

These new members join previous members that include Altiris and F5 Networks. In addition, a large number of additional companies have applied for membership with many currently in the process of being certified with the program.

HP's ISV partners deliver a comprehensive portfolio of blade applications and infrastructure solutions for all HP blade hardware products, including HP ProLiant BL10e, BL20p and BL40p blade servers. HP, which recently surpassed 19,000 blade servers shipped, led the rapidly growing blade server market by a commanding margin in unit shipments -- greater than its nearest three competitors combined in calendar year 2002.(1)

ISV partners can expand their market reach through the HP Blade Server Alliance Program. Several key blade alliance partners have qualified their software for HP blades and also receive joint promotional opportunities with HP.

HP blade server customers benefit from the HP Blade Server Alliance Program by having their choice of some of the most innovative blade server technology on the market today and tested ISV solutions that are validated to run on HP ProLiant blade servers.

"Customers are realizing the benefits of using open standards-based blade server systems," said Ron Eller, vice president, solutions, HP Industry Standard Servers. "Working with our ISV partners through the HP Blade Server Alliance Program, HP is able to provide customers with a seamless integration of hardware and infrastructure software solutions so customers can run their businesses with maximum efficiency on HP ProLiant BL blade server systems."

Altiris works with HP in developing the ProLiant Essentials Rapid Deployment Pack, an essential software deployment tool for ProLiant servers. "The Altiris and HP partnership significantly lowers the cost of deploying and provisioning hyper-dense HP ProLiant BL servers. The complete integration of both technologies delivers out-of-the-box, centralized deployment of HP ProLiant BL servers that is easy to use and faster to implement," said Greg Butterfield, chief executive officer and president, Altiris.

"Through the HP Blade Server Alliance Program, verification and optimal operation of Citrix MetaFrame XP reduces risk and ensures accelerated delivery on HP ProLiant BL servers optimized for rapid deployment and provisioning," said Russ Naples, vice president and general manager of Citrix's client server business unit. "As a result, our enterprise customers are able to achieve significant infrastructure cost savings, spending less time maintaining and managing space-saving server farms built on HP ProLiant BL servers."

Additional information about the HP Blade Server Alliance Program is available at http://www.hp.com/go/bladepartners.

About HP

HP is a leading global provider of products, technologies, solutions and services to consumers and businesses. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. HP completed its acquisition of Compaq Computer Corporation on May 3, 2002. More information about HP is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) IDC's Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, February 2003.

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