Press Release: January 05, 2006

CERN Chooses ProCurve Networking by HP to Connect World's Largest and Most Powerful Particle Physics Laboratory

PALO ALTO, Calif. - Jan. 5, 2006

ProCurve Networking by HP today announced a significant enhancement of its business relationship with CERN, the European Organization for Nuclear Research - one of the world's leading laboratories for particle physics.

ProCurve will provide a large number of networking products and solutions to the Geneva-based organization, where the Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's largest scientific instrument, is under construction.

In a drive to improve the reliability, speed and performance of its overall IT infrastructure, CERN has acquired 300 units of the award-winning ProCurve Switch 3400cl. The switches are being deployed on CERN's campus as well as used to connect the technology infrastructure at CERN that powers some of the world's leading scientific grid projects.

Ultimately, as many as 700 ProCurve 3400cl switches, which deliver intelligent, high performance at the edge of a network, are expected to be deployed at CERN in the coming years. Approximately 250 units of the Layer 3 Gigabit LAN switches are being deployed in a massive PC farm in CERN's computer center. These units will connect more than 6,000 PCs, which will be at the heart of the LHC computing grid. This globally distributed scientific grid is designed to ensure that in 2007, when the LHC is scheduled to begin operation, thousands of scientists worldwide will be capable of producing, storing and analysing an expected 15 petabytes (15 million gigabytes) of data each year.

As a leading scientific organization that demands extremely high levels of performance and security within its IT infrastructure, CERN is continually evaluating innovative technologies to help facilitate its research and productivity.

"The decision to buy ProCurve was based on the high performance, low overall cost of ownership and increased network security we believe ProCurve's products will bring to our organization," said David Foster, Communications, Systems and Networking Group Leader, CERN. "Furthermore, it was imperative that we chose a solid partner - one that is dedicated to investing in high technology and committed to long-term R&D partnerships.

"Sometimes our technical specification is slightly ahead of the industry standard - therefore we like working with vendors such as ProCurve Networking who are flexible enough to invest in developing appropriate solutions. Their Adaptive EDGE Architecture is in line with our campus strategy," added Foster.

Founded in 1954 and located in Geneva, CERN is the European Organization for Nuclear Research, the world's largest particle physics centre. With 20 member states and a staff of 2,500, CERN physicists conduct work to explore what matter is made of and what forces hold it together.

CERN has been using HP networking equipment for more than 12 years and HP is also collaborating with the CERN openlab project, launched in 2003, which provides an innovative framework for collaborative projects between CERN and the IT industry. The ultimate goal of CERN openlab is to research and develop key technologies that support advanced clusters working on a massive international grid of processors, servers, high-speed switching, storage technologies and database software.

"HP has a strong association with CERN, based on invention and R&D, and I am delighted that we are now extending this partnership," said Wenceslao Lada, vice president and general manager - Europe, Middle East and Africa, ProCurve Networking by HP. "CERN's decision to invest in our high-performance networking solutions is a strong indication that ProCurve is recognized by leading global organizations convinced of the business benefits that can be gained with ProCurve and our Adaptive EDGE Architecture."

The ProCurve Networking Adaptive EDGE Architecture strategy is based on an intelligent edge, connected through a reliable interconnect, that is automatically configured through business policies with command from the center and control to the network edge. The architecture is the framework for products launched today that provide high-performance and availability, dynamic and granular control over network security, reduce network and business complexity, and increase productivity.

CERN member states include Austria, Belgium, Bulgaria, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Hungary, Italy, Netherlands, Norway, Poland, Portugal, Slovakia, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. India, Israel, Japan, the Russian Federation, the United States of America, Turkey, the European Commission and UNESCO have observer status.

About ProCurve Networking by HP

The ProCurve Networking business unit of HP delivers enterprise networking solutions comprising wired and wireless LAN and WAN networking products, services and solutions. Recognizing the necessary migration of intelligence and functionality to the network edge, the ProCurve Adaptive EDGE Architecture strategy is the industry's only comprehensive and inclusive network design strategy that is adaptable, scalable and completely interoperable for achieving command from the centre with control to the network edge. ProCurve was positioned in the challenger quadrant in research and advisory firm Gartner, Inc.'s 2004 Magic Quadrant Report for Global Campus LANs.

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