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HP Enhances Software Suites for Infrastructure Management and Revenue Generation Capabilities

HP Delivers on Software Strategy with New Integrated Solutions, Product Enhancements and Free Application Server

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today introduced significant new software products and solutions for its HP OpenView and HP Netaction software suites. The new offerings enhance the abilities of customers to manage diverse voice and data infrastructure environments and provide platforms for the development, integration and deployment of new revenue-generating voice and data services.

Additionally, HP is the first company to make development and deployment of Web services pervasive across platforms by offering the HP Application Server for free.

The software products and solutions announced today can be integrated and supported easily with the HP Utility Data Center solution also introduced today.

"Aggressively building on HP 's software strategy, these breakthrough solutions and software products provide the flexible foundation our customers need to remain competitive," said Bill Russell, vice president, HP Software Solutions Organization. "HP 's new software offerings, including the free application server, are changing the market landscape by helping open up new revenue streams for our customers while simultaneously helping drive down infrastructure expenses."

HP also is in discussion with BEA Systems to complete a global strategic alliance for enterprise e-business software solutions. The discussions include potential co-marketing and sales initiatives around BEA WebLogic software offerings and HP OpenView management solutions.

HP OpenView Software Products

The newest addition to the HP OpenView Integrated Services Management (ISM) is the HP OpenView Integrated Service Assurance solution, which is designed to ensure that the customers' services are available and high performing -- meeting or exceeding expectations.

HP 's ISM solutions optimize performance across the service lifecycle, encompassing service delivery, assurance and usage. Initially announced in June, the HP OpenView ISM suite delivers a compelling combination of management software and services, helping customers obtain the most value out of their infrastructure investments.

The HP OpenView Integrated Service Assurance solution streamlines problem diagnosis and service-level management of complex IP, wireline and wireless infrastructures -- specifically addressing the management needs of hosting and communication service providers and enterprises. From high-level services or business impacts to detailed event-level views, this new solution for UNIX®, Windows® and communication networks allows users to quickly assess issues that help customers determine whether a problem is minor or critical.

The HP OpenView Internet Usage Manager software has been enhanced to support convergent mediation requirements and is complemented by a new prepaid data solution and CDMA solution for 3G mobile data networks. Also, HP OpenView Dynamic Netvalue Analyzer software adds enhanced modeling to DNA's current interactive business planning capabilities. Together, these new products allow service providers to better understand customer service usage for more flexible billing and business planning alternatives.

In addition, HP announced new and enhanced HP OpenView storage management solutions that help maximize the efficiency of storage resources and improve information availability. The HP OpenView suite now offers new partner, customer and online support services as well.

The new HP OpenView products and enhancements are expected to begin shipping in mid-November. More information about the products is available at

HP Netaction Software Products

HP Netaction products are designed to provide businesses with a flexible foundation to develop, integrate and deploy voice and data services, help solve customer business problems and enable the transformation to an always-on Internet infrastructure.

HP has added a number of products and enhancements to further strengthen its HP Netaction software suite. These include a Linux version of the HP Opencall SS7 software developer kit as well as HP Internet Operating Environment (IOE) products that expedite rapid development of composite Web services, complex business transactions and mobile solutions.

Among the full roster of new HP Netaction IOE products is the HP Netaction Application Server 8.0, it will become available as a free download from HP is the first company to make this technology easily accessible and broadly available.

The application server has replaced the operating system as the development platform of choice for the Internet. It provides a layer of built-in services that simplify the creation of new business applications and Web services and enable those applications to run across platforms. This allows customers to rapidly develop and deploy Web services in an increasingly competitive environment.

HP also unveiled HP Web Services Transactioning software and the HP Netaction Process Manager, Interactive Edition. The HP Web Services Transactioning software is the first to support Business Transaction Protocol, enabling businesses to harness the information and presentation of new services to their customers in real-time with minimal investment. The HP Netaction Process Manager software allows businesses to develop composite applications for mobile- and Web-based services in a timely manner, enabling them to offer personalized services to their customers.

HP Developer Tools

HP rolled out a new developer program designed to foster developer success through new tools, rich technical content and community activities as well as world-class developer support. HP has added new tools designed to support the development of Web services and mobile applications.

The new HP Netaction products and enhancements are expected to begin shipping in mid-November.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue from continuing operations of $48.8 billion in its 2000 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at

UNIX is a registered trademark of the Open Group.

Windows is a U.S. registered trademark of Microsoft Corp.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; and other risks that are described from time to time in HP 's Securities and Exchange Commission reports, including but not limited to the annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended Oct. 31, 2000, and subsequently filed reports. If any of these risks or uncertainties materializes or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, HP 's results could differ materially from HP 's expectations in these statements. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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