Press Release: March 22, 2010

HP Connects Distributed Mobile Workforces with Microsoft Communications Server “14” Qualified Offerings

Delivers on unified communications and collaboration initiative with Microsoft

PALO ALTO, Calif., -- HP today announced the expansion of its unified communications and collaboration portfolio with offerings optimized for Microsoft Communications Server “14,” the next version of Microsoft’s unified communications platform.

The new offerings help clients improve productivity and lower costs by consolidating infrastructure, devices and management tools.

Communication modes, technologies and devices are multiplying within organizations, often in isolation from each other and critical business operations. This creates a communications environment that slows decision-making, spends valuable IT resources on maintenance and drives up operations costs. The new HP offerings enable clients to improve business output and reduce travel, telecom and IT operating costs by integrating with Microsoft Communications Server “14.”

Building on the unified communications and collaboration initiative between HP and Microsoft announced in May 2009, the offerings include:

  • The HP Survivable Branch Communication zl Module reduces IT infrastructure at remote branch offices and extends the business productivity and reliability of Communications Server “14.” It combines Microsoft Communications Server “14” and HP ProCurve software within HP ProCurve Switch 8200zl and 5400zl series products.
  • Four existing PC models designed to provide a rich business-grade voice and video user experience at a lower total cost of ownership are now tested and qualified as optimized for Microsoft Office Communicator.

“Organizations face growing challenges with a mobile workforce, increasing complexity and business performance pressure,” said Meg Shea-Chiles, vice president, Microsoft Strategic Alliance, HP. “With these new offerings, we are enhancing how people interact, shorten business decision cycle times and connect remote employees to company culture.”

Reliable voice infrastructure for branch offices

The HP Survivable Branch Communication zl Module, expected to be available later this year, delivers:

  • Survivability: Branch offices can now better maintain network availability in a Communications Server “14” environment with a reliable distributed public switched telephone network backup in case of wide area network failure.
  • Simplicity: Organizations can increase efficiency and scalability by rapidly installing, deploying and migrating from legacy PBX and key systems with centralized remote management, across branch offices for Microsoft Communications Server “14” environments.
  • Cost efficiency: Organizations can reduce costs by eliminating specialized technology infrastructure, expertise and management tasks required at branch locations.

PCs provide high-quality user experience, lower total cost of ownership

HP PCs qualified for Microsoft Communicator “14” eliminate the need for additional devices to place and receive voice or video calls. The models include:

  • HP TouchSmart 9100 Business PC – For businesses in hospitality, retail, healthcare and government verticals looking to engage their customers with immersive, interactive content through a multitouch user interface. It is an ideal device for businesses seeking to extend their customer communications.
  • HP EliteBook 6930p Notebook PC – Sets a new standard for on-the-move productivity with all-day battery life(1) and business-rugged features. The premium EliteBook p-series notebook PCs meet military standards(2) for vibration, dust, humidity, altitude and high temperature.
  • HP EliteBook 8530w and 8730w Mobile Workstations – Features workstation-caliber graphics that are tested, optimized and certified to run the most demanding professional applications for mobile power users.

“Today’s increasingly mobile workforce introduces technology and support challenges requiring end-users to become more self-sufficient,” said Gurdeep Singh Pall, corporate vice president, Office Communications Group, Microsoft Corp. “Communications Server ‘14’ combined with HP’s Survivable Branch Communication zl Module and UC qualified PCs delivers reliable voice infrastructure for branch offices as well as a high-quality user experience.”

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(1) Up to 24 hours requires separately purchased Ultra Capacity Battery and customer download of the latest Intel® graphics driver and HP BIOS. Notebook must be configured with optional Intel 80 GB SSD drive and HP Illumi-lite LED display and requires Windows® XP operating system. Battery life will vary depending on the product: model, configuration, loaded applications, features and power management settings. The maximum capacity of the battery will decrease with time and usage.

(2) Testing was not intended to demonstrate fitness for U.S. Department of Defense contracts requirements or for military use. Test results are not a guarantee of future performance under these test conditions.

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