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HP Strengthens Service Provider Offerings with Rack-optimized HP Netservers and Storage Solutions

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE: HWP) today continued its commitment to service providers and corporate data centers with the announcement of the HP Netserver LP 1000r and HP Netserver LP 2000r systems, the HP Surestore Disk System 2100, the HP Surestore Tape Array 5300 and HP Surestore Ultrium 215. These new offerings further strengthen HP's full range of solutions and programs to fulfill HP's vision of an always-on Internet infrastructure.

HP Netserver Systems The HP Netserver LP 1000r and HP Netserver LP 2000r systems enhance one of the industry's most comprehensive rack-optimized PC server lines. The HP Netserver LP 1000r system is a powerful, high-density, ultra-thin PC server that delivers performance, scalability and value. The 1U (1.75-inch) form factor allows up to 42 servers in a 2-meter rack, making it ideal for Web-hosting and infrastructure applications such as proxy, caching, access, DNS, firewall and load-balancing. In addition, the HP Netserver LP 1000r system is an excellent choice as a dedicated application server.

The HP Netserver LP 2000r system combines unprecedented expandability, high availability and manageability in a 2U form factor. The system offers easy in-rack serviceability and comprehensive rack solutions. This server is ideal for traffic-intensive applications such as Web/application hosting, e-commerce, messaging and collaboration, and server-based computing applications.

HP continues to offer a broad range of accessories that enable HP Netserver customers to build the configuration requirements they need. Today, HP also announced the HP NetRAID 1M and 2M disk array controller that delivers Ultra3 SCSI performance and cost-effective data protection for internal and external storage.

HP continues to develop a range of programs for service providers including financing and investment, demand generation and partner programs, technical services and support, solutions, product fulfilment and HP Netserver promotions. Today, HP also is announcing utility financing(1) for Netservers to allow service providers rapid growth and improved return on investment. Utility financing for Netservers, an industry-leading variable leasing program enabled by HP Smart Internet Usage software, allows service providers to make monthly lease payments based on metered server usage.

HP Storage Solutions

HP's storage portfolio offers service providers complementary products to the HP Netservers with comprehensive space-saving storage solutions that maximize a customer's investment in secure, on-line and off-line storage.

The HP Surestore Disk System 2100 is a 1U rack-optimized, 4-slot disk system that provides a flexible, compact solution for desk-side, desktop and rack configurations, allowing customers to easily expand their storage capacity in a variety of environments.

HP Surestore Ultrium 215, part of the open standard Ultrium tape drive family, addresses data protection needs by providing 1U/2U customers with an entry point to high-performance, worry-free backup. Enhancing the Ultrium 215 is the HP Surestore Tape Array 5300 scalable rack enclosure, which allows between one and four Ultrium 215s to be racked in a 3U space.

Pricing and Availability

  • The HP Netserver LP 1000r is currently available with an estimated U.S. street price of $3,799(2).
  • The HP Netserver LP 2000r is expected to be available and priced in early spring 2001.
  • The HP Surestore Tape Array 5300 is expected to be available April 1, 2001, with an estimated U.S. street price of $700(2).
  • The HP Surestore Disk System 2100 is expected to begin shipping on March 1, 2001, with an estimated U.S. street price starting at under $500(2).
  • The HP Surestore Ultrium 215 rack mount tape drive is expected to begin shipping on March 1, 2001, with an estimated U.S. street price starting at $3,900(2).
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(1) Currently available in the U.S. only.

(2) Actual prices may vary.

This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are 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, 1999, 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 does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

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