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HP Extends Its Breadth and Leadership In WAN Monitoring With New E3 and HSSI Probes; First Network-management Vendor to Offer Media-specific E3 Network Monitoring.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Aug. 30, 1999--

Hewlett-Packard Company today introduces the industry's first media-specific E3 probe and its new High-speed Serial Interface (HSSI) probe, extending the company's leadership in wide area network (WAN) performance-monitoring solutions and the breadth of its coverage.

The E3 and HSSI probes collect critical network information used by HP OpenView NetMetrix performance-management software, including the new HP OpenView NetMetrix Performance Center application, which HP also announced today. (See separate press release.)

"These two new probes, coupled with HP OpenView NetMetrix performance-management software, provide network managers with the broadest range of media-specific WAN solutions available today," said Anita Manwani, general manager of HP's NetMetrix Division. "Network managers now can view activity across the wire and measure the quality of service offered by their service providers. This type of visibility into the network is critical to the success of the overall business."

Using the information obtained from the E3 and HSSI probes, HP OpenView NetMetrix performance-management software enables network managers to monitor, troubleshoot and report on the health of their network. In addition, monitoring WAN utilization and quality of service allows network managers to maximize their return on investment by significantly reducing the costs incurred as a result of excessive bandwidth or underutilization.

"As e-commerce evolves, business managers and network managers can draw a direct correlation between the success of the network and the success of a company's overall business," said Manwani. "The extended WAN monitoring capabilities from HP OpenView NetMetrix help ensure a network's availability and responsiveness so business managers can use the network as a competitive differentiator."

HP OpenView NetMetrix WanProbes now offer the broadest media-specific WAN coverage in the industry for : T1, E1, V-Series, T3, ATM OC-3, ATM E3, ATM T3/DS3, E3 and HSSI.

U.S. Pricing and Availability

The new HP J3934A E3 WanProbe and HP J3916A HSSI WanProbe are expected to be available in December. The E3 WanProbe is expected to start at about $16,995; pricing for the HSSI WanProbe is expected to start at about $19,995.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services.

HP plans to launch Agilent Technologies as an independent company by mid-calendar 2000. Agilent consists of HP's test and measurement, semiconductor products, chemical analysis and healthcare solutions businesses, and has leading positions in multiple market segments.

HP has 123,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue of $47.1 billion in its 1998 fiscal year. Information about HP, its products and the company's Year 2000 program can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.
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