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HP WORKSTATIONS DISPLACE SUN SYSTEMS AT OHIO STATE UNIVERSITY.

PALO ALTO, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--April 24, 1995-- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced it has been selected as the preferred workstation vendor for the Ohio State University (Columbus, Ohio) Computer and Information Sciences (CIS) department, the largest of its kind in any U.S. college. Ohio State previously installed Sun Microsystems' workstations exclusively.

In an effort to expand and equip new computing facilities and student laboratories within the CIS department, Ohio State has purchased HP 9000 workstations, with plans to purchase additional units over the next three years.

Under the new agreement, HP workstations unseated approximately 100 Sun workstations, which all have been returned to HP as part of the company's TradeUp '95 Open Migration Program.

Ohio State selected HP based on its strategic commitment to HP-UX(1), price/performance excellence of HP 9000 workstations, application availability and the ability to access PC applications via Windows Application Binary Interface. Ohio State said its concern about migrating from SunOS to Solaris also influenced its decision.

"HP is especially proud of this contract win; our bid proved to be strong competition to Sun and enabled us to unseat Sun's exclusive installed base of workstations at Ohio State," said Bernard Guidon, general manager of HP's Workstations Systems Group. "With HP's Open Migration Program, Sun customers have a quick and easy way to move to open computing via HP-UX so they can realize the level of application performance and productivity they require."

Ohio State conducted a review to identify a hardware partner that could meet the CIS department's long-term computing needs. Specifically, the university needed workstations that offered collaborative multimedia capabilities for its video lab and the high performance needed for ATM networking.

"Ohio State is extremely excited about HP's superior technical leadership," said Carl Phillips, manager of computer activities for Ohio State. "Furthermore, the CIS department is especially pleased with HP's commitment to working with educators and helping them find new ways to deploy technology and improve the instructional process through creative educational programs."

According to Ohio State, HP workstations provide superior throughput capabilities over Sun systems, making them ideal for the university's ATM network. The university currently is researching new opportunities for enhancing its instructional program with HP's MPower application. The CIS department's Interactive Instructional Computing Facilities group is exploring the multimedia capabilities of MPower to enable remote consulting. By using MPower, the group intends to allow students to collaborate with faculty, staff and other students without leaving their lab stations. The department is convinced that it can enhance the instructional process by improving access between students and faculty.

In addition, CIS plans to make extensive use of MPower's SharedX and Shared Whiteboard capabilities for remote consulting and support. CIS consultants will then be able to provide technical assistance to students located in remote labs across campus.

The HP systems support a mixed environment with Sun systems and currently interoperate on the same network at Ohio State.

Building on its credibility with Ohio State's CIS department, HP secured an additional purchase order from Ohio State's Department of Statistics for HP 9000 workstations and servers.

HP's Open Migration Program provides customers with a variety of interoperability and investment-protection solutions designed to make the transition to the HP platform easy and cost-effective. The program was developed in 1990 to help customers move from the CISC-based Apollo Domain operating system and competitive RISC platforms to PA-RISC workstations and business servers, based on HP's UNIX system-based HP-UX operating system.

Hewlett-Packard Company is a leading global manufacturer of computing, communications and measurement products and services recognized for excellence in quality and support. HP has 98,200 employees and had revenue of $25 billion in its 1994 fiscal year. -0-

Note to Editors:

(1) HP-UX is based on and is compatible with Novell's UNIX(R) operating system. It also complies with X/Open's(tm) XPG4; POSIX 1003.1, 1003.2; FIPS 151-1 and 151-2; and SVID2 interface specifications.

UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries, licensed exclusively through X/Open Company Limited. X/Open is a trademark of X/Open Company Limited in the UK and other countries.

CONTACT: Hewlett-Packard

Jim Barbagallo, 508/436-5049

or

Copithorne & Bellows for HP

Holly Zmetrovich, 617/252-0606, Ext. 255
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