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COMPAQ SHAKES UP PC SERVER MARKET, INTRODUCES AGGRESSIVELY-PRICED MAINSTREAM PC SERVER AND WORLD'S FASTEST PC SERVER

 COMPAQ SHAKES UP PC SERVER MARKET, INTRODUCES AGGRESSIVELY-PRICED
 MAINSTREAM PC SERVER AND WORLD'S FASTEST PC SERVER
 Editor's Summary:
 Compaq Computer Corporation today announced --
 -- COMPAQ ProSignia, a new class of very affordable PC
 servers starting at below $2,700(a) (see separate
 news release)
 -- COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL, a new line of PC servers that are
 the fastest in the world (see separate news release)
 -- Free 3-year on-site warranty and 24-hour hardware
 support for the COMPAQ ProSignia and COMPAQ
 SYSTEMPRO/XL, other fee-based services for COMPAQ-
 based networks (see separate news release)
 -- COMPAQ ProLiant, an external storage system that
 allows more than 29 gigabytes (29 billion bytes) of
 storage for a single PC server
 -- Other network operating system-related announcements
 and service programs
 HOUSTON, Oct. 5 /PRNewswire/ -- Echoing the highly successful strategy of its aggressive June 15th PC product announcement, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE: CPQ) today announced a truly unique combination of hardware, software and customer support that breaks new ground in performance, manageability and cost of ownership for PC servers. Two new PC server families were launched: the COMPAQ ProSignia, one of the most affordable in the industry, starting below $2,700; and the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL, the world's fastest. Compaq also announced new industry-leading service offerings for PC server customers, including a standard three-year on-site limited warranty, free round-the-clock phone support for the new PC server hardware products, fee-based 24-hour network operating system phone support, and other service options for COMPAQ-based networks. In addition, Compaq introduced the COMPAQ ProLiant external storage system with a capacity of 7.35 gigabytes (7.35 billion bytes), which allows for more than 29 gigabytes of disk storage on a single PC server (29 billion bytes in up to four COMPAQ ProLiant systems).
 "The COMPAQ ProSignia and SYSTEMPRO/XL will shake up the server marketplace just as we shook up the desktop and notebook markets in June," said Eckhard Pfeiffer, president and CEO, Compaq Computer Corporation. The COMPAQ ProSignia and COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL deliver outstanding performance thanks to innovative subsystems like a Fast- SCSI-2 drive controller and advanced TriFlex System Architecture. Moreover, they are the only products in their price class to deliver standard server management functions, including the ability to prevent or quickly respond to PC server problems.
 Pfeiffer added, "These PC server products deliver the best price/performance at both the mainstream and high ends of the server spectrum, far surpassing other products available today. We're delivering performance, advanced PC server management features, upgradability and a variety of server-oriented Compaq support at aggressive prices, and this all adds up to a value that customers won't find from the competition."
 The COMPAQ ProSignia represents an entirely new class of affordable PC servers that far outpaces the competition. The COMPAQ ProSignia is an ideal file server -- both blazingly fast and astoundingly inexpensive. For example, the COMPAQ ProSignia 486/33 is more than 64 percent faster and at least $2,200 less than the 486/50-based Dell PC servers(b). Moreover, the COMPAQ ProSignia 486/33 is at least $1,200 less than 486sx/33-based IBM PS/2 Model 85 PC server(c). Even fully- configured models of the COMPAQ ProSignia start at below $4,500 -- a price that shatters the old idea of what high-performance PC servers should cost. Moreover, the COMPAQ ProSignia and COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL feature integrated server management capabilities that help prevent server downtime and help assure rapid recovery from any incidents that do happen -- even by remote control.
 The COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL is the world's fastest PC server, providing breakthrough performance with prices starting below $14,000 -- more power for less money than competitive products. For example, the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL is 89 percent faster than the IBM Model 95/XP-- for about the same price(d).
 Complementing the new PC servers is NetWare from Compaq, introduced earlier this year. NetWare, the industry's most popular network operating system, is available from Compaq and includes INSIGHT Manager -- an innovative Windows-based utility for over-the-network management of Compaq PC servers. With NetWare from Compaq, customers benefit from optimized NetWare performance and the greatest degree of server control.
 Wrapping around the optimized Compaq hardware/software combination is the industry's most comprehensive customer support program, available for its two new PC servers and the external storage system: a free three-year on-site warranty(e) and 24-hours-per-day, 7-days-per-week telephone support for hardware problems. Compaq also introduced two new service options under its Advanced Network Support Agreement, including: "7 x 24" Network Operating System Support, which enables users of multivendor networks to get round-the-clock, live phone assistance involving network operating systems (ranging from 5 incidents to one-year of unlimited assistance); and IncidentPAQ, through which Compaq resolves five network-related incidents during the work day. Also available is Per Incident, which allows customers with no support agreement to pay for the resolution to a single network-related incident during the work day.
 The new COMPAQ ProLiant, an external storage system that holds up to 7.35 gigabytes of Fast-SCSI-2 drives, allows NetWare customers to easily swap out failed drives without shutting down the system. The COMPAQ ProLiant allows customers of the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL and the COMPAQ ProSignia to grow their networks to more than 29 gigabytes of disk storage with the use of four COMPAQ ProLiant storage systems. This optional storage system is also supported on the COMPAQ DESKPRO/M, COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/LT and COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO.
 The company also announced it has signed an OEM agreement with the Santa Cruz Operation for SCO UNIX with the availability of SCO UNIX from Compaq in its European, Asia/Pacific and Latin American divisions, and with limited distribution in North America for select major accounts. In addition, Compaq announced its support of Novell NetWare SFT III in its current phase of controlled release from Novell to qualified customers. To ensure that SFT III meets the needs of COMPAQ customers, Compaq co-developed this network operating system with Novell, which offers a unique-in-the-industry software implementation of server mirroring. COMPAQ ProSignia: Amazingly Fast, Astoundingly Inexpensive
 The COMPAQ ProSignia offers the best value in the market today -- especially for those users running NetWare. This new PC server delivers high-powered processing, extraordinary input/output (I/O) performance, and unique server management features to help reduce PC server downtime. All these COMPAQ ProSignia features are provided in an aggressively-priced package rich in integrated technologies, including a Fast-SCSI-2 controller, a 32-bit network interface controller and a 1024 x 768 graphics controller. In addition, the processor chip is easily upgradable by removing the processor chip (currently a 33-MHz Intel 486) and replacing it with an Intel OverDrive Processor (such as the 486DX2/66-MHz) or other advanced OverDrive processors yet to be introduced.
 A leader in providing the hardware and software tools to manage the performance and reliability of the PC server, Compaq is the first in the industry to offer comprehensive server management as a standard feature of an affordable PC system. The array of PC server management capabilities for both the COMPAQ ProSignia and COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL simplifies the support of growing PC networks, helps ensure data is secure and minimizes expensive PC server downtime. For setup and problem assistance, all COMPAQ PC servers are backed by Compaq's highly skilled technical support personnel available by phone at 1-800-345-1518 as well as on-site warranty service.
 Compaq's new 32-bit Fast-SCSI-2 controller is integrated on the system board of the COMPAQ ProSignia and pre-installed on SCSI models of the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL, which allows data to travel twice as fast as older SCSI implementations. The Fast-SCSI-2 controller is also available as an EISA board.
 All disk-configured models of the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL and COMPAQ ProSignia lines include the new 32-bit NetFlex controller pre-installed. This 32-bit network interface card is also separately available for $299 -- about the same price as 16-bit network interface cards from other manufacturers. The card comes standard with Ethernet support but may be modified by an optional snap-in module for Token Ring thanks to the flexibility of the Texas Instruments SuperEagle chip. This controller supports today's most common network wiring connections. COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL: The World's Fastest PC Server
 For customers running demanding business critical applications such as database management and large-scale file servers, the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL PC servers offer an unprecedented combination of exceptional performance and simple server manageability.
 When fueled by up to two 50-MHz Intel 486 processors the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL delivers blazingly fast speed -- up to 185 transactions per second (TPS)(f) -- over four times the speed of the enhanced COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO, in large application server environments. The COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL is the first PC server to break the $1,000 per TPS barrier and to achieve a world record performance of less than $800 per TPS.
 The innovative COMPAQ TriFlex Architecture in the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL optimizes three critical PC server subsystems -- I/O, processor and memory -- into three separate high-bandwidth buses, delivering explosive application and file server performance. The TriFlex DataFlow Manager allows I/O devices and system processors to simultaneously access memory more than 70 percent of the time. This provides dramatic performance improvements and greatly reduces bottlenecks.
 The COMPAQ TriFlex Architecture features a Future Processor Generation design which supports current and next-generation Intel processors, in single processor or symmetric multiprocessing configurations.
 The COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL extends the innovative COMPAQ INSIGHT Manager's current capabilities with new hardware and software management features. One of these unique features is Advanced Error Correction Code (ECC) Memory, which corrects memory failures using cost-effective, industry-standard Single In-Line Memory Modules (SIMMs), allowing PC server operation to continue even if an entire DRAM module fails. New Product Distribution and Availability
 The COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO/XL is shipping this month to Specialized Resellers worldwide. Most models of the COMPAQ ProSignia are now shipping to Authorized COMPAQ Resellers worldwide (the IDA-2 Model 1020 is only available through Specialized Resellers). The COMPAQ ProLiant will be available in the first quarter of 1993 through Authorized COMPAQ Resellers. Other New CompaqCare Service Programs
 In addition to the network-specific service offerings announced today, Compaq expanded its CompaqCare programs with Compaq AirSpare, which provides fee-based delivery of COMPAQ spare parts the same day they are requested; and Expanded Dispatch, an expanded roster of service providers -- including five of North America's major resellers -- that can be dispatched by Compaq to perform on-site warranty service. Systems Division and Company Background
 Compaq Computer Corporation is a world leader in the PC server market, offering a broad range of innovative products and technical support services through its Systems Division. Compaq pioneered the PC server market in 1989 with the introduction of the COMPAQ SYSTEMPRO and today the company remains a major force in this area, delivering complete networking solutions -- including advanced PC servers, innovative PC server management software and superior technical support. In addition, Compaq has established strategic partnerships with leading suppliers of network and systems software, including Novell, Santa Cruz Operation (SCO), Microsoft and Banyan, enabling users to build and manage complex multivendor network environments.
 Compaq Computer Corporation is also a world leader in the manufacture of PC systems, and desktop, portable, laptop and notebook personal computers and network laser printers. Founded in 1982, the Company reported 1991 worldwide revenues of $3.3 billion.
 COMPAQ products are sold and supported in more than 85 countries through a network of more than 8,300 Compaq Marketing Partners, including authorized resellers (national chains, franchisers and superstores), specialized dealers, value-added resellers (VARs), distributors, network integrators, systems integrators, and authorized third party maintainers. Compaq also offers a broad range of service and support programs including free technical support through the Customer Support Center, worldwide product warranties and technical product information on CD-ROM. FOR CUSTOMER SUPPORT AND INFORMATION, CALL 1-800-345-1518.
 COMPAQ, SYSTEMPRO, DESKPRO, Registered U.S. Patent and
Trademark Office. ProSignia, ProLiant, QVision, COMPAQ INSIGHT


Manager, trademarks of Compaq Computer Corporation. NetWare is a trademark of Novell, Inc. Windows is a trademark of Microsoft Corp. Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies.
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 NOTES:
 (a) All prices are U.S. Suggested List Price; reseller
 prices will vary
 (b) PC Week File Server Shootout test, COMPAQ ProSignia
 Model 486/33 vs. comparable Dell PowerLine 450SE,
 32 nodes, U.S. suggested list prices
 (c) COMPAQ ProSignia Model 486/33 vs. comparable IBM
 Model 85 (9585-OXF), U.S. suggested list prices
 (d) PC Week File Server Shootout test, COMPAQ
 SYSTEMPRO/XL vs. comparable IBM Model 95/XP-486/50, 32
 nodes, U.S. suggested list prices
 (e) Three-year on-site limited warranty in North America;
 three-year limited warranty elsewhere
 (f) Running TPC-B Benchmark, SCO UNIX, SCO MPX and Oracle7
 -0- 10/5/92
 /CONTACT: Mike Berman, Bob Beach, Debra Globe, Nora Hahn, Hedy Baker, John Sweney, Yvonne Donaldson, or Linda Parsons, all of Compaq Computer Corp., 713-374-0484; or Tom Pearson (broadcast media) of Pearson Communications, 215-644-4420; or Tony Sapienza of Miller Communications, 617-536-0470 for Compaq/
 (CPQ) CO: Compaq Computer Corporation ST: Texas IN: CPR SU: PDT


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