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MERGER ANNOUNCEMENT DOESN'T SLOW HP SUPERDOME SALES.

Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP), Palo Alto, has announced major HP Superdome server customer wins that highlight HP's continued strength in high-end UNIX(R) computing. The wins demonstrate the exceptional success HP Superdome has had in the marketplace as customers realize the server's industry- leading scalability, availability and performance advantages.

Customers that have recently purchased HP Superdome servers span the retail, healthcare, manufacturing, transportation, telecommunications, government and life sciences industries. Sixty percent of these customers purchased their systems after HP announced its planned merger with Compaq.

The customers include Reebok, Sara Lee, Nestle, Nextel -- Argentina, Oakley, Continental Airlines, DaimlerChrysler, Biogen, CGI/Bell Canada, France Telecom, Cleveland Clinic Health System, BANAMEX, The Goodyear Tire & Rubber Company, Banco Popular, Belgacom, Best Western International Inc., Comercial Mexicana, DIGITEL, Fomento Queretano, EBEL, Gobierno del Estado de Chihuahua, Corporativo Nieto, Pegaso, Perdigao Agroindustrial and TAM Airlines.

These customers are taking advantage of HP Superdome's ability to support key applications, such as customer relationship management, enterprise resource planning, supply chain management, billing, business intelligence, systems consolidation and technical computing.

"We needed an enterprise server that is highly available and reliable," said Daniel Morales, managing director, revenue accounting systems, Continental Airlines Technology Division. "Also important to us is the fact that the HP Superdome solution is highly expandable and ideal for server consolidation solutions. We took five individual systems and put them onto one highly available enterprise-class server -- HP Superdome."

HP Superdome has achieved unprecedented success in terms of high-end UNIX server market share and revenue growth, outpacing competitors IBM and Sun. According to 2001 figures from market research firm IDC, HP year-over-year revenue growth in the high-end UNIX server market was 38 percent, while IBM revenue growth was just 10 percent and Sun's revenue declined 40 percent.

The customers listed above join hundreds of existing HP Superdome customers that have already purchased -- and are benefiting from -- HP high-end UNIX servers. HP has repeatedly delivered groundbreaking performance improvements and exceeded expectations in terms of service and support for these customers. HP also is on track to double Superdome's transaction performance by next year.

"We laid the foundation for our SAP solution with Superdome as the database server," said Tom Kearns, vice president of IT, Reebok. "We chose Superdome for its scalability to grow with our needs. We were hoping for 2.5X performance improvement. In database-intensive transactions, we've seen 4X improvement on average."

Many customers have chosen HP storage to build a complete, robust high-end server and storage solution to meet their large application and consolidation needs. The HP Surestore VA 7100 and VA 7400 disk arrays deliver industry-leading TPC-C performance(3) while the HP Surestore XP 512 disk array is the customer choice for storage consolidation with online disaster recovery. With the addition of HP Surestore tape libraries and HP OpenView Omniback software, customers can deploy complete business continuity solutions.

"When faced with the challenge of consolidating the infrastructure of five Bell Canada Enterprise companies to one, we chose HP's Superdome platform with the mySAP.com solution suite and XP 512 disk arrays for our SAN," said Robert Martinson, director of SAP Operations, CGI Inc. for Bell Canada Enterprises. "The migration has been very smooth. We've seen significant performance improvements and have been extremely impressed with HP Critical Systems Support. HP has earned its reputation for Superdome technology and overall strong HP support. We have experienced 100 percent availability in the past months. It doesn't get better than that."

The HP Superdome server, which has been shipping for more than a year, includes features such as utility technologies and pricing, industry-leading system performance benchmark results, high availability with unmatched in-box availability, and hardware and software partitioning.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to all. HP had total revenue of $45.2 billion in its 2001 fiscal year.

For more information, visit http://www.hp.com or call 408/975-3027.
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