Growing Demand Results in Record HP ProLiant Server Shipments

1/19/2004 - HP (NYSE:HPQ) announced record shipments for the industry-standard HP ProLiant server line during the company's fiscal year 2003. In conjunction with the 10th anniversary of the ProLiant brand, HP announced customers across multiple industries that have embraced HP as the hardware vendor of choice as they move toward becoming adaptive enterprises.

HP has recently shipped ProLiant servers to customers including Yahoo!, Townsend Analytics, Indoff Incorporated, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc., Imperial Sugar, Appriss Inc., NYFIX, PepsiAmericas, Oslo Bors ASA, and Blackpool, Fylde and Wyre Hospital. To date, HP has shipped more than 8 million ProLiant servers worldwide to customers ranging from small- and medium-sized businesses to large corporations.

"The first to market with an industry-standard server offering, HP has a rich history of continued innovation that has earned the trust of our ProLiant server customers for the past 10 years," said Brad Anderson, senior vice president and general manager, Industry Standard Servers, HP. "The latest chapter in this history marks more than 8 million ProLiant servers and more than 50,000 blade servers sold. No other hardware vendor offers a more complete server offering, which makes it easier for customers to integrate this legacy of innovation and better compete in their own businesses."

HP ProLiant: innovation today, tomorrow and beyond
"We have come to know HP as a trusted technology partner that provides the products, services and solutions which support many parts of our business," said Kevin Timmons, director, engineering operations, Yahoo!. "Yahoo! has a global user base of 245 million unique visitors per month, and the reliability of our IT infrastructure is a key component of our success. We rely on more than 7,000 industry-standard HP ProLiant servers to ensure secure and continuous operation of our consumer web site, as well as our back-end applications."

"Townsend Analytics prides itself on providing customers with fast, reliable trading data - and HP ProLiant servers play a crucial role in helping us uphold this commitment," said Mike Felix, director of marketing, Townsend Analytics. "Keeping our customers connected to the exchanges through our RealTick trading system is of vital importance as market activity increases."

"We chose HP ProLiant servers as the infrastructure to power our external web applications for our sales people, and also power our new ERP software and Intranet, as we needed a solution and not just a piece of hardware," said Shawn Faulkingham, director of information technology, Indoff Incorporated. "HP is the only company with both innovative IT solutions for the real world and an affordable price point. I feel confident in HP's ability to keep us up and running no matter constraints of business."

Today, companies of all sizes trust more of their infrastructure and mission-critical computing to the x86 platform and even blade servers. These same companies are also using a combination of Windows® and Linux on the IA-32 platform and leading software products from Oracle, SAP and other companies to power their businesses better, faster and more affordably.

As the world's leading provider of IA-32 and blade solutions across multiple operating systems and platforms, HP is using aggressive pricing strategies to differentiate its enterprise product offering and increase market share.

HP solidified its position as the leading worldwide x86 server vendor with 31.9 percent market factory revenue share and 32.3 percent share of shipments in the third quarter of 2003.(1)

HP ProLiant: a decade of innovation
"Ten years ago I challenged my CEO to grow the business faster than HP's ProLiant family of industry-standard servers could scale to meet our needs. After 10 years of growth averaging in excess of 20 percent CAGR, we still run our entire company on the ProLiant platform and see no limitations in scalability to meet our future demands," said Jim Prevo, vice president and chief information officer, Green Mountain Coffee Roasters, Inc. "Our installed base of 60 ProLiant servers runs 100 percent of our applications and delivers dependable, cost-effective performance to our users every day of the year."

HP has built the industry's broadest portfolio of industry-standard products and solutions to provide the essential tools and support that help businesses of all sizes stay competitive. Servers in the HP ProLiant family range from single-processor file and print servers to virtualized blades to powerful eight-processor servers supporting complex mission-critical applications. In November 2003, HP introduced the HP ProLiant 100 series, which is ideal for both small- and medium-size businesses and compute-intensive cluster environments.

Other HP ProLiant server key innovations and milestones:

More information about HP ProLiant servers is available at

About HP
HP is a technology solutions provider to consumers, businesses and institutions globally. The company's offerings span IT infrastructure, personal computing and access devices, global services and imaging and printing. For the fiscal year ending on Oct. 31, 2003, HP revenue totaled $73.1 billion. More information about HP is available at

(1) IDC Worldwide Quarterly Server Tracker, Nov. 27, 2003.

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