HP Rolls Out Advanced Open Telecom Platform for Telecom Industry

10/11/2004 - HP announced a new comprehensive framework that is specifically designed to help network and service providers adapt to the market forces that are re-shaping the $219 billion communications industry.(1)

The Advanced Open Telecom Platform (AOTP) advances HP's strategy to leverage modular, standards-based technologies, enhance them to meet the stringent requirements of telecom operating environments and build them into the heart of voice, data and media networks.

HP AOTP has as its foundation the industry's most complete array of commercial and carrier-grade platforms (rack-mount, blade and custom), but it is much more than hardware. HP AOTP is a comprehensive framework of enabling technologies that incorporates a portfolio of operating systems including carrier-grade Linux, telecom network software such as HP OpenCall and OpenView, and SAF-compliant management software. It also includes platform testing and validation, consulting and integration services, global sales and customer support, and a large network of tightly linked solution partners.

As part of its investment to create AOTP, HP also plans to bring to market a new telecom-specific blade server that is based on the emerging industry standard, called Advanced Telecom Computing Architecture (AdvancedTCA®), based on Intel® processors.

HP AOTP brings commercial off-the-shelf technology (COTS) to telecom industry
As an IT company with 25 years of experience in voice and data networks, HP is in a unique position to bring to network and service providers the benefits of commercial off-the-shelf technology. Modular, standards-based technologies are the foundation of HP's Adaptive Enterprise strategy to synchronize business with IT - and now of AOTP as well.

With AOTP, HP and network equipment providers can build modular solutions that give operators the agility they need to increase revenue through new services and faster time-to-market - while reducing structural cost and risk.

"HP is the only major IT company that is at the crossroads of telecom and commercial information technology, and that's why telecom equipment providers continue to rely on HP as a single point of accountability for their complex needs," said Sebastiano Tevarotto, vice president and general manager, Network and Service Provider Business Unit, HP. "The HP AOTP integrates our products and expertise, as well as our key partners, into a single, coherent program that creates tremendous business value for equipment providers and operators."

Operators need low-cost, agile networks to deliver new personalized services
Operators today must be able to create, deploy and manage, not just a few "killer apps" for a mass market, but hundreds of niche voice and data services that are personalized to fit individual lifestyles - possibly for only limited time periods. For this new market, operators must migrate away from closed, proprietary network infrastructures, which are too cumbersome and too costly for today's fast-moving and highly competitive markets.

The HP AOTP includes:

New AdvancedTCA blade server key component of HP AOTP
HP's new blade server is a significant addition to the HP AOTP. As a complement to HP's leadership in the blade market, the new AdvancedTCA blade server is specifically designed to meet the needs of network and service providers. HP, as the first Premier member of the Intel Communications Alliance, is working closely with Intel to drive AdvancedTCA as the standard for telecom blade computing.

"Network equipment and service providers are demanding solutions built on industry standard specifications such as AdvancedTCA," said Howard Bubb, vice president and general manager, Communications Infrastructure Group, Intel. "HP's strategic move to integrate their standards-based communications products based on Intel components offers their network equipment and service provider customers a significant time-to-market advantage."

The new AdvancedTCA blade offering from HP is planned to include an ATCA chassis, server blades based on Intel 32-bit and 64-bit Itanium processors, plus a collection of accessory blades for storage, input/output and networking. Linux will be the preferred operating system. HP will continue to support servers based on the current PICMG® standard during development of the AdvancedTCA products.

"Network Equipment Providers (NEPs) are seeking open standards based, flexible solutions, such as HP's Advanced Open Telecom Platform, that best address the need to reduce costs while delivering greater value to their customers," said Eric Mantion, senior analyst, In-Stat/MDR. "AdvancedTCA-based blades are a core component of AOTP and are huge step forward for the telecom equipment market with an estimated $15.7 billion worth of AdvancedTCA-based gear expected to ship in 2008. HP's decision to embrace this new standard will help to reinforce HP's position with the NEPs and will help service providers to roll out new services more cost-effectively then ever before at a benefit to everyone involved."

Additional information on HP AOTP is available at http://www.hp.com/go/nsp

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 four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2004, HP revenue totaled $78.4 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

(1) "Market Take: Global Communications," Gartner Group, July 2004.

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