Speedera Deliver Mars Rover Images and Other Cosmic Wonders with HP

3/15/2004 - HP announced that Santa Clara-based Speedera Networks - a leading global provider of on-demand distributed application and content delivery services - has deployed Linux-based HP ProLiant DL360 servers to enhance its network performance and capacity. This has enabled Speedera to deliver extremely popular Internet content such as the current Mars rover images as well as the European Space Agency's recent launch of its Rosetta comet chaser mission.

"We needed an experienced partner we could trust to deliver robust technology solutions to help us support two of the world's most ambitious space projects to date as well as the demanding everyday needs of our global customer base," said Ajit Gupta, president and chief executive officer, Speedera Networks. "HP ProLiant servers are optimized for Linux and deliver the performance and availability we need to successfully deliver content without fail. Speedera's services are not exclusively for large enterprises but also enable small- to medium-size firms to reap the same benefits of an enterprise-class network based on HP servers."

Speedera's distributed on-demand computing services are layered on top of industry-standard HP ProLiant servers running Linux located around the world to provide massive delivery capacity and shorten download times for visitors requesting content from NASA, the European Space Agency and many other popular Web sites, including FOX Broadcasting, Sony Music Entertainment, Network Associates, Macromedia.

Users are able to download the Mars rover images without experiencing time-outs, interruptions or delays despite the rich graphical content, the sheer volume of traffic and the wide audience dispersal, with 25 percent of site visitors coming from outside the United States.

According to NASA, the number of hits to the space agency's Web portal has exceeded 7.5 billion during the first two months of 2004, more than Earth's entire human population. Peak traffic reached nearly seven gigabits per second in January alone. The total content delivered to the public measured at more than nine times the equivalent of all the words in all the books in the U.S. Library of Congress.

"As the leading technology provider to small- and medium-size businesses, HP continues to build on its Smart Office initiative to make technology more reliable, uncomplicated and easy to own," said Robyn West, vice president of small and medium business, HP Americas. "HP has a multi-OS (operating system) strategy of Linux, Windows and HP-UX that enables us to offer commercial customers choice in their OS configurations. Our Linux-based HP ProLiant servers offer Speedera Networks a powerful, reliable and easy-to-manage solution that will meet the challenging demands of its customers today and well into the future."

"HP's commitment to space has been gaining momentum over the past 30 years, beginning with Apollo and continuing with support of the Mars Exploration Rovers through vendors like Speedera Networks, which is delivering content for our Web portal," said Jeanne Holm, NASA's portal project manager and JPL's chief knowledge architect. "We have been impressed with the speed and success of the project teams that have come together to deliver highly reliable computing systems and services that deliver public access to the largest scientific event ever viewed on the Internet."

HP delivers big results for fast growing company
In preparation for such widely anticipated events as the NASA's Mars Exploration Rover and ESA's Rosetta comet chaser missions, Speedera Networks - one of the fastest growing private companies in Silicon Valley according to the Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal survey for 2003 (documented by PricewaterhouseCoopers) - has deployed zero density-optimized ProLiant DL360 servers configured with a Smart Array 6402 Controller to deliver more continuous uptime for mission-critical Web hosting applications.

Speedera's broad global distribution network reduces costly downtime, delivers the reliability and the 24 x 7 x 365 uptime performance end-users visiting popular Web sites such as http://www.nasa.gov and http://www.esa.int have come to demand and expect.

The quantity and broad distribution of HP Linux-based servers gives Speedera Networks the distinction of being one of the largest distributed Linux networks in the world. With their space-saving design and redundant system architecture, the HP servers with HP Integrated Lights-out technology and Remote Insight Lights-out Edition boards provide virtual presence and control capabilities that enable Speedera's Network Operation Center to efficiently and remotely manage its distributed on-demand computing services from any location around the world.

More information about Speedera Networks is available at http://www.speedera.com.

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 last four fiscal quarters, HP revenue totaled $74.7 billion. More information about HP (NYSE, Nasdaq: HPQ) is available at http://www.hp.com.

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