HP Rolls Out Innovative Blade PC bc1000 for Enterprise

5/3/2004 - HP announced availability of the HP Blade PC bc1000 as part of the HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure (CCI) solution, originally unveiled in December. HP is the first major technology vendor to develop and market its own virtual PC solution that truly improves return on IT investment for enterprise customers.

Building on HP's leading virtualization solutions and the industry's broadest blade server portfolio, CCI offers a virtualized PC solution enabling businesses to consolidate and optimize computing and storage resources for better security and manageability while maintaining a high-quality, personalized desktop experience for end-users.

"HP's CCI moves all the infrastructure into the data center, where it's more secure and can be easily maintained," said Keith LeFebvre, vice president of business PCs, North America Personal Systems Group, HP. "Today, according to recent studies, enterprise companies may spend as much as $8,000(1) to maintain a traditional PC throughout its lifecycle; CCI can cut that IT spend in half for customers, and save up to $1,200 in support costs per user each year versus a traditional desktop PC."(2)

The industry-standard HP CCI solution consists of an access device - an HP Compaq Thin Client is recommended - that connects through a secure log-in to an HP blade PC bc1000 and network storage located in a centralized data center.

"Blade PCs represent a highly viable substitute for standard desktop PCs in enterprises that value tighter security, better optimized floor space and lower operating costs," said Roger Kay, vice president of Client Computing at technology market research firm IDC. "Lower operating costs can result from labor savings on installations; moves, adds and changes; security patch distribution; software updating; and other centrally managed tasks."

Overall benefits of CCI include:

Product specifications, pricing and availability
The HP Blade PC bc1000 features a 1.0 gigahertz Transmeta EfficeonTM 8000 processor, 40-gigabyte ultra ATA/100 hard drive and up to 1,024 megabytes of double data rate SDRAM.

"Transmeta's Efficeon processors provide HP Blade PC bc1000 users with an exceptional combination of the high performance they expect from the latest PC technology and energy efficiency to lower operational costs," said Arthur L. Swift, senior vice president of marketing, Transmeta. "The Efficeon processor is instrumental in enabling very high compute density for these innovative HP systems in a market where performance per watt in a given unit of space is critical to customers."

The bc1000 is available in North America and is planned to be available in other regions at a later date. Pricing for the bc1000 starts at an estimated Internet list price of $820(3) per blade.

Customized CCI solutions including HP Blade PCs, HP Compaq thin clients, network storage, complete solution implementation, training and a support contract start at less than $1,399 per seat.(3)

Recommended HP Services offerings that will optimize and expedite a CCI deployment include implementation services, project management, installation, and customer orientation and training. The support contract includes telephone support, problem analysis and resolution, software and operational support, and more. With extensive CCI training and delivery expertise, HP Services will work with customers to customize the best design and implementation of the CCI solution as well as quantify the potential cost savings upfront.

Additional information about the HP Blade PC bc1000 and the HP Consolidated Client Infrastructure solution is available at http://www.hp.com/go/cci.

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.

(1) Source for this analysis is from Gartner PC TCO Analysis, Meta Group and HP research and analysis.
(2) HP estimate of average support cost savings due to CCI implementation over a typical DT PC implementation during a four-year period based on a hypothetical customer with 10,000 users in a single environment with 70 percent concurrent access.
(3) Actual prices may vary.

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