HP Unveils New Linux Solutions for Enterprise, Telecommunications Customers at LinuxWorld
Expands Linux Software, Hardware and Services; CEO Fiorina to Deliver Opening Keynote Address
PALO ALTO, Calif., Jan. 29, 2002
Hewlett-Packard Company (NYSE:HWP) today expanded its range of Linux-based solutions with new systems, software and services for business and telecommunications customers and network equipment providers.
The company introduced new offerings in its services portfolio for Linux, a pay-per-use utility pricing program for Linux service providers, the availability of Linux-based carrier-grade servers and a developer's platform for HP Opencall software. These announcements further solidify HP's leadership position in delivering comprehensive Linux solutions and reflect its drive to broaden the value and accelerate the adoption of Linux solutions for businesses and consumers.
"Linux is clearly attracting customers in a variety of markets who are adopting this technology to achieve increased productivity, greater efficiency and lower costs," said Carly Fiorina, HP chairman and chief executive officer. "By partnering with the Linux development and open source communities, HP is able to deliver a full set of applications, based on open industry standards, that help customers address real-world business challenges and opportunities."
Fiorina will deliver the opening keynote address at the LinuxWorld conference on Wednesday, Jan. 30. She will discuss the progress of Linux, showcase Linux solutions that customers are implementing today, and highlight the benefits that HP's pending merger with Compaq are expected to bring to Linux adoption.
HP, in collaboration with its partners, provides Linux-based solutions to companies such as Amazon, BMW, Boeing, HSBC's Brazilian bank operations, Nokia, Mexico's Penoles mining company, Speedera, ViaWest and Verizon's India operations.
"HP is working with us to develop and implement a complete Linux solution, including servers, customized software and consulting services, to help us rebuild our branch automation system and seamlessly integrate with our central data center, enabling us to increase time-to-market and better meet our customer needs," said Rumi Contractor, chief information officer, HSBC Brazil. "We chose Linux on HP systems because of HP's support of open standards and the integrated, open source software that gives us flexibility and independence from proprietary platforms, helping reduce our operating costs."
HP customers and partners will be on hand in HP's booth (No. 723) at LinuxWorld, where the company will demonstrate its Linux solutions and services. Featured products include HP's Linux-based compute clusters, Linux-based workstations, carrier-grade servers, Linux solutions for HP Officejet and inkjet printers, and software manageability offerings including HP Servicecontrol Manager, HP Toptools and HP MC/Serviceguard. The company also will demonstrate the HP Opencall Linux software developer's kit (SDK) and show a prototype smart handheld appliance using HP Chai-LX software. In addition, HP experts will be available to discuss Linux support, education services and consulting services.
"To ensure long-term success, Linux needs to gain wider enterprise adoption and an increased presence in Internet infrastructure," said Martin Fink, general manager, HP Linux Systems Operation. "This is precisely where HP continues to focus its R&D efforts and collaborate with other Linux and open standards leaders."
To help global businesses maximize the potential and minimize the risks of new Linux deployments, HP has extended its current IT infrastructure consulting to include the Linux platform and enhanced its Linux-based integration and deployment services.
Expanded infrastructure service offerings for Linux include porting and migration services, security services and telecommunications application services. Similar to services programs offered for HP-UX and Windows®, HP helps customers to capitalize on Linux's potential in the enterprise by offering end-to-end services and support.
HP has extended its outsourcing services program to include Linux for running and managing customer operations and IT infrastructures. In addition, HP will test, deploy and maintain the Linux solutions it installs.
HP's pay-per-use utility pricing program for Linux, expected to be available in spring 2002, allows service providers to better align information technology costs with revenues as technology use fluctuates over time. With the program they can respond more effectively to unexpected capacity needs and pay for capacity only when it is used. HP also offers pay-per-use programs for HP-UX and Windows systems.
HP today unveiled two carrier-grade servers based on open industry-standard technologies, including Linux and the Intelâ architecture, for the telecommunications industry. This approach enables HP to offer leading performance and density at a low cost.
HP's carrier-grade servers running Linux are designed to reduce time and risk in deploying and managing network infrastructure, while reducing operational costs for maintenance. The servers, along with HP carrier-grade storage, are ideal for network applications and contribute to the ability to generate new revenue streams quickly and profitably. The servers are 1U to 2U, Intel-based and NEBS Level 3 compliant.
HP Opencall SS7 Linux Development Platform
The HP Opencall SS7 Linux Development Platform is an Intel-based platform that connects to the telecom network and allows developers creating SS7-based solutions with the Linux SDK to live test them in real network environments. The comprehensive HP Opencall line, comprising hardware and software, is a market share leader within the telecommunications industry for signaling, service development and voice-interactive platforms for SS7-based and converged SS7-IP services.
About Linux at HP
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