HP Delivers Enhanced HP-UX 11 for E-services, Internet Computing

HP Packages Web Serving, Availability, Hosting and Security Capabilities with HP-UX 11 for Companies Ready to Go "Mission-critical" on the Web

Palo Alto, Calif., Sept. 15, 1999

Continuing to deliver on its e-services initiative, Hewlett-Packard Company today announced enhancements to the HP-UX1 11 operating environment. The enhancements extend HP's leadership in mission-critical computing to the Internet by significantly reducing deployment complexity, application downtime and security risks for companies eager to bring their businesses onto the Web.

"HP-UX 11 is Internet-critical and e-services ready," said Patrick Rogers, worldwide marketing manager for HP's Business Critical Computing Business Unit. "The most pressing needs for companies that want to Internet-enable their businesses are manageable and scalable infrastructure tools, application availability and security. We're taking a big step toward eliminating those concerns with an operating environment optimized for Internet-centric computing that helps reduce the risks and uncertainty related to deploying and operating Web-based business solutions."

To streamline what has been a resource-intensive process in the past, the enhanced HP-UX 11 includes several capabilities designed to get Internet solutions up and running quickly. HP's E-speak brokering software is now packaged with the operating environment to accelerate the development and deployment of new e-services. The industry's most popular Web servers, Netscape Fast Track and Zeus Lite, as well as the Netscape LDAP Lite directory services, have also been added to provide customers with out-of-the-box Web hosting.

Additionally, HP-UX 11 now includes Common Data Security Architecture (CDSA) software. CDSA makes it simple for multinational companies and service providers to comply with strict and often cumbersome government encryption regulations. CDSA enables international users to configure software licenses quickly and effortlessly to the encryption standards of any country.

To help ensure greater application availability, HP-UX 11 has been enhanced with several new management capabilities, including WebQoS. This software allows ISPs and other Web hosts to actively manage the browsing experience of their visitors by monitoring traffic congestion, site usage and server latency during periods of heavy browsing, enabling site operators to take proactive steps to maintain acceptable response times.

HP-UX 11 also includes dynamic processor resilience and dynamic memory resilience to recognize imminent processor and memory failures prior to system breakdowns. Vulnerable system components are shut down and their workloads are transferred to fully functional system resources. In addition, HP-UX 11 has added HP's service-control framework that integrates Ignite/UX, SD/UX, System Configuration Repository and HP Event Monitoring Service. This framework enables Web-based anytime, anywhere software distribution; server configuration; and real-time system monitoring and reporting for faster problem diagnosis and resolution.

To facilitate more secure Internet computing, HP-UX 11 includes IPsec software that enables secure end-to-end communication over the Internet for ISP customers, e-commerce and remote corporate access. Among the most significant capabilities of IPsec is "tunneling," which allows authorized remote users to access applications and data protected by Internet firewalls.

"Companies want to move onto the Net, but they have valid concerns about potential downtime, security liabilities and overall control," said Rogers. "We believe the enhanced HP-UX 11 will put many of those fears to rest and allow companies to exploit the full power of the Internet while providing an ideal platform for the delivery of e-services."

Pricing and Availability

The enhanced HP-UX 11 is scheduled to ship on Oct. 1. Customers purchasing HP 9000 N-Class and V-Class Enterprise Servers, as well as future versions of the HP 9000, will receive an unlimited HP-UX 11 user license at no charge.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services.

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HP has 123,500 employees worldwide and had total revenue of $47.1 billion in its 1998 fiscal year. Information about HP, its products and the company's Year 2000 program can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

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