HP Expands Commitment to Linux

New Products and Services Advance Linux as Part of HP's Multi-OS Strategy

Palo Alto, Calif., Aug. 14, 2000

Hewlett-Packard Company today expanded its commitment to Linux as a strategic operating system, unveiling a number of products and services as part of its multi-OS strategy for HP-UX1, 64-bit Windows® 2000 and Linux.

"We are expanding the Linux distributions and Linux-based mission-critical environments we support," said Duane Zitzner, president, HP Computing Systems. "Having HP's always-on infrastructure in the OS of their choice will allow our customers to profit from today's e-services environment."

Mission-critical Management and Availability Software

HP intends to make MC/ServiceGuard running on Linux available for customers in early 2001. This product fills customers' need for high availability and fail-over capabilities for a range of applications. At LinuxWorld, HP will demonstrate MC/ServiceGuard with ServiceGuard Extension for SAP, Apache and SAMBA on the HP NetServer system.

"We've entrusted our entire infrastructure to HP, from Linux Web and cache servers to back-end databases running on HP 9000 servers using MC/ServiceGuard," said Adjit Gupta, president and chief executive officer of Speedera Networks, a provider of integrated global traffic management and content delivery services for the Internet. "HP has been a great partner. With its help, we've deployed our Universal Delivery Network to provide global delivery services."

HP is porting several software products that help manage Linux in mission-critical environments, including HP TopTools device manager for business desktops and HP NetServer systems. HP OpenView already supports Linux agents for VantagePoint Operations, Network Node Manager and OmniBack. WebQoS is available on Linux for Web transaction peak management. These products provide tools for mission-critical management and high availability.

HP Reaches Out to ISVs, Developers

HP is developing a Linux runtime environment that allows Linux software binaries to run on HP-UX for IA-64 systems. This helps developers by eliminating the need for recompiling when moving from Linux development to deployment. Recently, HP announced Linux API support on HP-UX for PA-RISC2 systems.

HP has expanded its Linux ISV program, which offers software developers access to IA-64 systems through its Solution Partner Program.

HP and Intel also released a kit for IA-64 software development on IA-32 systems, available at http://www.software.hp.com/ia64linux.

Lifecycle of Services for Linux Environments

HP will deliver high-availability packaged services supporting the Linux high-availability functionality release scheduled for this fall. Global installation, integration and multivendor network services for Linux are being added to complement HP's current Linux support and education offerings.

Expanded Linux Support and Certification for Desktops and Servers

The addition of Linux certification for Caldera, SuSE, TurboLinux and Debian to HP NetServer systems makes HP a leading manufacturer supporting Linux across the entire PC server platform. Linuxcare is performing the testing and certification. HP continues to support Red Hat, providing customers with choices for Linux on HP NetServer systems. Linuxcare also certifies HP's business desktop PC platforms -- the HP Vectra PC, HP Brio PC, HP Kayak PC Workstation, and e-PC -- for Red Hat, Caldera, SuSE and TurboLinux.

PC Workstations Bundled with Linux

HP will bundle its Kayak XM600 and XU800 PC Workstation models with TurboLinux Workstation 6.0.

Linux on HP's 64-bit PA-RISC Architecture -- Developer's Release

Working with open source developers and Linuxcare, HP has ported Linux to its 64-bit PA-RISC architecture. The developer release is available for free at http://www.parisc-linux.org and at LinuxWorld.

Stress-Free Storage

The HP SureStore E Disk Array XP256 and XP512 support Red Hat Linux in both direct and SAN connect configurations. With multi-terabyte scalability, a broad storage software portfolio and high-availability features, the XP family offers Linux customers a new level of storage support.

HP's tape drive data-protection units are fully certified as Linux compatible.3 Ultrium, an open industry tape standard that is scheduled to launch in the fall, will be Linux compatible.


The Linux version of OpenMail, HP's business messaging solution, has surpassed a million users in less than a year.

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services -- is focused on making technology and its benefits accessible to individuals and businesses through simple appliances, useful e-services and an Internet infrastructure that's always on.

HP has 86,000 employees worldwide and had total revenue from continuing operations of $42.4 billion in its 1999 fiscal year. Information about HP and its products can be found on the World Wide Web at http://www.hp.com.

More information on HP and Linux is available at http://www.hp.com/go/linux.

  1. HP-UX Release 10.20 and later and HP-UX Release 11.00 and later (in both 32- and 64-bit configurations) on all HP 9000 computers are Open Group UNIX 95 branded products.
  2. PA-RISC stands for Precision Architecture-reduced-instruction-set computing.
  3. More information on certification process is available at http://www.linuxtapecert.org.

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