Compaq Broadens Linux Solutions With World Record Benchmark, High-Availability Linux Clusters, and Open Source Portal Underscores Market Leadership and Commitment to Fast-Growing Server Operating

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    NEW YORK, Jan. 31 /PRNewswire/ -- Addressing the burgeoning demand for
 highly available, reliable Linux solutions, Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ)
 today announced several new offerings for the open source community, including
 a marketing relationship with SteelEye Technology(TM) to provide Linux
 clustering on Compaq ProLiant(TM) server and StorageWorks(TM) storage
 platforms, a new performance benchmark for the ultra-dense Compaq ProLiant
 DL320 server and a portal for the open source community.  Compaq is showcasing
 these and other Linux solutions, including Linux-based Compaq iPAQ(TM) devices
 and IA-64 technology, at the LinuxWorld Conference and Expo, booth 1639 in New
 York.
     Compaq also announced that the latest version of Cplant(TM) Antarctica at
 Sandia is currently the largest 'production' Linux cluster in the world, with
 the recent addition of 1,300 Compaq AlphaServer(TM) computers to the cluster.
 This supercomputer produces technical results to aid ongoing science projects.
 This spring, some additional 800 systems will be added to Cplant, which
 researchers expect to place it among the top 20 supercomputers in the world
 and reinforce its claim to Linux leadership.
     "Compaq is continuing its long tradition of making our Linux-optimized
 technology available to the open source community," said Gary Campbell, Vice
 President and Chief Technical Officer, Enterprise Servers at Compaq.  "These
 new ProLiant server solutions and our new open source portal will contribute
 significant ease-of-use, deployment, and management benefits for Linux
 customers."
     Today's news builds on recent Compaq Linux support announcements for its
 industry-standard ProLiant servers and high-performance AlphaServer(TM)
 platforms, including pre-installed Red Hat and Caldera on select ProLiant
 servers in North America, and TurboLinux in Japan, as well as Compaq
 Management Agents for Linux that support the best performance, fault and
 configuration tools available in the industry.  In December, Compaq released
 an Alpha Linux Java Development Kit to public beta, and is working with Java
 application developers such as Lutris Technology to bring the power of Alpha
 to their Java applications.  Compaq also announced support for large memory on
 its Alpha Linux portfolio (up to 32 GB in the AlphaServer ES40).
 
     SteelEye High Availability Linux Clusters for ProLiant
     Compaq is further enhancing its clustering solutions on ProLiant(TM)
 servers and StorageWorks(TM) storage units by entering into a joint marketing
 agreement with SteelEye Technology to promote SteelEye's LifeKeeper(R) for
 Linux cluster software on a range of ProLiant server and StorageWorks storage
 options.  Compaq is entering into this agreement to provide customers new
 clustering options for application and data availability.
     The LifeKeeper for Linux software running on ProLiant servers is targeted
 at UNIX users looking for a more cost-effective solution, or Linux customers
 who are interested in a scalable, high-availability application and data
 solution.  For example, these solutions are ideal for customers who need to
 protect data and credit card applications, retailers who need continuous
 availability for retail point-of-sale solutions, as well as banking/credit
 union ATM providers.  An enterprise-grade reliability clustering solution that
 ensures highly available critical business applications, servers and data,
 LifeKeeper for Linux 3.1 offers configuration flexibility through support for
 multiple clustered Intel architecture-based servers, new Linux distributions,
 SCSI storage and, now, Fibre Channel-based Storage Area Networks (SANs).
 LifeKeeper for Linux is available for immediate shipping on select ProLiant
 models, as well as the Compaq RA 4100 StorageWorks unit.  To learn more about
 Linux clusters for ProLiant, please visit
 www.compaq.com/solutions/enterprise/ha_linux_clusters.html.
 
     Compaq ProLiant DL 320 Server Demonstrates Superior SPECweb99 Performance
     Compaq today also announced that the ProLiant DL320 server, with a
 Pentium III EB 800-MHz processor, set an unprecedented 1,438 simultaneous
 connections on Red Hat Linux 7.0 -- a SPECweb99 performance record among one-
 processor servers.  The record represents the number of simultaneous
 connections that this web server can maintain while meeting a benchmark-
 specified server throughput (benchmark-specified Web server tasks).  By
 supporting the most number of connections on a Web server, Compaq is able to
 offer its Linux customers the highest availability and most traffic.
 SPECweb99 continues the SPEC tradition of giving Web users the most objective
 and representative benchmark for measuring a system's ability to act as a Web
 server.  For more information about SPEC or the SPECweb99 benchmark, visit
 http://www.spec.org/osg/web99/.
 
     Opensource.Compaq.com -- Portal for the Open Source Community
     In addition to the clustering solution, Compaq is launching a new portal
 today, providing Compaq-sponsored downloadable technology, open source
 projects, technical papers, interviews and articles.  The site reflects
 Compaq's commitment to open source development by providing a community forum
 for Compaq-sponsored open source development projects.
     With the launch of opensource.Compaq.com, Compaq also announced PCI Hot
 Plug for Linux, industry-standard technology pioneered by Compaq that offers
 customers higher availability by helping to eliminate both planned and
 unplanned downtime.  PCI Hot Plug gives customers the ability to remove,
 replace and add new PCI adapters, without having to power down the server or
 suspend any applications.
     Also included on the site are downloadable Compaq-developed tools: Linux
 Drivers and Hot Plug PCI controllers, and various client and performance
 projects.  Free downloadable software from Compaq's research labs includes the
 personal jukebox and the Itsy pocket reference computer.  The
 opensource.Compaq.com site follows the launch of Compaq-hosted handhelds.org,
 a site dedicated to open source handheld development.
 
     Leadership in Linux
     According to Q3 2000 figures from market research firm IDC, Compaq is the
 leader in server deployments running Linux, with 27% market share.  From
 Compaq iPAQ handheld devices to ProLiant and AlphaServer, Compaq offers the
 platforms that more customers choose to deploy their Linux-based solutions.
 Compaq's strategy is to support customers, not only by certifying platforms
 with the major Linux distributions, but also by providing global 24x7 support
 in Compaq call centers worldwide.
     Compaq continues to commit resources and management support to strengthen
 and extend its leadership in Linux platforms and services.  In addition,
 Compaq continues to establish top-tier relationships with the leading Linux
 players, and collaborate with commercial ISVs as they extend their
 applications and tools to Linux.  Compaq contributes regularly to open source
 projects and will continue to contribute intellectual property to help further
 the adoption of Linux in the enterprise.  Comprehensive information on
 Compaq's portfolio of Linux products and services is available at
 www.compaq.com/linux.
 
     About Compaq
     Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading
 global provider of technology and solutions.  Compaq designs, develops,
 manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services,
 including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant
 business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop
 and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than
 200 countries.  Information on Compaq and its products and services is
 available at http://www.compaq.com.
 
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current
 expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties.  The potential
 risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially
 include: component shortages, delays in the implementation of changes in
 delivery models, increased competitive environment and pricing pressures,
 delays in product rollout schedules, slow acceptance for new form factors,
 employee retention, disruptions related to restructuring actions, the
 financial condition of resellers, delays in new systems implementation,
 operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles, equity investment
 volatility, and emerging market political or economic instability.  Further
 information on the factors that could affect Compaq's financial results is
 included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings,
 including the latest Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q and the Annual Report on
 Form 10-K, which will be filed shortly.  *Linux is a trademark of Linus
 Torvalds.
 
 

SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation

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