Compaq Announces New Linux Initiatives and Extends Commitment to Open Source Community

Leads Industry With 30.5 Percent Linux Server Revenue Market Share



Jun 18, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its long commitment to the
 open source community, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ) today expanded
 its Linux leadership with six strategic initiatives to meet global customer
 demand for commercially viable Linux enterprise solutions -- from the
 infrastructure to the edge of the network.  Compaq's new Linux-focused
 initiatives and capabilities include high-performance Beowulf clustering, a
 program for interoperability and portability between Linux and UNIX,
 investment and participation in a Linux lab, training and certifying system
 engineers, contributing SSI clustering technology to the open source, and
 fostering development of Linux applications for handheld devices.
     According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Compaq ProLiant(TM)
 servers are the industry-leading server platform for Linux, with 22 percent
 market share in server shipments for the first quarter of 2001-winning out
 over Linux servers from major industry competitors including IBM and Dell.
 For the year 2000, Compaq leads the industry with a 30.5 percent revenue
 market share for all Linux server shipments.
     "As the Linux platform becomes more commercially viable, customers around
 the world are turning to Compaq for innovative technology, strong
 partnerships, and proven solutions," said Michael Winkler, executive vice
 president, Global Business Units, Compaq Computer Corporation.  "Our ten years
 of experience with the open source community ensures customers that the Linux
 solutions they deploy on Compaq systems will dovetail easily with their
 existing IT infrastructures and offer the same superior levels of
 interoperability, manageability, and performance they expect from Compaq."
 
     Industry's First Beowulf Clustering on Industry-Standard ProLiant Servers
     Compaq is the pioneer of clustering technology, with more than 20 years of
 experience in both high-performance and high-availability clustering.  Now,
 Compaq is drawing on its expertise in building high performance technical
 computing clusters on AlphaServer, and partnering with leading Linux players
 to deliver Beowulf clustering solutions on the industry-standard ProLiant
 server platform.  This significant advancement enables small and large
 enterprises to build supercomputer-like clusters ranging from 16 to 512 or
 more servers (nodes) for high-compute applications such as those needed in the
 oil and gas, aerospace, finance, and biotechnology industries.
     Compaq's new industry partners, whose expertise in Linux Beowulf
 clustering solutions include fully integrated Linux Beowulf operating systems,
 middleware and industry-specific applications, are:  San Diego Supercomputer
 Center's NPACI Rocks; Scientific Computing Associates' Linda and Paradise
 middleware for parallel and distributed application development; Scyld
 Computing Corporation's next generation Beowulf Operating System; and
 Turbogenomics' Turbo Blast and TurboHub for Bioinformatics analysis.
 
     Enhancing Development of Robust Enterprise Linux Solutions
     Compaq is enhancing its long-standing global alliance with Oracle
 Corporation to advance development of Linux solutions, and will participate in
 the Oracle(R) Linux Lab to optimize kernel development and performance.
 Oracle last week demonstrated its recently released Oracle9i Real Application
 Cluster technology on industry-standard ProLiant DL580 servers running Linux.
     "Oracle and Compaq continue to deliver leading edge solutions to the
 enterprise," said, Mike Rocha, senior vice president, Oracle.  "Working
 together in the Linux lab capitalizes on our respective strengths and
 expertise in developing more reliable and scalable next-generation Linux
 applications."
 
     Providing the Industry's Best Linux and UNIX Interoperability and
 Portability
     Compaq's new Linux and Tru64 Affinity Program enables customers to combine
 the best in low-cost open source Linux solutions on ProLiant servers with the
 most robust, scalable, and easiest-to-manage UNIX in the market, Tru64 UNIX.
 Compaq's Linux and Tru64 Affinity Program will offer a comprehensive portfolio
 of software tools and services that allow both interoperability and
 application mobility within mixed Linux and Tru64 UNIX environments.
     With the Linux and Tru64 Affinity Program, customers can seamlessly
 implement a mixed environment of Linux on Compaq ProLiant or AlphaServer
 Systems and Tru64 UNIX with common user interfaces, applications, and
 management capabilities.  In addition, customers can protect their investments
 by developing applications on Linux and moving them to Tru64 UNIX or vice-
 versa for increased reliability, availability and serviceability, and overall
 lower deployment costs.
 
     Making server clusters more manageable through open source SSI
     To make enterprise server clusters more manageable, Compaq has made its
 Single System Image (SSI) Clustering Technology available on Linux and is
 working with the open source community to make SSI clusters ready for
 production.  SSI treats multiple servers as if they were one server, giving
 administrators and application users a single view of the cluster to simplify
 common system tasks such as load balancing, server expansion on demand,
 password sign-on, software upgrades, and application access.
     Compaq will make key infrastructure pieces available first, and then the
 full SSI technology.  The first components being released are a kernel-to-
 kernel communication subsystem and a kernel resident membership service that
 also enables more loosely coupled high availability and load balancing
 clusters.
 
     Industry's First Linux Accreditation Program
     To meet the growing demand for qualified Linux system engineers, Compaq is
 adding an Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) certification level for Linux to
 the Compaq Accredited Professionals Program (CAPP) and aligning its
 certification requirements with partners Red Hat and SAIR with plans underway
 to include Linux Professional Institute (LPI).  Compaq Accredited
 Professionals are trained to plan, deploy, troubleshoot and maintain their
 company's systems and solutions.  They include Compaq customers, authorized
 resellers, service providers and integration specialists, plus information-
 management personnel responsible for Compaq solutions and systems.
 
     Driving New Linux Applications for handheld devices with a Developers
 Contest
     To drive development and adoption of Linux applications on handheld
 devices such as the Compaq iPAQ, Compaq announced an application development
 contest for handheld devices.  A number of contest winners including one grand
 prize winner will be announced at Linux World in August 2001.
 
     Compaq Linux Solutions for the Enterprise
     Compaq provides Linux solutions from the edge of the network to the heart
 of the IT infrastructure.  From Compaq iPAQ handheld devices, to Compaq
 Professional Workstations to market-leading industry-standard ProLiant servers
 and high-performance AlphaServer systems, Compaq offers the platforms more
 customers choose for their Linux-based solutions.  Compaq supports customers
 not only by certifying platforms with the major Linux distributions, but also
 by providing global 24x7 support in Compaq call centers worldwide and
 professional services for IT assessment, architecture/design,
 implementation/integration and on-site management and training.
     "At DataPipe, we promise our customers rock solid network reliability and
 unlimited scalability across a variety of technologies, applications and
 operating systems," said Robb Allen, chief operating officer of DataPipe.
 "Compaq ProLiant servers allow us to deploy our Linux based applications with
 confidence -- their reliability and performance are second to none."  DataPipe
 is a provider of outsourced Web hosting and managed application services for
 companies conducting business on the Internet.
     More customers deploy Linux on Compaq ProLiant than any other server in
 the world.  Compaq ProLiant architecture for Linux delivers the foundation of
 e-business to customers with high availability, scalable clustering solutions,
 multi-system enterprise management tools and ultra-powerful density optimized
 servers.  For more information on Compaq's Linux initiatives, see
 http://www.compaq.com/linux .
 
     Company Background
     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 www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  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, among others:  market conditions,
 particularly in the U.S.; increased competitive environment and pricing
 pressures; disruptions related to restructuring activity and delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models.  Further information on these
 and other factors that could affect Compaq's financial results is included in
 Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the
 latest Annual Report on form 10-K and the latest quarterly report on Form
 10-Q.
 
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SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, June 18 /PRNewswire/ -- Building on its long commitment to the
 open source community, Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ) today expanded
 its Linux leadership with six strategic initiatives to meet global customer
 demand for commercially viable Linux enterprise solutions -- from the
 infrastructure to the edge of the network.  Compaq's new Linux-focused
 initiatives and capabilities include high-performance Beowulf clustering, a
 program for interoperability and portability between Linux and UNIX,
 investment and participation in a Linux lab, training and certifying system
 engineers, contributing SSI clustering technology to the open source, and
 fostering development of Linux applications for handheld devices.
     According to International Data Corporation (IDC), Compaq ProLiant(TM)
 servers are the industry-leading server platform for Linux, with 22 percent
 market share in server shipments for the first quarter of 2001-winning out
 over Linux servers from major industry competitors including IBM and Dell.
 For the year 2000, Compaq leads the industry with a 30.5 percent revenue
 market share for all Linux server shipments.
     "As the Linux platform becomes more commercially viable, customers around
 the world are turning to Compaq for innovative technology, strong
 partnerships, and proven solutions," said Michael Winkler, executive vice
 president, Global Business Units, Compaq Computer Corporation.  "Our ten years
 of experience with the open source community ensures customers that the Linux
 solutions they deploy on Compaq systems will dovetail easily with their
 existing IT infrastructures and offer the same superior levels of
 interoperability, manageability, and performance they expect from Compaq."
 
     Industry's First Beowulf Clustering on Industry-Standard ProLiant Servers
     Compaq is the pioneer of clustering technology, with more than 20 years of
 experience in both high-performance and high-availability clustering.  Now,
 Compaq is drawing on its expertise in building high performance technical
 computing clusters on AlphaServer, and partnering with leading Linux players
 to deliver Beowulf clustering solutions on the industry-standard ProLiant
 server platform.  This significant advancement enables small and large
 enterprises to build supercomputer-like clusters ranging from 16 to 512 or
 more servers (nodes) for high-compute applications such as those needed in the
 oil and gas, aerospace, finance, and biotechnology industries.
     Compaq's new industry partners, whose expertise in Linux Beowulf
 clustering solutions include fully integrated Linux Beowulf operating systems,
 middleware and industry-specific applications, are:  San Diego Supercomputer
 Center's NPACI Rocks; Scientific Computing Associates' Linda and Paradise
 middleware for parallel and distributed application development; Scyld
 Computing Corporation's next generation Beowulf Operating System; and
 Turbogenomics' Turbo Blast and TurboHub for Bioinformatics analysis.
 
     Enhancing Development of Robust Enterprise Linux Solutions
     Compaq is enhancing its long-standing global alliance with Oracle
 Corporation to advance development of Linux solutions, and will participate in
 the Oracle(R) Linux Lab to optimize kernel development and performance.
 Oracle last week demonstrated its recently released Oracle9i Real Application
 Cluster technology on industry-standard ProLiant DL580 servers running Linux.
     "Oracle and Compaq continue to deliver leading edge solutions to the
 enterprise," said, Mike Rocha, senior vice president, Oracle.  "Working
 together in the Linux lab capitalizes on our respective strengths and
 expertise in developing more reliable and scalable next-generation Linux
 applications."
 
     Providing the Industry's Best Linux and UNIX Interoperability and
 Portability
     Compaq's new Linux and Tru64 Affinity Program enables customers to combine
 the best in low-cost open source Linux solutions on ProLiant servers with the
 most robust, scalable, and easiest-to-manage UNIX in the market, Tru64 UNIX.
 Compaq's Linux and Tru64 Affinity Program will offer a comprehensive portfolio
 of software tools and services that allow both interoperability and
 application mobility within mixed Linux and Tru64 UNIX environments.
     With the Linux and Tru64 Affinity Program, customers can seamlessly
 implement a mixed environment of Linux on Compaq ProLiant or AlphaServer
 Systems and Tru64 UNIX with common user interfaces, applications, and
 management capabilities.  In addition, customers can protect their investments
 by developing applications on Linux and moving them to Tru64 UNIX or vice-
 versa for increased reliability, availability and serviceability, and overall
 lower deployment costs.
 
     Making server clusters more manageable through open source SSI
     To make enterprise server clusters more manageable, Compaq has made its
 Single System Image (SSI) Clustering Technology available on Linux and is
 working with the open source community to make SSI clusters ready for
 production.  SSI treats multiple servers as if they were one server, giving
 administrators and application users a single view of the cluster to simplify
 common system tasks such as load balancing, server expansion on demand,
 password sign-on, software upgrades, and application access.
     Compaq will make key infrastructure pieces available first, and then the
 full SSI technology.  The first components being released are a kernel-to-
 kernel communication subsystem and a kernel resident membership service that
 also enables more loosely coupled high availability and load balancing
 clusters.
 
     Industry's First Linux Accreditation Program
     To meet the growing demand for qualified Linux system engineers, Compaq is
 adding an Accredited Systems Engineer (ASE) certification level for Linux to
 the Compaq Accredited Professionals Program (CAPP) and aligning its
 certification requirements with partners Red Hat and SAIR with plans underway
 to include Linux Professional Institute (LPI).  Compaq Accredited
 Professionals are trained to plan, deploy, troubleshoot and maintain their
 company's systems and solutions.  They include Compaq customers, authorized
 resellers, service providers and integration specialists, plus information-
 management personnel responsible for Compaq solutions and systems.
 
     Driving New Linux Applications for handheld devices with a Developers
 Contest
     To drive development and adoption of Linux applications on handheld
 devices such as the Compaq iPAQ, Compaq announced an application development
 contest for handheld devices.  A number of contest winners including one grand
 prize winner will be announced at Linux World in August 2001.
 
     Compaq Linux Solutions for the Enterprise
     Compaq provides Linux solutions from the edge of the network to the heart
 of the IT infrastructure.  From Compaq iPAQ handheld devices, to Compaq
 Professional Workstations to market-leading industry-standard ProLiant servers
 and high-performance AlphaServer systems, Compaq offers the platforms more
 customers choose for their Linux-based solutions.  Compaq supports customers
 not only by certifying platforms with the major Linux distributions, but also
 by providing global 24x7 support in Compaq call centers worldwide and
 professional services for IT assessment, architecture/design,
 implementation/integration and on-site management and training.
     "At DataPipe, we promise our customers rock solid network reliability and
 unlimited scalability across a variety of technologies, applications and
 operating systems," said Robb Allen, chief operating officer of DataPipe.
 "Compaq ProLiant servers allow us to deploy our Linux based applications with
 confidence -- their reliability and performance are second to none."  DataPipe
 is a provider of outsourced Web hosting and managed application services for
 companies conducting business on the Internet.
     More customers deploy Linux on Compaq ProLiant than any other server in
 the world.  Compaq ProLiant architecture for Linux delivers the foundation of
 e-business to customers with high availability, scalable clustering solutions,
 multi-system enterprise management tools and ultra-powerful density optimized
 servers.  For more information on Compaq's Linux initiatives, see
 http://www.compaq.com/linux .
 
     Company Background
     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 www.compaq.com.
     Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks
 of their respective companies.  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, among others:  market conditions,
 particularly in the U.S.; increased competitive environment and pricing
 pressures; disruptions related to restructuring activity and delays in the
 implementation of changes in delivery models.  Further information on these
 and other factors that could affect Compaq's financial results is included in
 Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the
 latest Annual Report on form 10-K and the latest quarterly report on Form
 10-Q.
 
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