Compaq Blends Technology and History to Make Ellis Island Immigration Data Available Globally

Web Site Will Complement American Family Immigration History Center to Be

Located at Ellis Island



Apr 17, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island
 Foundation and Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ), the leader in high-
 performance technical computing, today announced that Compaq is sponsoring the
 development of a first-of-its-kind Web site geared to help individuals learn
 more about their ancestors who immigrated to the United States through Ellis
 Island.  This Web site, which will go live April 17, 2001, will complement the
 eagerly-awaited family history research facility to be located at Ellis
 Island: The American Family Immigration History Center(TM).
     Visitors to both the new Web site and the Immigration History Center will
 be able to easily access information about their immigrant ancestors through a
 state-of-the-art, interactive database.  This database, built on the Oracle
 engine, will include information on more than 22 million people who entered
 the United States through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924, the peak years of
 Ellis Island immigration.  Visitors will be able to access 11 fields of
 information, such as the name of the ship; the names and ages of the
 passengers; the town or village and the country they were leaving; their
 destination in the U.S.; and more.  Those visiting the Center at Ellis Island
 can access the database through one of 41 kiosks, running on Compaq Deskpro
 workstations.
 
     Anytime, Anywhere Availability
     Compaq Computer Corporation is the official hardware sponsor of the
 Foundation's American Family Immigration History Center(TM), providing the
 project's servers and storage capabilities.  Compaq's AlphaServer systems
 running Tru64 UNIX provide the back-end computing muscle while the ProLiant
 servers power the front-end Web server interface, providing visitors worldwide
 with advanced computer and multimedia technology for investigating immigration
 history, family documentation and genealogical exploration.  The AlphaServer
 system is uniquely designed to handle heavily-trafficked or fast-growing Web
 sites, while also greatly improving the performance of the Web site so that
 users receive Web pages and data more quickly and reliably.
     Compaq's StorageWorks solution ensures the availability of more than
 22 million immigrant records, including over 3.5 million scanned manifest
 pages as well as pictures and historic information on over 800 passenger ships
 that carried immigrants to America.
     "Being a sponsor gives Compaq the opportunity to combine history with
 innovative technology to bring families together from around the globe and
 help them better understand their past," said Peter Blackmore, executive vice
 president of Compaq's worldwide sales and service.  "The AlphaServer running
 Tru64 UNIX is the perfect platform for this kind of high performance, graphic
 intensive Website.  We are proud to be able to work with our partners such as
 Oracle and Hostcentric in helping families identify their heritage through
 innovative technology."
     In October 1998 the Foundation, working in cooperation with the National
 Park Service, unveiled the plans for the Immigration History Center, which
 represents a huge milestone for family history enthusiasts and the estimated
 40 percent of today's U.S. population whose ancestors came through Ellis
 Island.  About 17 months ago, the Foundation announced the expansion of the
 $22.5 million project to also provide global access through the Internet.  In
 addition to searching data, visitors will be able to obtain a reproduction of
 the original ship's manifest and a photo of the ship of passage.  Individuals
 will also have the opportunity to create a Family History Scrapbook at Ellis
 Island by opening a family file and scanning in family photos, documents and
 records to store for posterity at the island.
     "It is through innovative technology from Compaq that the Foundation is
 able to bridge the past with the present and help millions of people in the
 search of their families' roots in America," said Mr. Stephen A. Briganti,
 president and CEO, Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.
     The Immigration History Center, which is being designed by Edwin
 Schlossberg Incorporated (ESI), opens April 17, 2001.  For further information
 on the American Family Immigration History Center(TM) or the Web site,
 contact:
             The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
                                 P.O. Box ELLIS
                            New York, New York 10163
                                  212-883-1986
                           email: pr@ellisisland.org
                      Website: www.ellisislandrecords.org
 
     The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit
 organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic
 restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in a
 partnership with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 In addition, the Foundation has created an endowment to maintain the monuments
 and created the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and The American Immigrant
 Wall of Honor(R).
     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.
     The American Family Immigration History Center, The American Immigrant
 Wall of Honor, 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: 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 

SOURCE Compaq Computer Corporation
    HOUSTON, April 17 /PRNewswire/ -- The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island
 Foundation and Compaq Computer Corporation (NYSE:   CPQ), the leader in high-
 performance technical computing, today announced that Compaq is sponsoring the
 development of a first-of-its-kind Web site geared to help individuals learn
 more about their ancestors who immigrated to the United States through Ellis
 Island.  This Web site, which will go live April 17, 2001, will complement the
 eagerly-awaited family history research facility to be located at Ellis
 Island: The American Family Immigration History Center(TM).
     Visitors to both the new Web site and the Immigration History Center will
 be able to easily access information about their immigrant ancestors through a
 state-of-the-art, interactive database.  This database, built on the Oracle
 engine, will include information on more than 22 million people who entered
 the United States through Ellis Island from 1892 to 1924, the peak years of
 Ellis Island immigration.  Visitors will be able to access 11 fields of
 information, such as the name of the ship; the names and ages of the
 passengers; the town or village and the country they were leaving; their
 destination in the U.S.; and more.  Those visiting the Center at Ellis Island
 can access the database through one of 41 kiosks, running on Compaq Deskpro
 workstations.
 
     Anytime, Anywhere Availability
     Compaq Computer Corporation is the official hardware sponsor of the
 Foundation's American Family Immigration History Center(TM), providing the
 project's servers and storage capabilities.  Compaq's AlphaServer systems
 running Tru64 UNIX provide the back-end computing muscle while the ProLiant
 servers power the front-end Web server interface, providing visitors worldwide
 with advanced computer and multimedia technology for investigating immigration
 history, family documentation and genealogical exploration.  The AlphaServer
 system is uniquely designed to handle heavily-trafficked or fast-growing Web
 sites, while also greatly improving the performance of the Web site so that
 users receive Web pages and data more quickly and reliably.
     Compaq's StorageWorks solution ensures the availability of more than
 22 million immigrant records, including over 3.5 million scanned manifest
 pages as well as pictures and historic information on over 800 passenger ships
 that carried immigrants to America.
     "Being a sponsor gives Compaq the opportunity to combine history with
 innovative technology to bring families together from around the globe and
 help them better understand their past," said Peter Blackmore, executive vice
 president of Compaq's worldwide sales and service.  "The AlphaServer running
 Tru64 UNIX is the perfect platform for this kind of high performance, graphic
 intensive Website.  We are proud to be able to work with our partners such as
 Oracle and Hostcentric in helping families identify their heritage through
 innovative technology."
     In October 1998 the Foundation, working in cooperation with the National
 Park Service, unveiled the plans for the Immigration History Center, which
 represents a huge milestone for family history enthusiasts and the estimated
 40 percent of today's U.S. population whose ancestors came through Ellis
 Island.  About 17 months ago, the Foundation announced the expansion of the
 $22.5 million project to also provide global access through the Internet.  In
 addition to searching data, visitors will be able to obtain a reproduction of
 the original ship's manifest and a photo of the ship of passage.  Individuals
 will also have the opportunity to create a Family History Scrapbook at Ellis
 Island by opening a family file and scanning in family photos, documents and
 records to store for posterity at the island.
     "It is through innovative technology from Compaq that the Foundation is
 able to bridge the past with the present and help millions of people in the
 search of their families' roots in America," said Mr. Stephen A. Briganti,
 president and CEO, Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation.
     The Immigration History Center, which is being designed by Edwin
 Schlossberg Incorporated (ESI), opens April 17, 2001.  For further information
 on the American Family Immigration History Center(TM) or the Web site,
 contact:
             The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc.
                                 P.O. Box ELLIS
                            New York, New York 10163
                                  212-883-1986
                           email: pr@ellisisland.org
                      Website: www.ellisislandrecords.org
 
     The Statue of Liberty - Ellis Island Foundation, Inc., is a non-profit
 organization founded in 1982 to raise funds for and oversee the historic
 restorations of the Statue of Liberty and Ellis Island, working in a
 partnership with the National Park Service, U.S. Department of the Interior.
 In addition, the Foundation has created an endowment to maintain the monuments
 and created the Ellis Island Immigration Museum and The American Immigrant
 Wall of Honor(R).
     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.
     The American Family Immigration History Center, The American Immigrant
 Wall of Honor, 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: 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 Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest
 quarterly report on Form 10-Q.
 
 SOURCE  Compaq Computer Corporation