Compaq TrailBlazer Program to Provide Rapid Path to Industry-Standard 64-Bit Computing With ProLiant Servers

New 64-bit ProLiant Servers Featuring Intel Itanium Due in Q3 2001



May 29, 2001, 01:00 ET from Compaq Computer Corporation

    HOUSTON, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Consistent with its worldwide market
 leading position and ongoing commitment to deliver performance and innovation
 to industry-standard server platforms, Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ),
 today announced its program, code-named TrailBlazer, to accelerate the
 adoption of 64-bit enterprise computing based on Intel(R) Itanium(TM)
 Processor-based ProLiant servers running Microsoft's 64-bit Windows Advanced
 Server Limited Edition and Linux operating systems.  Compaq's TrailBlazer
 program, featuring the forthcoming 64-bit Itanium-based ProLiant server, will
 help enable the application development community and early adopter companies
 to realize the benefits of the emerging 64-bit architecture for running
 Microsoft's 64-bit Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition and Linux-based
 applications.  The program is designed to bring hardware and software
 development communities together to advance new and emerging solutions for
 64-bit industry-standard computing.
     Compaq will deliver its first new 64-bit ProLiant(TM) server, supporting
 up to four 733 MHz or 800 MHz Intel(R) Itanium(TM) Processors, in the third
 quarter of 2001.  The new ProLiant models will be differentiated from
 competitive offerings by incorporating Compaq's latest advances in system
 management, mechanical, thermal, and power distribution.  The new 64-bit
 ProLiant will provide the ideal combination of the most stable, reliable and
 cost-effective platform for developing and porting 64-bit applications for the
 industry-standard computing environment.
     "Compaq has invested five years in our 64-bit industry-standard server
 technology, the first result of which will be our forthcoming Itanium-based
 ProLiant server.  Now the industry is readying itself to enter the next stage
 of a multi-year transition that will bring the benefits of 64-bit to industry
 standard architectures," said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general
 manager, Compaq Industry Standard Server Group.  "Compaq is setting the
 standard for enabling our partners to move toward 64-bit applications with the
 goal of greatly expanding the solutions base for our customers."
     "The Itanium-based servers from Compaq mark a new chapter in enterprise-
 class computing," said Paul Otellini, executive vice president and general
 manager, Intel Architecture Group.  "These systems establish a solid
 foundation to deliver the performance, innovation and price essential to
 businesses for many years to come."
     As new applications emerge, ProLiant will serve as the reference platform
 for the development of 64-bit applications for Microsoft's 64-bit Windows
 Advanced Server Limited Edition and Linux, optimizing the benefits of the new
 Itanium architecture, which include large memory footprint (64GB), world-class
 floating-point performance, improved transaction security, and parallel data
 paths to run multiple tasks simultaneously or a single task faster.
     "Microsoft and Compaq have worked together for more than two decades to
 deliver one of the most stable and reliable industry-standard computing
 platforms available in the market today," said Cliff Reeves, Microsoft's vice-
 president of .NET Windows Server Marketing.  "We have worked hand-in-hand with
 Compaq in developing the Windows 64-bit server family to ensure the greatest
 level of interoperability, reliability, and stability on Compaq ProLiant
 Servers.  We share a common vision of ushering in the next generation of
 enterprise computing, providing unprecedented scalability and price:
 performance in the high-end server market."
 
     TrailBlazer Program Details:
     In addition to its tight integration work with Intel and Microsoft, Compaq
 has been collaborating with independent software vendors (ISVs) and early
 adopter companies to prepare for the forthcoming Itanium-based ProLiant
 introduction.  More than 50 ISVs and customers have participated in the
 TrailBlazer program to date, porting 32-bit applications or developing 64-bit
 applications on the new Compaq ProLiant platform.  TrailBlazer participants
 have unique access to Compaq's technical support, professional services, and
 the largest Windows 2000 certified Field organization in the World.  In
 addition to the extensive work done to date, Compaq will extend and expand the
 TrailBlazer efforts going forward.
     "Compaq and the Itanium processor technology will enable Wells Fargo to
 significantly enhance its ability to understand and serve its customers
 through higher MIS productivity, increased efficiency, and reduced
 implementation time," said Francois Christen, vice president, for Wells Fargo
 Distribution Strategies.  "We are confident that Compaq's implementation of
 Intel's Itanium technology will enable the Bank to undertake projects such as
 large scale, highly structured statistical modeling of customer data that are
 currently very difficult to implement."
     "By working with Compaq, Accenture is giving its customers an early lead
 in bringing high-performance, scalable 64-bit applications to the enterprise,"
 said Raymond Goff, director of the Accenture High Performance Scalability Lab.
 "In addition to our collaboration on the developmental platform for 64-bit
 computing, Accenture and Compaq operate High-Performance Scalability Labs
 devoted to tuning, porting, testing and migrating enterprise applications to
 the ProLiant platform.  We want our clients to enjoy simple, tightly
 integrated rollouts of these new more powerful enterprise applications."
 
     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.
 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, May 29 /PRNewswire/ -- Consistent with its worldwide market
 leading position and ongoing commitment to deliver performance and innovation
 to industry-standard server platforms, Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE:   CPQ),
 today announced its program, code-named TrailBlazer, to accelerate the
 adoption of 64-bit enterprise computing based on Intel(R) Itanium(TM)
 Processor-based ProLiant servers running Microsoft's 64-bit Windows Advanced
 Server Limited Edition and Linux operating systems.  Compaq's TrailBlazer
 program, featuring the forthcoming 64-bit Itanium-based ProLiant server, will
 help enable the application development community and early adopter companies
 to realize the benefits of the emerging 64-bit architecture for running
 Microsoft's 64-bit Windows Advanced Server Limited Edition and Linux-based
 applications.  The program is designed to bring hardware and software
 development communities together to advance new and emerging solutions for
 64-bit industry-standard computing.
     Compaq will deliver its first new 64-bit ProLiant(TM) server, supporting
 up to four 733 MHz or 800 MHz Intel(R) Itanium(TM) Processors, in the third
 quarter of 2001.  The new ProLiant models will be differentiated from
 competitive offerings by incorporating Compaq's latest advances in system
 management, mechanical, thermal, and power distribution.  The new 64-bit
 ProLiant will provide the ideal combination of the most stable, reliable and
 cost-effective platform for developing and porting 64-bit applications for the
 industry-standard computing environment.
     "Compaq has invested five years in our 64-bit industry-standard server
 technology, the first result of which will be our forthcoming Itanium-based
 ProLiant server.  Now the industry is readying itself to enter the next stage
 of a multi-year transition that will bring the benefits of 64-bit to industry
 standard architectures," said Mary McDowell, senior vice president and general
 manager, Compaq Industry Standard Server Group.  "Compaq is setting the
 standard for enabling our partners to move toward 64-bit applications with the
 goal of greatly expanding the solutions base for our customers."
     "The Itanium-based servers from Compaq mark a new chapter in enterprise-
 class computing," said Paul Otellini, executive vice president and general
 manager, Intel Architecture Group.  "These systems establish a solid
 foundation to deliver the performance, innovation and price essential to
 businesses for many years to come."
     As new applications emerge, ProLiant will serve as the reference platform
 for the development of 64-bit applications for Microsoft's 64-bit Windows
 Advanced Server Limited Edition and Linux, optimizing the benefits of the new
 Itanium architecture, which include large memory footprint (64GB), world-class
 floating-point performance, improved transaction security, and parallel data
 paths to run multiple tasks simultaneously or a single task faster.
     "Microsoft and Compaq have worked together for more than two decades to
 deliver one of the most stable and reliable industry-standard computing
 platforms available in the market today," said Cliff Reeves, Microsoft's vice-
 president of .NET Windows Server Marketing.  "We have worked hand-in-hand with
 Compaq in developing the Windows 64-bit server family to ensure the greatest
 level of interoperability, reliability, and stability on Compaq ProLiant
 Servers.  We share a common vision of ushering in the next generation of
 enterprise computing, providing unprecedented scalability and price:
 performance in the high-end server market."
 
     TrailBlazer Program Details:
     In addition to its tight integration work with Intel and Microsoft, Compaq
 has been collaborating with independent software vendors (ISVs) and early
 adopter companies to prepare for the forthcoming Itanium-based ProLiant
 introduction.  More than 50 ISVs and customers have participated in the
 TrailBlazer program to date, porting 32-bit applications or developing 64-bit
 applications on the new Compaq ProLiant platform.  TrailBlazer participants
 have unique access to Compaq's technical support, professional services, and
 the largest Windows 2000 certified Field organization in the World.  In
 addition to the extensive work done to date, Compaq will extend and expand the
 TrailBlazer efforts going forward.
     "Compaq and the Itanium processor technology will enable Wells Fargo to
 significantly enhance its ability to understand and serve its customers
 through higher MIS productivity, increased efficiency, and reduced
 implementation time," said Francois Christen, vice president, for Wells Fargo
 Distribution Strategies.  "We are confident that Compaq's implementation of
 Intel's Itanium technology will enable the Bank to undertake projects such as
 large scale, highly structured statistical modeling of customer data that are
 currently very difficult to implement."
     "By working with Compaq, Accenture is giving its customers an early lead
 in bringing high-performance, scalable 64-bit applications to the enterprise,"
 said Raymond Goff, director of the Accenture High Performance Scalability Lab.
 "In addition to our collaboration on the developmental platform for 64-bit
 computing, Accenture and Compaq operate High-Performance Scalability Labs
 devoted to tuning, porting, testing and migrating enterprise applications to
 the ProLiant platform.  We want our clients to enjoy simple, tightly
 integrated rollouts of these new more powerful enterprise applications."
 
     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.
 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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