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HP Product Roadmaps
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One of our most important objectives in planning the merger of HP
and Compaq was to develop clear product roadmaps that take
advantage of the significant and complementary strengths of both
companies. Customers need to know which offerings we will have in
which markets. And we wanted to be able to tell them on Day One of
the new HP.
We began work on the roadmaps shortly after the merger was
announced. We had to make some difficult decisions about which
products to keep and which to retire, but the result is the best portfolio
of products and solutions in the industry. At the same time, we
recognize that customers around the world have made significant
investments in HP and Compaq technology. We intend to protect those
investments with detailed transition and migration plans.
The purpose of this white paper is to provide a high-level view of the
merged company’s product roadmaps. Additional detail will be
available from each of the business groups. The impact of roadmap
decisions for employees and particular sites is still uncertain and will be
subject to full consultation with works councils and other employee
representatives, where required by local law.
HP will become the master brand for all server products, but we will
keep product families representing both companies.
Before the merger, HP and Compaq both had IA-32 server offerings:
the Compaq ProLiant™ and the HP Netserver (and more recently under
the new name of HP Server).
May 7, 2002 Decision: Moving forward, the ProLiant servers will be HP’s IA-32 server
Page 2 offering. They will be named HP ProLiant servers. In the transition to
the ProLiant name, we will also transition to the server-attached
storage (Smart Array), rack, rack option and power infrastructure, and
systems management families used today with ProLiant platforms. The
ProLiant Essentials software offerings will also move forward. In
addition, the low-end HP Servers tc2210 and tc2100 will continue to be
offered but will not be re-branded as HP ProLiant servers. For the
growing market for blade servers, we will continue to offer the ProLiant
blade server architecture for the data center. We also will offer HP’s
blade server optimized for the telecommunications market.
As customers transition to ProLiant servers, Netserver customers can
continue to use their Toptools console, migrate to Insight Manager 7 or
use a combination. More detailed benefits for customers and how-to
information on transitioning to the Insight Management Suite will be
made available on the HP Web site.
Rationale: Compaq products hold the No. 1 market position in
industry-standard servers worldwide, according to the latest IDC market
data, and have done so since 1992. The combination of broad customer
acceptance, outstanding performance, ease of management and
favorable total cost of ownership made the ProLiant name the clear
choice as HP’s IA-32 server.
HP and Compaq are both selling Intel® Itanium™ Processor Family
servers today, primarily to meet the needs of early adopter customers
and developers. Our commitment to the Itanium Processor Family
remains very strong, and we continue to see Itanium as the future 64-
Decision: The next-generation Itanium Processor Family servers
(McKinley-based) will be the previously published HP Server roadmap,
augmented by features from the ProLiant IA-64 roadmap. By the
release of the third generation Itanium processor (Madison), HP will
offer Itanium-based servers from the low end to the high end of our
product line, including HP NonStop™ Itanium servers.
May 7, 2002 Our Industry Standard Server and Business Critical System business
Page 3 units will jointly deliver the Itanium-based server family roadmap
supporting multiple operating environment in all relevant markets. In
addition, HP will, over time, enhance its original plans by including the
ProLiant management capabilities into Itanium servers.
Rationale: This decision was based on the expected customer adoption
of the Itanium servers. The customers who will initially purchase Itanium
servers are the ones who require 64-bit computing. Today, these
customers use RISC-based servers. The HP roadmap gives HP a broad
range of Itanium-based servers supporting multiple operating systems.
It also gives HP PA-RISC customers outstanding investment protection
with in-the-box upgrades for 4-way servers and above.
The combination of the HP PA-RISC and the Compaq AlphaServer™
families gives HP a strong position in the RISC and UNIX® marketplace.
Moving forward, our focus on the Itanium architecture will be balanced
with the need to meet our customers’ requirements today for high
performance, scalability and availability.
Decision: HP will continue with the previously published roadmaps for
both PA-RISC and AlphaServer systems. HP will continue development
of the PA-8800 and PA-8900 processors, as well as the EV7 and EV79
Alpha processors. The roles of these two families will be quite different.
The PA-RISC servers will be targeted at the PA-RISC installed base and
all new business opportunities. AlphaServer systems will be primarily
focused on the Alpha installed base and high-performance technical
Rationale: We want to reinforce our commitment to our customers by
following the roadmaps we had already established. We’re leading with
PA-RISC for new business opportunities for two reasons: First, the PA-
RISC systems will, in most cases, be upgradeable in the box to future
Itanium microprocessors. Second, HP-UX is the long-term UNIX for HP.
May 7, 2002 Fault Tolerant Servers
One of the exciting additions to the HP offering is the fault-tolerant
NonStop server family from Compaq, which will now be known as the
HP NonStop Server. Since HP did not have a similar offering, the
roadmaps decisions are very simple.
Decision: There are no changes to the previous NonStop server
roadmap. This includes the two planned MIPs processor upgrades and
the transition to Itanium.
Rationale: Customer availability requirements continue to increase.
Having a fault-tolerant offering will help HP continue to be the high-
availability leader. As a result, continuing with the NonStop server
roadmap positions HP to meet the needs of our customers.
HP and Compaq both offered UNIX operating systems: HP-UX and
Compaq Tru64™ UNIX.
Decision: HP-UX will be the long-term UNIX for the new HP. Tru64
UNIX has some very advanced features -- including clustering and file
-- and some of those will be integrated into HP-UX over time.
Rationale: HP-UX has a much larger market share and installed base of
customers. It also has much broader ISV support than Tru64 UNIX.
HP also will deliver on the previously announced Compaq OpenVMS™
roadmap, including the port to Itanium.
Both Compaq and HP have very robust storage portfolios, so we are in
the enviable position of being able to develop a roadmap based on the
best of the best.
Key Overall Decisions: While we are making many individual product
decisions encompassing products and strategies from both
organizations, we will adopt the Compaq StorageWorks™ name (re-
named HP StorageWorks) for storage and storage solutions, HP
OpenView as the name for storage software, and ENSA (Enterprise
May 7, 2002 Network Storage Architecture) as the name for our architecture going
Page 5 forward.
HP remains committed to offering multiple choices for disk array and
storage area network products. We will consolidate and rationalize our
array portfolio and focus on creating NAS/SAN convergence.
Key Decisions: At the high end, we will continue to offer both HP XP
and Compaq StorageWorks Enterprise Virtual Array (EVA). HP XP
enables storage consolidation via a single, monolithic, scalable and
highly available storage system. StorageWorks EVA will provide
modular scaling and high-end functionality by exploiting the storage
network and virtualization capabilities for maximum storage efficiency,
high availability and lower TCO.
In the mid-range, we will offer the StorageWorks EVA architecture, but
we will continue to offer HP VA solutions for HP-UX centric
environments and StorageWorks EMA modular arrays for
heterogeneous environments -- until our EVA architecture-based
products fulfill our customer requirements, expected to be the middle
In the area of storage networking, we will consolidate both Compaq
and HP’s storage networking offerings into one product line with
common firmware and integration. In terms of NAS, we will offer the
StorageWorks appliance for the entry level, the HP appliance for the
midrange and enterprise level and continue to work toward NAS/SAN
By combining and consolidating both companies’ offerings, the new HP
will continue to provide customers a choice. We will continue to offer
the tape drive technologies that our customers deploy, including DLT,
SDLT, AIT and Ultrium.
Key Decisions: We evaluated each of the products on features, price
and market share. Where there was overlap, we chose the one that
would best meet our customers’ needs. In the high-end tape drive
segment, we will offer both Ultrium and SDLT.
May 7, 2002 Storage Management Software
Storage management software is an essential component in simplifying
storage by providing a single window that enables customers to
visualize and manage their entire heterogeneous storage environment.
Key Decisions: Our enterprise storage management strategy is to
evolve the best storage management intellectual property from
Compaq and integrate it with the HP OpenView Storage Area Manager
suite. Our existing HP OpenView Omniback solutions will evolve from
delivering backup and recovery to delivering on the promise of life
cycle data management. To maximize our business continuity offerings,
we will continue to invest in and integrate our host- and array-based
HA/replication software solutions.
The combination of the two companies results in the broadest
virtualization capabilities in the industry. A key focus area for the new
storage organization is to consolidate and merge these technologies
into even more useful solutions that provide virtualization capabilities
in multiple areas.
Key Decisions: We will offer a multi-level virtualization strategy and
phased implementation plans, including the integration of HP and
Compaq virtualization IP into a common, multi-tier virtualization
strategy. We will continue to ship SANlink and VersaStor technology,
eventually merging SANlink IP with VersaStor.
HP and Compaq invest in OpenView management solutions, Utility
Data Center (UDC), Opencall telco solutions and J2EE and Microsoft
.NET middleware stacks.
Key Decisions: HP will adopt the OpenView name for all appropriate
management software and will integrate TeMIP into the OpenView
family. The OpenView product line will focus on integrated
management solutions, on extended management reach for both
network and IP devices and web services management.
May 7, 2002 And, HP will continue to take a leadership role in defining Web services
Page 7 management interoperability standards and products -- a key element
for successfully managing across companies, technologies and
Utility Data Center
Key Decisions: HP will continue to invest in the Utility Data Center
software by leveraging the Compaq Insight Manager and Adaptive
Infrastructure offerings as well as Toptools to offer the most scaleable
and comprehensive management solutions in the industry.
Key Decisions: For telco software, the new HP will consolidate both
Compaq and HP’s telecom software into the Opencall product family
that will be used to develop, integrate and deliver voice, data and
Key Decisions: The new HP will be equally strong on UNIX, Windows®
and Linux-based servers, requiring middleware solutions to support all
platforms. HP will leverage key relationships that enhance the
middleware stacks around both J2EE and .NET to deliver a
comprehensive ecosystem for HP and partners’ application
infrastructure components. In addition to building out value chains and
ecosystems for the .NET and J2EE stacks separately, we will help
customers manage the heterogeneous stack environments by
providing key interoperability though our services and solutions
Key Decisions: HP is deepening its commitment to developers and is
the right partner to work with for J2EE and .NET tools, for management,
UDC and IPF development. HP is taking a leadership role to integrate
development and management through standards initiatives, developer
tools, community/content and developer support products to simplify
for developers this transition to a new way of thinking and working.
May 7, 2002 Personal Systems
The new HP will provide the leading-edge personal systems technology
that customers have come to expect from both HP and Compaq. We
will leverage the complementary brand and product strengths of the
two companies to deliver an even better portfolio of end-to-end
products, global solutions and integrated services to meet the needs of
our customers. Our branding strategy builds on the strong equity in the
HP brand across a broad range of technology and the strong equity in
the Compaq brand for PCs worldwide.
Business PCs and Notebooks
Decision: Business desktop PCs and notebooks will migrate to the
Compaq platform over the next 9-12 months. Both will carry the
Compaq name. This will enable HP to leverage Compaq’s strong market
share and brand recognition in the commercial PC market. The HP
Vectra products will be phased out in line with current published
roadmaps, but we will continue to offer HP’s highly successful e-pc line
under the HP brand. The HP Omnibook products will continue to be
offered through 2002.
Consumer PCs and Notebooks
Decision: We will continue to offer both the Compaq Presario™ and HP
Pavilion lines of consumer desktop PCs and notebooks through all
existing channels in regions where both brands are strong. In some
countries, only one brand will be offered, depending on that country’s
specific requirements. Our goal is to minimize confusion and maximize
choice for our customers.
The two brands will compete, and we will market the unique value
proposition for each. Today, for example, Compaq has compelling
offerings for home/wireless networking and HP has strength in digital
imaging solutions. Maintaining both brands will enable HP to leverage
existing brand awareness and preferences and give customers the
opportunity to continue to buy the brand and products that best meet
their needs. The decision to maintain two consumer brands of desktop
PCs and notebooks is driven in part by feedback from our retail
May 7, 2002 Workstations
Decision: We will incorporate the strength of Compaq’s Windows NT
workstations to form the industry’s broadest, most comprehensive
product line. HP will continue to drive 64-bit platform leadership for the
most demanding applications with today’s PA-RISC and upcoming
workstations based on the Intel Itanium Processor Family. HP
workstations will provide great value across the industry-leading 32-
and 64-bit operations system environments: Windows, Linux and HP-
Decision: The Compaq iPAQ™ Pocket PC, re-named the HP iPAQ Pocket
PC, will be our smart handheld platform. The best of the current HP
Jornada technology will be engineered into the platform. Jornada
products will be phased out of the market in 2002. HP will continue to
innovate in wireless, mobility and voice technology. HP also will offer
the iPAQ Blackberry device for end-to-end wireless e-mail solutions,
under the HP brand.
Home and Wireless Networking
Decision: These solutions will be based on current Compaq products
and re-branded HP. Our corporate networking solutions will range from
wireless mobility solutions and industry-standard wireless LAN to
Bluetooth solutions. For home networking, we will offer several choices,
from Ethernet to wireless to phone line.
Decision: HP will continue the Compaq line of thin clients, which will be
re-branded HP. This line offers customers lower cost of ownership,
improved end-user productivity and unparalleled security.
Imaging and Printing
HP develops and markets products in a broad range of printing and
imaging categories. We lead the market in inkjet printers, all-in-one
devices, laser printers, wide-format plotters, scanners, print servers and
May 7, 2002 For consumers, we offer products from capture devices like digital
Page 10 cameras and scanners to sharing products like photo printers. The
Imaging and Printing Group provides the solutions that get people
from capture to share in the easiest ways with the highest quality
results. For businesses, we make the products that make a difference --
networkable printers, large format printers and digital presses. We are
helping businesses work faster and more efficiently with high-quality
HP’s imaging and printing business is at a pivotal point in its history.
We are defining and building the next chapter of imaging and printing
for business customers. During chapter 1, we heard from our customers
that HP makes great printers. During the next chapter, we will continue
to provide high-quality, highly reliable products, but we will also
provide solutions and services that enhance business processes and
For example, as part of this next chapter of imaging and printing, we
will serve the needs of an increasingly mobile workforce. Mobile
professionals need fast, easy access to information while away from
their desks. Through intelligent appliances, enhanced infrastructure,
wireless and “smart space” solutions, HP and its partners can bring
information access to mobile professionals.
We are also pushing the boundaries of our business beyond the
general office as we introduce powerful digital publishing solutions that
link to customer relationship management and other enterprise
database systems. In addition, we are introducing new classes of digital
multi-function devices and new services and pricing/leasing options to
meet customers’ business challenges as the worlds of copiers, printers
and fax machines collide.
All imaging and printing categories and product lines remain as is, with
the following exceptions:
Personal inkjet printers, all-in-ones and scanners. The HP
product lineup continues. We will phase out the Compaq-
May 7, 2002 Digital projectors: We will combine the HP and Compaq product
Page 11 line. Some specific products will be phased out, but final
decisions have not been made. All digital projectors will be
branded HP -- a transition that will occur during the next 12
The organizational impact of all of the above roadmap decisions for
employees and sites in particular countries is not yet known or decided.
Any such impact will be subject to local legal requirements, including in
particular required consultation with works councils and other