Expanded HP reveals product strategies

Expanded HP reveals product strategies

Following this week's finalization of the merger of Hewlett-Packard Co. and Compaq Computer Corp., officials of the consolidated company said servers, storage and software will remain the core of its enterprise offerings.

The company will do business as Hewlett-Packard and will rebrand most, but not all, Compaq products. The major exception will be commercial desktop and notebook computers.

The general rationale was to go with market share unless there was a compelling technical reason not to, said Michael Capellas, president and chief operating officer of the new HP. He held a press conference yesterday to mark the merged company's first day of joint operations. So, HP will extend Compaq's iPaq line of handheld computers running Microsoft Windows CE'under the name HP iPaq Pocket PC'and phase out the HP Jornada family.

HP remains committed to maintaining server families based on the 64-bit Intel Itanium, IA-32 and PA-RISC processors. HP and Intel Corp. jointly developed the Itanium chip over the past five years. HP will keep the ProLiant brand name that it inherited from Compaq for its IA-32 servers.

For its servers, the company will offer Microsoft Windows and Linux operating systems as well as HP-UX, HP's proprietary flavor of Unix. Plans call for the integration of clustering and file-system features of Compaq's Tru64 Unix into HP-UX over time. The company also promised to adhere to its roadmap for porting OpenVMS, the legacy OS inherited from Digital Equipment Corp., to the Itanium platform.

HP will market enterprise storage hardware under StorageWorks, a former Digital and Compaq brand name, and storage software as HP OpenView.

Jim Weynand, formerly Compaq's vice president of state and local government and education markets, will lead the new HP public sector division, executive vice president Peter Blakemore said. HP public sector covers all U.S. government and education customers.

The HP Web site now instructs both HP and Compaq customers to continue using their existing technical support contacts for the time being.

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