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HP Extends BladeSystem

PALO ALTO, Calif. -- HP today announced the expansion of its HP BladeSystem c-Class portfolio with a new carrier-grade version optimized for the needs of telecom service providers and network equipment suppliers.

The HP BladeSystem Carrier-Grade Platform provides a cost-effective and flexible foundation for wireless and wired infrastructure delivering the high levels of reliability and performance required by the telecom industry.

According to data from the industry-analyst firm IDC, HP’s blade servers lead the industry with 42.1 percent market share worldwide measured by revenue. In the third quarter of 2007, HP’s blade server revenue grew 79.6 percent year over year.(1)

“As telecom and enterprise environments converge, many service providers see real advantages in a single server family that can support both their telephony and IT needs,” said Lee Doyle, group vice president, Network Infrastructure and Security Products, IDC. “HP has a strong footprint in both worlds, and its dual expertise is reflected in the new HP BladeSystem carrier-grade platform.”

Hewlett-Packard Co.