HP’s local managers promise either full support, in some cases (such as high-end servers) through to 2011, or argue that disappearing products were coming to the end of their natural life anyway, and would have been discontinued regardless of whether a merger took place. The main obituaries are for the Compaq Tru64 Unix operating system, the HP Netserver IA-32 servers, Jornada handhelds and Omnibook notebooks.
HP will be the master brand for all server products, with the market-leading Compaq ProLiant renamed the HP ProLiant.
The 32-bit HP Netserver product will be supported until 2007.
HP and Compaq both sell Intel Itanium 64-bit servers and both had outlined plans to continue to shift to Itanium platforms, and this strategy will be unaffected by the merger. HP New Zealand national product and marketing manager Jeff Healey says customers will be given support to migrate from 32-bit hardware to Itanium, and be able to test their local software and systems at HP’s application development centre in Christchurch. If they are unable or unwilling to migrate HP will offer full support for hardware and software until 2011. “The decision they made to buy the platform is still valid. All we are doing is moving it to a different processor.”
Compaq’s AlphaServer systems are to be upgraded for two years but the longer-term focus for them, and HP’s PA-RISC systems, is a move to Itanium.
Since HP does not make fault-tolerant servers, the Compaq NonStop server will become the HP NonStop server.
The more widely accepted HP-UX will be the long term Unix for the new HP. The to-be-discontinued Tru64Unix offers some desirable features — including clustering and file systems — and these will be integrated into HP-UX over time. HP will continue support for Linux and will also continue with previously announced roadmaps for Compaq’s proprietary OpenVMS.
Compaq’s mainstream StorageWorks products are being rebranded as HP. At the high end of disk arrays, the company plans to keep the StorageWorks EVA from Compaq, as well as HP’s XP array series.
HP and Compaq will invest in OpenView management solutions, Utility Data Centre (UDC), OpenCall telecomms solutions, plus J2EE and Microsoft .Net middleware stacks.
The former HP VL420 products will be “sunsetted” in favour of Compaq’s Evo range.
Commercial desktops & commercial notebooks
The Vectra VL420 will be phased out and migrate to the Compaq brand, with the VL420 being replaced by the Compaq Evo510. “We decided to merge the product range, rather than wait for another lifecycle,” says HP commercial notebooks and handheld product manager Simon Molloy.
The HP Omnibook product will continue through 2002.
The Asia-Pacific region had its own specialist offerings for small and medium-sized businesses. HP had the Brio, Compaq the Deskpro SB. The survivor will be the SB, which will eventually become the Evo D380, a move announced before the merger.
“We targeted 20 major companies we had a relationship with,” Molloy says. “Our channel partners would have targeted hundreds more. Then we loaned them units of the new-platform Compaq Evos.”
Some companies are still getting Vectras, but there is “no surplus stock, no fire sale”, says commercial products marketing and product manager Joanna Burgess. “We anticipated a tough transition, but pretty much 100% of these customers have transferred to the new [Evo] product,” she says.
Consumer PCS & notebooks
No change happens in the PC space as HP keeps both brands — the Compaq Presarios and HP Pavilions. The HP Jornada goes and the Compaq iPaq is rebranded as HP. The Jornada will have three years of support.
HP will continue with the Compaq line of thin clients, rebranded as HP.
Home and wireless networking will be based around Compaq and rebranded HP.
Imaging & printing
All the imaging and printing categories and product lines remain as is, except for personal inkjets and scanners. The HP product lines continue and the Compaq products will be phased out; in digital projectors the HP and Compaq product lines will be combined.