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Virtual Internet Selects Ensim’s ServerXchange and Compaq ProLiant Servers to Expand its Service Offerings Worldwide


LONDON, September 24, 2001 – Compaq Computer Corp. (NYSE: CPQ) and Ensim Corp., the leading hosting-automation provider, today announced a joint initiative to deliver hosting-automation solutions to power Virtual Internet’s new Private Server product range. Virtual Internet plc (LSE: VET) is one of Europe’s largest independent web-hosting providers and is a Compaq Strategic Alliance Partner.
Using the Private Server partitions in Ensim’s flagship product, ServerXchange, Virtual Internet can create a new class of service plans that bridge the gap between shared and dedicated hosting by assigning multiple “dedicated” customers on a single server. Each Private Server owner enjoys all the advantages of a dedicated server including Quality of Service1 guarantees, enhanced security and root access – with the additional benefits of shared-server economies of scale.

Virtual Internet will host its new Private Server product on Compaq’s ProLiant server, which is specifically designed to enable a large number of powerful, smaller servers to fit into existing server rooms and data centres.

Deployment of this high-density, small-footprint infrastructure is comprehensively managed by ServerXchange, the leading hosting operations platform. The intuitive user interface of ServerXchange lets Virtual Internet’s customers easily and effectively manage their own Private Server. Overall, the combined Compaq-Ensim solution gives Virtual Internet a scalable infrastructure with an attractive return on investment.

“By working with Compaq and Ensim, Virtual Internet is able to deliver its new class of services in record time,” said Mark Cartwright, CTO of Virtual Internet. “Ensim and Compaq provided us with a true competitive advantage that will help us grow our business and keep our customer base fully satisfied.”
Michael Johnston, Director, New Economy Business with Compaq, said: "Given the enormous take-up of Internet services and increased industry competition, SPs such as Virtual Internet need to be able to deliver competitive service level agreements, whilst reducing infrastructure costs through economies of scale. Our solution, based on the Compaq ProLiant server, gives Virtual Internet the ability to deliver an outstanding pricing model to its customers. It also enables Virtual Internet to target new customers that did not previously fit its solution offering.”

“Gaining Virtual Internet as a customer demonstrates the full range of benefits that Ensim and Compaq had foreseen with our joint initiative,” said David Henderson, Ensim’s managing director, Europe. “Virtual Internet is a textbook case of two market leaders joining forces to give the customer the products and services that they need to advance their success in the marketplace.”

Compaq and Ensim announced a worldwide sales, marketing and technology initiative in April 2001. Under that agreement, Compaq global sales and channel organisations will be trained on the ServerXchange solution with Compaq products, and Ensim will recommend Compaq as its preferred server platform for ServerXchange. Solutions development will concentrate on driving operations management simplification to new levels in service providers’ Internet data centres. The companies will also work together on the development of a robust and scalable infrastructure solution for hosting providers.

In June, DataPipe became the first US service-provider customer of the Compaq/Ensim initiative. DataPipe has deployed ServerXchange with market leading industry-standard Compaq ProLiant servers to achieve optimised hosting automation of the Compaq systems and the applications that run on them.


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About Virtual Internet


Virtual Internet is a leading pan-European Internet service provider for Web-hosting products. Established in 1996, with a high-capacity IP network that extends throughout Europe, and London data centres with the fastest connections to the global Internet infrastructure, Virtual Internet provides businesses with the best hosting services available.


The company’s hosting services provide web site hosting, domain name registration, e-mail services, e-commerce solutions, application server hosting (ASP) and dedicated server management. Its recently launched hosting packages have redefined Web-hosting solutions.


About Ensim Corporation

Ensim Corporation is the market leader in hosting automation products and services. The company’s flagship product, ServerXchange, is used worldwide to automate the management, deployment and sales of hosted services. Ensim is headquartered in Sunnyvale, California with sales offices in the United States, London and Singapore. The privately held company is funded by New Enterprise Associates, Worldview Technology Partners and other blue-chip venture capital firms.

For additional information please visit http://www.ensim.com


About Compaq Corp.

Founded in 1982, Compaq Computer Corporation ("Compaq") is a leading global provider of enterprise technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures and markets hardware, software, solutions and services, including industry-leading enterprise storage and computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, communication products, and desktop and portable personal computers that are sold in more than 200 countries.

Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at http://www.compaq.com

Compaq and the Compaq logo are trademarks of Compaq Information Technologies Group, L.P. This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the possibility that the Hewlett-Packard/Compaq merger does not close or that the companies may be required to modify aspects of the transaction to achieve regulatory approval or that prior to the closing of the proposed merger, the businesses of the companies suffer due to uncertainty; the market for the sale of certain products and services may not develop as expected; that development of these products and services may not proceed as planned; that Compaq and Hewlett-Packard are unable to transition customers, successfully execute their integration strategies, or achieve planned synergies; other risks that are described from time to time in Compaq and Hewlett-Packard’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports; and other risks that are described from time to time in Compaq’s and HP’s Securities and Exchange Commission reports (including but not limited to Compaq’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended December 31, 2000, HP’s annual report on Form 10-K for the year ended October 31, 2000, and subsequently filed reports). If any of these risks or uncertainties materialises or any of these assumptions proves incorrect, Compaq’s results could differ materially from Compaq’s expectations in these statements. Compaq assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements.

Ensim and ServerXchange are trademarks of Ensim Corporation. All trademarks or registered trademarks contained herein are the property of their respective owners.


Contacts:

Irwin Greenstein
Ensim Corporation
+1 408 745 3369
igreenstein@ensim.com


Kate Winn
Compaq
kate.winn@compaq.com
+44 (0)20 7015 3799




Alex Murphy or Paul Shlackman
Strategic Alliance International
+44 (0) 1494 434 434
alexm@strategicpr.net


Simon Christy
Virtual Internet
+44 (0)20 7565 4074
simon.christy@vi.net




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