Existing Hewlett Packard (HP) and Compaq customers have not had to wait long to find out which products will be ditched by the newly merged company.
Unveiling the new HP yesterday, chief executive Carly Fiorina and president Michael Capellas explained that the company's product roadmap for the next three years had been finalised much earlier than planned.
"We had told our customers that we would give them a product roadmap within 30 days of closing the deal, but we have that roadmap ready today," said Fiorina.
Compaq's high-end server technologies, such as its NonStop brand of servers and Tru64 Unix and OpenVMS operating systems, will be worked into HP's HP-UX Unix platform.
In the enterprise, the new company will kill off Compaq's workstation offerings but will maintain its ProLiant windows server brand with both Windows and Linux. The Proliant and HP-UX systems will move toward a single architecture.
According to Capellas, HP will continue porting both the HP-UX and Windows operating systems to Intel's Itanium architecture under plans announced after Compaq abandoned the future development of the Alpha processor last June.
Compaq's popular iPaq PDA will also carry over, but HP's rival Jornada handhelds will go. The iPaq brand is also set to extend across the new company's range of mobile digital consumer offerings.
Despite stating that HP is the company's overall brand name for all products and services, commercial PCs will be sold under the Compaq label.
The company will keep both HP Pavilion and Compaq Presario consumer desktop PC and notebook lines. Home networking equipment, including wireless networks and related hardware, will carry the HP brand.
The structure of the new HP will feature four main product groups: Enterprise Systems, Imaging and Printing, HP Services and Personal Systems.
Fiorina confirmed that sales teams already had 'play books' on critical support and migration plans stemming from the changes at the merged company, and that briefing with key customers had already begun.
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