NeXT Announces Support For HP 9000 UNIX and RISC based Systems

NEXTSTEP on HP Workstations and Servers Targets Financial Services Industry


Karen Logsdon
NeXT Computer, Inc.
Melissa Calvo
Hewlett-Packard Company

NeXT Announces Support For HP 9000 UNIX-and RISC-based Systems

NEXTSTEP on HP Workstations and Servers Targets Financial Services Industry

SAN FRANCISCO, May 25, 1993 -- NeXT Computer, Inc. today announced a
new generation of business solutions that increase productivity for the
financial services industry on Hewlett-Packard Company's UNIX-and
PA-RISC-workstations and business servers.

The new solution -- Object Enterprise -- combines NEXTSTEP, NeXT's
object-oriented software with the HP 9000 product family, providing a
client/server solution based on object-oriented technology for the
financial services industry. Object Enterprise will enable customers to
develop and deploy object-oriented applications across the enterprise,
delivering state-of-the-art desktop to data center solutions.

As part of the Object Enterprise solution, NeXT will provide the
following three key products:

NEXTSTEP Release 3.1, NeXT's object-oriented software, is expected to
be available on HP Apollo 9000 Series 700 workstations, in mid-1994.

NeXT's Portable Distributed Objects (PDO) for the HP 9000 Series 800
business servers running HP-UX is expected to be available in the fourth
quarter of 1993. PDO provides a basis for deploying object-oriented
applications across the enterprise.

NeXT's NetInfo network management software for the Series 800 servers
running HP-UX is expected to be available in the fourth quarter of 1993.

Object Enterprise also will integrate NEXTSTEP and key
distributed computing standards including OMG's CORBA, OSF's DCE
and DME.

"HP listens to its customers, and our financial services customers want
NEXTSTEP," said Willem P. Roelandts, vice president and general manager
of HP's Computer Systems Organization. "Several major HP customers have
selected NEXTSTEP as their strategic solution for financial service
application development and deployment. The HP/NeXT solution embodies
innovative technology and world-class, enterprise computing experience."

"The combination of HP's advanced workstation and server products and
NEXTSTEP will give our customers a truly scalable architecture," said
Steven P, Jobs, chairman and CEO of NeXT. "Our goal is to provide a
complete object-oriented foundation for client/server computing that
spans the enterprise. This is an excellent alliance for NeXT,
especially given HP's leadership in enterprise computing and
object-oriented computing standards."

"Object Enterprise clearly addresses our need to deploy applications
quickly by combining the sophisticated development power of objects with
an intuitive user interface for our non technical user," said Craig
Heimark managing director of Swiss Bank Corporation. "With NEXTSTEP and
distributed objects running across HP's complete product family, we have
a powerful, scalable, distributed computing platform that may well
become our strategic architecture for the '90s."

NeXT on HP

NeXT's Portable Distributed Objects (PDO) for PA-RISC allows NEXTSTEP
objects to be deployed on HP's Series 800 servers running HP-UX. The
PDO software, which includes an Objective-C compiler and runtime
environment, will allow developers to create flexible, scalable
applications that take full advantage of client/server networks.

NeXT's NetInfo for the Series 800 allows centralized management of
NEXTSTEP-based clients and servers. NetInfo will provide management
capabilities that interoperate with HP OpenView network and system
management environment.

HP's desktop computers provide a broad range of choices for client
systems, ranging from the Vectra line of Intel-based PC products,
available with NEXTSTEP today, to the PA-RISC based Series 700
workstations, available with NEXTSTEP soon.

HP 9000 Workstations and Servers

HP 9000 workstations and servers have consistently led the industry in
performance for both technical and business-computing standard
benchmarks. These high-speed systems, which are crucial in the
financial services industry, are well suited for business-critical
financial modeling and simulation programs, market data dissemination,
decision support suites and risk management products. In addition, the
object-orientation of NEXTSTEP will provide the benefits of rapid
application development and deployment on the Series 700 workstations.

High availability features of the Series 800 servers will provide a
secure computing environment for large database operations and will
serve as gateways to global multi-vendor networks. The addition of PDO
will allow access to enterprise-wide applications from the desktop and
faster integration of existing and future client/server applications.

About HP

Based in Palo Alto, Calif., Hewlett-Packard Company is the third-largest
computer supplier in the United States, with computer revenue in excess
of $12 billion in its 1992 fiscal year.

Hewlett-Packard is an international manufacturer of measurement and
computation products and systems recognized for excellence in quality
and support. The company's products and services are used in industry,
business, engineering, science, medicine and education in approximately
100 countries. HP has 93,800 employees and had a revenue of $16.4
billion in its 1992 fiscal year.

About NeXT

NeXT develops and markets the award-winning NEXTSTEP object-oriented
software for industry-standard computer architectures. NEXTSTEP is used
by customers to develop and deploy custom client/server applications,
using both custom and shrink-wrapped productivity software. NeXT is
headquartered at 900 Chesapeake Drive, Redwood City, Calif., 94063.

NeXT, the NeXT logo and NEXTSTEP are registered trademarks of NeXT
Computer, Inc. All other trademarks mentioned belong to their
respective owners.

PA-RISC means Precision Architecture-reduced-instruction-set computing.

CORBA is the Object Management Group's Common Object Request Broker,
which provides interoperability among different object-oriented software
running on disparate operating systems.

DCE (Distributed Computing Environment) and DME (Distributed Management
Group) are the Open Software Foundation's emerging standards for
managing distributed computing and heterogeneous networks.