Senior executives from the Itanium® industry met today in San Francisco to lay out a united strategy for Itanium® solution delivery with a goal of mission critical computing market segment leadership by the end of the decade. To take advantage of the growing momentum in enterprise and technical computing environments for Itanium® solution deployments, industry leaders including Bull, Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Hitachi, HP, Intel, NEC, SGI and Unisys announced a collective investment of $ 10 billion to drive industry standard Itanium® platform adoption in favor of legacy, proprietary alternatives. With Itanium® platform revenue currently representing 58 percent of Sun* SPARC* and 33 percent of IBM* Power*2 market segment share, and over 6,000 applications currently running on the architecture, the momentum behind Itanium solutions is growing.

Senior executives from the Itanium® industry met today in San Francisco to
lay out a united strategy for Itanium® solution delivery with a goal of mission
critical computing market segment leadership by the end of the decade. To take
advantage of the growing momentum in enterprise and technical computing
environments for Itanium® solution deployments, industry leaders including Bull,
Fujitsu, Fujitsu-Siemens Computers, Hitachi, HP, Intel, NEC, SGI and Unisys
announced a collective investment of $ 10 billion to drive industry standard
Itanium® platform adoption in favor of legacy, proprietary alternatives. With
Itanium® platform revenue currently representing 58 percent of Sun* SPARC* and
33 percent of IBM* Power*2 market segment share, and over 6,000 applications
currently running on the architecture, the momentum behind Itanium solutions is
growing.

“Itanium solution delivery to mission critical environments represents a new
business model for enterprise and technical computing users bringing choice of
hardware platform, operating system, and applications to environments which
heretofore have been limited by proprietary vertical solution stacks,” said
Vernon Turner, group vice president and general manager, IDC. “A change this
substantial takes collective industry commitment and investment.”

The investment comprises planned funding of research and development, capital
expenditures, sales and marketing, and ISV enabling activities. Itanium
solutions have made great inroads in enterprise computing database, enterprise
resource planning and business intelligence deployments as well as in a host of
technical computing environments. With application support doubling within the
last twelve months, Itanium solution capability continues to grow.

The announcement came at the Itanium Solutions Alliance’s first Executive
League meeting. The meeting provided Alliance Founding Sponsor senior executives
with an opportunity to strategize on the long term opportunity for delivery of
Itanium solutions to the marketplace. Members discussed collective opportunities
within the Itanium arena and opportunities to collaborate through Alliance
programs.

A global organization, the Itanium Solutions Alliance was founded in
September 2005 with a mission to accelerate Itanium solution deployments. The
Alliance offers a suite of developer enabling programs including Developer Days,
a Solutions Center Network and the recently launched Itanium Solutions Catalog,
the first public listing of software applications available on Itanium
platforms.

Membership to the Alliance is open to any enterprise and technical software
supplier looking to optimize applications for Itanium environments or enterprise
and technical computing providers looking to network with other leaders in
delivery of best-in-breed computing solutions. More information about the
Alliance, programs and membership can be found at

www.itaniumsolutionsalliance.org