With its Intel® Itanium® 2 processor boasting record-setting
performance, several operating systems and the availability of 1,000
applications, Intel Corporation is challenging companies to compare Intel
Itanium 2-based servers head-to-head against proprietary systems during a free
trial period that is part of a new “try-and-buy” program.

Called "The Intel Itanium 2 Solution Challenge," the worldwide
effort kicks off this week and targets Global 500 corporate customers who are
current users of RISC-based computers. The Challenge will run through the
summer, and is being mounted in conjunction with a score of leading system and
solution providers. Customers will have access to Itanium 2-based systems and
services for up to 90 days to evaluate the results.

With its Intel® Itanium® 2 processor boasting record-setting
performance, several operating systems and the availability of 1,000
applications, Intel Corporation is challenging companies to compare Intel
Itanium 2-based servers head-to-head against proprietary systems during a free
trial period that is part of a new “try-and-buy” program.

Called “The Intel Itanium 2 Solution Challenge,” the worldwide
effort kicks off this week and targets Global 500 corporate customers who are
current users of RISC-based computers. The Challenge will run through the
summer, and is being mounted in conjunction with a score of leading system and
solution providers. Customers will have access to Itanium 2-based systems and
services for up to 90 days to evaluate the results.

Intel is working on the program with a number of original
equipment manufacturers, including HP, IBM, LangChao, Lenovo, NEC, Samsung, SGI,
and Unisys, as well as regional system builders. Intel will also work with a
number of companies which supply software for Itanium 2, such as BEA, i2, IBM,
Oracle, SAP, and SAS, as well as such system integrators as Avanade and Unisys.
Industry partners can recommend end-user customers for the challenge. In the
past year, the mix of customers buying Itanium-based systems has evolved from
high-performance/scientific users to enterprise customers. Currently, 14 of the
top 25 Global 500 companies have deployed or are evaluating the architecture.

The Itanium 2 processor is broadly deployed in commercial enterprise
installations, including Bell Canada, CBS Broadcasting, CitiStreet, CNA,
CompUSA, Cox Communications, Eckerd Drug, Fiat Auto, First Trust, Fortis Health,
Fuji Film, ING, Jet Blue Airways, KT (Korea), Metro AG, PetroChina (China),
Raymond James, Sabre Holdings, SK Telecom (Korea), Telecom Italia, Phillips-Van
Heusen (Hong Kong), Wells Fargo and Western Digital (Malaysia).