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Compaq And Inktomi To Provide Appliances That Speed Web Content

AUCKLAND, March 28, 2001 - Compaq Computer Corp and internet infrastructure and search-engine company, Inktomi have signed a partnership to develop appliances that will speed delivery of content over the Internet.

Compaq TaskSmart C-Series content accelerator appliances will incorporate Inktomi Traffic Server network caching and media distribution software allowing users a faster internet connection thanks to a more intelligent, content-aware, appliance solution.

The collaboration between the two companies will see the applications prioritise content delivery, offering an improved flow of content across networks and a higher quality faster service.

"We already have strong interest in New Zealand for this type of specialist application." says Jeff Healey, Industry Standard Server Product Marketing Manager. "Our TaskSmart appliances offer internet service providers and users who are looking to stream rich media across the internet an improved and more efficient solution."

Compaq and Inktomi's new application will optimise the delivery of streamed media and other file types, which could include email and customer orders.

The Compaq TaskSmart C-Series with Inktomi software will be available in New Zealand during the second quarter of 2001.

FOR MEDIA ENQUIRIES PLEASE CONTACT: Pamela Bonney Public Relations Manager Compaq Computer New Zealand Tel: 09-918-9278 Mob: 021-914-990

Stephen Knightly Manager - Client Service Consultus New Zealand Ltd Tel: 09-913-1833 Mob: 025-756-063

Issued by Consultus NZ Ltd for Compaq Computer New Zealand

COMPANY BACKGROUND Compaq Computer Corporation, a Fortune Global 100 company, is a leading global provider of technology and solutions. Compaq designs, develops, manufactures, and markets hardware, software, solutions, and services, including industry-leading enterprise computing solutions, fault-tolerant business-critical solutions, and communications products, commercial desktop and portable products, and consumer PCs that are sold in more than 200 countries. Information on Compaq and its products and services is available at Compaq and the Compaq logo Registered U.S. Patent and Trademark Office. Product names mentioned herein may be trademarks and/or registered trademarks of their respective companies. This press release may contain forward-looking statements based on current expectations that involve a number of risks and uncertainties. The potential risks and uncertainties that could cause actual results to differ materially include: component shortages, delays in the implementation of changes in delivery models, increased competitive environment and pricing pressures, delays in product rollout schedules, slow acceptance for new form factors, employee retention, disruptions related to restructuring actions, the financial condition of resellers, delays in new systems implementation, operational inefficiencies related to sales cycles, equity investment volatility, and emerging market political or economic instability. Further information on the factors that could affect Compaq's financial results is included in Compaq's Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filings, including the latest Annual Report on Form 10-K and the latest quarterly report on Form 10-Q.

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