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HP lands server deal with United Airlines

Hewlett-Packard, which has been struggling with lower-than-expected Unix server sales, announces it has sold more than 108 to United Airlines.

Hewlett-Packard, which has been struggling with lower-than-expected Unix server sales, announced today that it has sold more than 108 such systems to United Airlines.

HP said the airline has purchased and installed eight top-end V-class HP 9000 Unix servers to power its worldwide systems for flight-crew scheduling, cargo scheduling, pricing systems, and speech-recognition.

United also bought more than 100 HP 9000 R390 Enterprise Servers to support communications on its Web site and Intranet systems.

The deal is a boost for HP, which is grappling with lower sales of Unix servers and is reorganizing its sales force.

HP's stock has dropped in the past two months, partly because of slower sales of PCs and servers in North America, the Palo Alto, California-based company said last month.

HP's high-end servers are configured in clusters, with Fibre Channel connections to mainframe computers and other networks and servers. Fibre Channel, an interconnection technology that's been waiting in the wings for several years, is poised to become widely used in the next few years as customers are increasingly clamoring for fast, reliable, and centralized storage systems.

"HP's [systems] fulfill our organization's goal of consolidating operations on flexible server platforms," Bob Restivo, executive director of worldwide information service operations for United Airlines, said in a statement.