News Release

HP Announces Smart Internet Usage 2.0 and IP Usage-Management Alliance With Cisco and EDS

Next-Generation Internet Service-Management Solution
Apr 26, 1999

Next-Generation Internet Service-Management Solution Delivers Critical ISP Network Information, Creating New Services, Tailoring Businesses to Customer Needs

PALO ALTO, Calif.-- April 26, 1999 -- Hewlett-Packard Company today announced a significant Internet service-management advancement, Smart Internet Usage (SIU) 2.0, which offers simplified usage metering, unlimited scalability, flexibility for multiple usage applications, and multiplatform support (HP-UX(1), Windows NT. and Solaris) to ISPs.

HP also announced an Internet Protocol (IP) usage-management alliance with Cisco Systems, Inc. and EDS that will leverage Cisco's NetFlow data-collection technology and EDS' business-consulting and systems-integration expertise to enable IP usage-management solutions for the complete ISP value chain.

SIU gives service providers and enterprise-network managers a consolidated, Internet data-mediation platform for billing, tracking and data mining of subscriber utilization of network resources and services.

SIU 2.0

The following SIU 2.0 capabilities provide unprecedented flexibility and power to ISVs and system integrators and can be tailored to special needs, such as tiered service and billing plans, strategic marketing, capacity planning and data mining:

  • distributed data store [PA1]architecture for high availability and unlimited scalability;
  • IDR+, a versatile user-configurable interface for data-output structure and format;
  • configurable rules interface for business-policy management; and
  • open APIs for development of new usage applications and business models.

"HP is powering communications with SIU 2.0, giving ISPs critical vision and information to create new revenue-generating services and better retain customers, while keeping basic service costs low," said Sanjay Uppal, general manager for HP's Internet Infrastructure Operation. "This announcement solidifies HP's premier position in IP usage-management solutions."

"Usage management -- tracking, profiling and analysis -- is a key differentiator for increasing ISP revenues while enhancing customer satisfaction," said Herb Madan, vice president and general manager of Cisco's Network and Services Management Business Unit. "By uniting key technologies, we will enable ISPs to deliver best-in-class IP services without expanding existing network infrastructures. These technologies are critical to developing new services and capabilities, helping ISPs manage their businesses and create new revenue opportunities."

"ISPs play an integral role in the emergence of electronic commerce," said Charles Ansley, president of EDS' Communications Industry Group. "Enabling ISPs to measure network usage and tailor business to customer needs is a tremendous advantage in an increasingly competitive market. We're helping ISPs pull vast amounts of usage data from the network and deliver it in a clear, highly valuable format. The IP usage-management alliance gives ISPs tools to constantly improve service offerings and vastly grow their businesses."

IP Usage-Management Alliance

Cisco Systems' advanced NetFlow technology identifies IP packet flows, performs efficient data collection, accelerates security filtering and exports collected data -- all while maintaining high router performance.

HP's SIU 2.0 platform provides aggregation, correlation and management of vital network data, as well as business-relevant information from session devices and higher-level services and systems.

The IP usage-management alliance will increase existing ISP infrastructure capabilities, expanding ISPs' networks and IT management capabilities. EDS' business-consulting and systems-integration expertise ensures that IP management solutions have the highest levels of compatibility and interoperability, across multiple applications and vendors, and improves business-process performance, including customer care and billing.

About HP's Communications Industry Business Unit

Hewlett-Packard Company supplies communications IT infrastructure to every Fortune 500 telecommunications company in the world today. HP and its partners deliver management, network intelligence, billing and customer-care solutions for UNIX and Windows NT system platforms, enabling service providers to migrate from network-, to customer-focused business models as Internet and telephony worlds converge. More information is available on the Web at

About HP

Hewlett-Packard Company -- a leading global provider of computing and imaging solutions and services for business and home -- is focused on capitalizing on the opportunities of the Internet and the proliferation of electronic services. HP had computer-related revenue of $39.5 billion in its 1998 fiscal year.

HP plans to launch a new and independent measurement company consisting of its industry-leading test-and-measurement, components, chemical-analysis and medical businesses. These businesses represented $7.6 billion of HP's total revenue in fiscal 1998. With leading positions in multiple market segments, this technology-based company will focus on high-growth opportunities such as communications and life sciences.