HP to dismantle server line

Hewlett-Packard plans to announce Wednesday that it will discontinue the venerated 3000 server line after 30 years. The Palo Alto, Calif.

Hewlett-Packard plans to announce Wednesday that it will discontinue the venerated 3000 server line after 30 years.

The Palo Alto, Calif., company, struggling with an economic downturn and an attempted acquisition of rival Compaq Computer, apparently decided the line was too expensive to continue, sources said. HP made an effort to reinvigorate the line, which runs the MPE operating system, but most of the company's server attention is directed at its 9000 Unix server line and its NetServer Intel server line.

HP plans to support existing customers for the next five years, two sources said. Sales of existing systems and upgrades will continue through the end of 2002. --Stephen Shankland, Special to ZDNet News