Richard George, enterprise server business manager at HP, said the last HP3000 would ship on 1 October. "After this date, support will run for three years," he said.
HP's Time Expired campaign is designed to alert users of the need to migrate from the HP3000's Mpe/ix operating system onto HP-UX. The HP3000 typically runs retail, distribution and ticketing applications.
Emmet Hayes, chairman of the HP Computer Users Association, said, "The HP3000 is still used in as many as 500 UK installations. Whatever users decide to move to will be a big change." He said users may choose to run Windows or Unix servers; migrate their existing applications; or run an off-the-shelf package. Whichever route they take, Emmet is confident that most will be able to meet the 2006 deadline.