When a worldwide string of parties commemorated the HP 3000 on Oct. 31, 2003, it would've been easy to think the system was experiencing some kind of death. HP, for one, was pressing the system into continued use after that date. The company continued its role in those weeks and months as one of the biggest users of a system that was coming off its price list.
Chris Gauthier of the GCG Data training and documentation service drew on his internal experience with HP’s datacenter configurations to report on those first steps of the afterlife. The 3000 remained responsible for a sizable share of HP’s business operations on the day it came off the product list.