HP has sued Oracle, saying the database leader has reneged on a deal to support the Itanium microprocessor used in HP's high-end enterprise servers. The complaint (PDF), filed on Wednesday in California Superior Court in Santa Clara, accuses Oracle of breaching contractual commitments to HP and deploying "tactics... to force customers to shift from HP's Itanium server hardware to Oracle's own server hardware". "HP believes that Oracle is legally obligated to continue to offer its software product suite on the Itanium platform, and we will take whatever legal actions are available to us necessary to protect our customers' best interests and the significant investments they have made," HP said in a statement. Itanium servers face waning market share in the face of competition from those based on typical x86 architectures, while rumours abound that Intel is dropping support for its beleaguered platform. In its suit, HP is looking for Oracle to re-instate support for Itanium, as well pay … [Read more...] about HP unleashes lawyers on Oracle over Itanium support
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Amid mixed Q1 earnings posted on Wednesday , Oracle CEO Larry Ellison dropped an important tidbit about the agenda at OpenWorld next week. Read also Salesforce.com, Oracle partner in cloud Oracle databases head to Microsoft's Hyper-V, Azure Is Salesforce building on Oracle's next-gen database? Oracle: Can it handle tech curves, multi-front wars? Oracle's master stroke: Boxing, locking Salesforce in Microsoft-Oracle deal: What you need to know While last year's edition of the annual powwow drew Oracle's cloud strategy into the spotlight , this year the hardware giant is honing in on in-memory databases. Specifically, we can expect to hear more about the new In-Memory Option for the Oracle database. "Virtually every existing application that runs on top of the Oracle database will run dramatically faster by simply turning on the new In-Memory feature," Ellison boasted in the first fiscal quarter earnings statement. "Our customers don't have to make any changes to their … [Read more...] about Oracle execs drop hints about OpenWorld 2013 agenda
In what's become almost a yearly ritual, the big three database suppliers--Oracle, IBM and Microsoft--are prepping major product releases meant to steal away one another's customers. But unlike previous competitive cycles, this time around the entrenched suppliers are eyeing the threat posed by a growing number of open-source alternatives, particularly on the low end. Market leader Oracle fired its latest salvo on Monday when it released Oracle 10g release 2, an upgrade to its "grid" database that adds better security and management. News.contextWhat's new: Bottom line: More stories on databases The company intends to begin an "open beta" program in August or September for Viper, which is now being tested with a small number of customers, according to an IBM representative. Meanwhile, Microsoft will make its delayed SQL Server 2005 database generally available on Nov. 7. Combined, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft last year garnered more than three-quarters of the dollars spent on … [Read more...] about Database vendors eye open-source effect
Is Oracle's recent slowdown in the applications business a one-time fluke or just the latest setback in a troublesome area for the software maker? The company News.contextWhat's new: Oracle reports that sales of its business applications have been far below expectations, leading to speculation that its pursuit of rival PeopleSoft has become a distraction. Bottom line: More stories on Oracle Oracle's chief financial officer, Harry You, dismissed concerns about weakness in Oracle's applications business overall. And during the company's quarterly conference call on Tuesday, Oracle executives deflected questions over whether the ongoing PeopleSoft takeover attempt has become a distraction. "I urge people not to get...misled. It's not as if it is a serious negative situation in our view, because we expect growth for the year," You told analysts. One reason cited by Oracle for the big percentage drop in application sales this quarter, as compared with the same period last year, is … [Read more...] about What ails Oracle?
Oracle announced the availability of its Oracle 10g database on Tuesday and cut prices, in an effort to gain more customers among midsize businesses. As previously reported by CNET News.com, Oracle released the Unix and Linux versions of its Oracle 10g database and dropped the price of its entry-level database to about $5,000 per processor, matching the cost of Microsoft's SQL Server 2000 database. A Windows version of Oracle 10g is slated for completion in a "few weeks," according to company executives. Get Up to Speed on...Open sourceGet the latest headlines andcompany-specific news in ourexpanded GUTS section. For the first time, the database giant also is offering its Real Application Clusters (RAC) for free to smaller businesses that purchase Oracle's midlevel database offering, called Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition. Clustering software, used to run an application across many connected servers, was previously available as a $20,000-per-processor option for the … [Read more...] about Oracle ships 10g database, cuts price