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Just last week, HP CEO and President Leo Apotheker sharply criticized Oracle for its decision to stop developing its highly regarded database software for Intel's Itanium platform, the engine for HP's high end systems. What's more, HP is waging a public campaign to get solution providers and customers to get Oracle to reverse that decision.
Martin Tarr, CEO of Tiburon Technologies, an Independence, Ohio solution provider that has recommended both Oracle and HP solutions, said he sees it as a non-event. "From an outsider perspective watching Oracle and HP go at it, I don’t think it's a story about providing value to their customers," he said. "It is more like watching two Sumo wrestlers argue about who had a bigger breakfast. It doesn’t affect my relationship with HP or Oracle, but it is interesting to read the IT tabloid news regarding HP Oracle."
Tarr said it is ironic that the lawsuit comes after Oracle itself won $1.3 billion in a copyright infringement case against SAP. "Oracle is certainly familiar with someone taking their proprietary tachnology as evidenced by the lawsuit they won against SAP," said Tarr. "If this is true that someone left HP with proprietary information and went to Oracle, then Oracle is going to find that the sword cuts both ways."
One HP solution provider who did not want to be identified, said he was saddened by the lawsuit. "I just can't see Adrian doing this," said the source. "And what would Adrian possibly know or bring to Oracle that Mark Hurd, the former CEO of HP, already didn't know."