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Katz said that if he were Oracle Chairman Larry Ellison, he would probably do the same in terms of hitting at HP.
"Larry Ellison is like Wile E. Coyote," Katz said. "His move to hire (former HP CEO) Mark Hurd was brilliant. If I were Larry, I'd do the same move against Itanium. Will HP roll over? No. But it's a very smart move for Larry. I have a lot of respect for him."
HP and Oracle declined to comment further on the news.