Server Den: HP Fires Back At Oracle: 'Ellison Bought A Money Losing Business'
Hewlett-Packard appears to have had enough of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison’s bashing, and is answering back in a statement that minces no words.
HP is firing back at the persistent dissing it's received at the hands of Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, ever since HP forced out chief executive Mark Hurd in August. HP sent me a statement in which it minces no words about who it thinks is the top server vendor, and what it thinks of Oracle's claims of benchmark superiority; I'll get to that below. First, some context.
The most recent Oracle salvo came on Dec. 2. As Global CIO guru Bob Evans noted in his column, Ellison went after HP's servers at Oracle's UltraSparc Supercluster introduction:
"We're one big cheetah, and IBM's a stallion . . . and HP's a Turtledome," said Ellison with a huge laugh. ["Turtledome" is an arch reference to HP's high-end Itanium 2-based Superdome servers.--Editor] . . . We think the HP machines are vulnerable, we think they're slow, we think they're expensive, we think they're vulnerable in the marketplace, and we're gonna go after them."
The piece praised Ellison's focus on the emerging category of optimized systems--tuned hardware/software platforms--at the expense of the commoditized server business Oracle took control of when it acquired Sun Microsystems.