Microsoft’s CEO Steve Ballmer, its Azure chief Satya Nadella and Oracle’s president Mark Hurd are holding a joint press conference next week, just two days before Microsoft’s Build developer conference is scheduled to kick off in San Francisco.
Sure, HP and Oracle are locked in the Itanium legal feud. But it’s time for the media to state the obvious — yet again: Itanium was dead (or at least doomed) long before Oracle killed development for the 64-bit HP-Intel chip. So why did Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) and HP (NYSE: HPQ) wind up in court over a dead, er… struggling, microprocessor?
Oracle Corp. (NASDAQ: ORCL) President Mark Hurd says the Sun Microsystems acquisition, which occurred three years ago, has absolutely paid for itself in terms of cash flow vs. the purchase price, and thanks to acquired technologies like hardware and Java.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison can be a wellspring of newsworthy comments. Little wonder, then, that for close to an hour on Tuesday, IT journalists were rapt as he ruminated on the subjects of the day in an interview with Sun Microsystems' Ed Zander at the Churchill Club in Silicon Valley.
Oracle will port its Enterprise Linux distribution to Sun's Sparc processor, a move that could help it compete better against IBM and Hewlett-Packard in the high-end server business. CEO Larry Ellison made the disclosure in response to a question about Oracle's Linux strategy at the company's Sparc systems launch last Thursday.