New Legal Twists In HP, Oracle Rivalry

In the latest twist in the ongoing corporate tussle between HP and Oracle, Hewlett Packard has filed a lawsuit against Oracle over its apparent refusal to develop database software for Itanium chipset based servers.

According to the lawsuit filed by HP, it appears that there was a private agreement in which Oracle was expected to guarantee continued support for database software running on Itanium servers. However, Oracle has clearly stated that no such agreement exists.

The battle between HP and Oracle also seems to have a personal element. When HP’s former chief Mark Hurd was forced to resign from his position on, he found support from Oracle boss Larry Ellison.

“The H.P. board just made the worst personnel decision since the idiots on the Apple board fired Steve Jobs many years ago,” said Ellison, Business Insider reports.

Ellison quickly made the best of his competitor's mistake, recruiting Hurd to join Oracle as co-president, which is sure to give Oracle an edge in the companies' ongoing rivalry.