Oracle Threatens to Cut Ties with HP

By Jessica Davis  |  Print this article Print

HP has filed suit in California Superior Court against its former CEO Mark Hurd alleging that he cannot fulfill his duties as Oracle's new president without violating his confidentiality agreements with HP. Oracle responded, threatening to cut all business ties to HP.

Oracle responded with fire and fury in a tersely worded statement, threatening to cut off all business dealings with HP.

"Oracle has long viewed HP as an important partner," said Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, in the statement. "By filing this vindictive lawsuit against Oracle and Mark Hurd, the HP board is acting with utter disregard for that partnership, our joint customers, and their own shareholders and employees.   The HP Board is making it virtually impossible for Oracle and HP to continue to cooperate and work together in the IT marketplace."

Jessica Davis covers the channel for eWeek and Channel Insider. Her technology journalism career began well before anyone heard of the World Wide Web and has included stints at Infoworld, Electronic News/EDN, and the Philadelphia Business Journal. Her work has also appeared on CNN and Forbes.com. She has covered hardware, software and networking, as well as the business side of technology. She has won several journalism awards, including a national ASBPE award for best staff-written column, and was named Marketing Computers hardest working tech journalist on their inaugural list of top tech journalists. Jessica can be reached at jessica.davis@ziffdavisenterprise.com