Rival Sun chosen to work on new database computer

Oracle dumps HP

Enterprise software maker Oracle has ended a partnership with Hewlett-Packard, ahead of its acquisition of HP rival Sun Microsystems.

According to Reuters, Sun, the world’s fourth largest server manufacturer, and Oracle have developed a second-generation version of Exadata, a specialised database computer Oracle jointly launched with HP a year ago.

When Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison unveiled the first Exadata last year he reportedly said that it could not have been developed without HP’s help. However, when he revealed the new machine on Tuesday he told customers it would be the first of many products to combine Oracle’s software with Sun’s hardware.

"Everything is bigger about Exadata Version 2. Everything is faster about Exadata Version 2," he said during a presentation broadcast online.

An Oracle spokeswoman told Reuters that the first-generation Exadata computers would continue to be sold until existing inventory is sold out.

Oracle agreed to buy Sun, which makes storage equipment as well as servers, in April for over $7 billion.

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