HP today issued the following statement:
HP believes that Oracle’s March 22 statement to discontinue all future software development on the Itanium platform violates legally binding commitments Oracle has made to HP and the more than 140,000 shared HP-Oracle customers. Further, we believe that this is an unlawful attempt to force customers from HP Itanium platforms to Oracle’s own platforms.
As a result, on June 15, HP filed a civil lawsuit in the Superior Court of the State of California, for the County of Santa Clara, seeking Oracle to reverse its decision. HP believes that Oracle is legally obligated to continue to offer its software product suite on the Itanium platform and we will take whatever legal actions are available to us necessary to protect our customers’ best interests and the significant investments they have made.
HP remains committed to a long-term mission-critical server roadmap, including Intel’s Itanium processor. Similarly, Intel has repeatedly reinforced its ongoing commitment to the Itanium roadmap.
(This entry was posted by Bill Wohl, HP senior vice president and Chief Communications Officer)
Today, HP clarified reporting in Fortune magazine, CNN, and InformationWeek related to HP’s support of the Windows operating system for use in tablets.
In a CNN/Fortune interview focused solely on the HP TouchPad and HP smartphones, CEO Leo Apotheker discussed the exclusive use of WebOS as the operating system on those devices. Unfortunately, media sources incorrectly reported that to mean that HP would not use Windows on all tablets. Since that time, all three media sources have corrected their stories.
Consistent with HP’s commitment to meet customer needs and offer choices, HP will continue to offer its Windows slate, the HP Slate 500. The HP Slate 500 is valued by enterprise/commercial customers in healthcare, retail point-of-sale, hospitality and other industries where compatibility with Windows applications is important.
First announced on February 9, 2011, the HP TouchPad, a webOS tablet, will be available this summer.
In response to Oracle’s March 22 press release, “Oracle Stops All Software Development For Intel Itanium Processor,” HP today issued the following statement by David Donatelli, HP Executive Vice President and General Manager, HP Enterprise Servers
"We are shocked that Oracle would put enterprises and governments at risk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity."
UPDATE 11:55am PT
HP just issued a more in-depth press release on this issue today, "HP Supports Customers Despite Oracle's Anti-customer Actions". In it, Donatelli expanded his statement to add, "Oracle continues to show a pattern of anti-customer behavior as they move to shore up their failing Sun server business. HP believes in fair and honest competition. Competition is good for customers, innovation and the marketplace."
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Shumeet Banerji, chief executive officer of Booz & Company
Gary Reiner, former chief information officer of General Electric Company
Patricia Russo, former chief executive officer of Alcatel-Lucent
Dominique Senequier, chief executive officer of AXA Private Equity
Meg Whitman, former president and chief executive officer of eBay Inc.
Describing the new members, non-excutive chairman of the HP board Ray Lane noted, “Each is a widely respected and deeply experienced business leader, and together they will provide our board and management team with new insight and perspectives relating to HP’s business and the rapidly changing technology industry.”
We also announced today that incumbent directors Joel Hyatt, John Joyce, Robert Ryan, and Lucille Salhany will not stand for re-election at HP’s Annual Meeting of Shareholders in March. At that time, the size of the board is expected to be 13 members.
We thank our current directors for their outstanding service to HP and look forward to the opportunity to work with our new members.
If you’d like to read more about our new directors, head over to the HP Newsroom for more details and biographical information.
This afternoon, HP was the subject of news stories that included speculation on HP’s future strategy.
In response, the company issued the following statement:
Speculation today about HP is being passed off as fact and is not accurate. HP is formulating a bold, solid plan for its future, a plan it will share with its employees, shareholders, customers and partners in due course, and certainly not in response to speculation.