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MySpace loses co-president

Jason Hirschhorn, co-president of MySpace and the man meant to rebuild the social networking site, is leaving the company. News Corporation's chief digital officer Jon Miller said the company respected his decision and his desire to return to New York. Miller gushed: "As many people know, Jason is like family to me, and as …
John Oates, 18 Jun 2010
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VMware: Attack of the co-presidents

Server virtualization behemoth VMware has announced that it has named four co-presidents and removed the president job from Paul Maritz, the hot-shot Microsoftie brought in by EMC to battle his old employer in the virtualization racket. Maritz took the helm at VMware after co-founder Diane Greene was show the door in July 2008 …
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Oracle brass past and present tapped for Microsoft CEO - report

Two Oracle execs past and present have joined the list of top industry chiefs who’ve been approached to become the next Steve Ballmer. The software giant’s current hardware chief and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Mark Hurd has joined a a list reported by the Wall St Journal of eight Redmond outsiders approached by a Microsoft power …
Gavin Clarke, 14 Oct 2013
Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price

Oracle raids HP enterprise biz to find global channel chief

Oracle has filled the void at the top of its channel organisation after president Mark Hurd raided his previous employer HP by sweet-talking its Americas enterprise boss Rich Geraffo into jumping ship. The position lay vacant ever since well-respected channel figure and Oracle veteran Judson Althoff upped sticks in March for …
Paul Kunert, 16 Oct 2013
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Ellison taps ex-HP CEO Hurd as Oracle co-prez

Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd has been named co-president at Oracle. Maybe Charles Phillips, one of the two former co-presidents of software giant and hardware wannabe Oracle, should have spent more time on the tennis courts with founder and CEO Larry Ellison and less time in the office. The strategy seems to have worked well for Hurd. …
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year. The company reported its second-quarter results for its fiscal 2014 year on Wednesday, and surprised analysts by stemming the rot in new …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013

Ex-VMware ops chief floats over to Salesforce rival

VMware’s former chief operating officer Tod Nielsen has jumped ship to join Heroku, Salesforce.com’s Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) cloud operation. Nielsen has been named chief executive of Heroku, assuming the role vacated by Byron Sebastian who left the company in September 2012. Sebastian had been both CEO and executive vice …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Jun 2013

First, the bad news: EA bags Star Wars games rights

Disney has made good on its promise to farm out future Star Wars games to an outside developer after scrapping LucasArts - and picked much-loved EA. Electronic Arts will be able to build on its Jedi-inspired online multiplayer game Star Wars: The Old Republic now that the two entertainment giants have signed a multi-year …

Oracle and Dell forge worldwide server alliance

Dell and Oracle are teaming up on x86 servers, and Dell is set to develop a new "infrastructure offering" specifically for Oracle's database software. In other words, if you were planning on buying one of Oracle's standalone servers rather than a bundled system, you might want to think twice. The worldwide alliance was …
Jack Clark, 04 Jun 2013

Oracle posts flat revenues on slow software sales

Oracle execs were quick to talk up the company's cloud efforts during its Q4 2013 earnings call on Thursday, but slow software sales disappointed investors and sent Oracle's shares tumbling in after-hours trading. Total revenues for the fourth quarter of Oracle's fiscal 2013 were flat at $10.9bn when compared to the same period …
Neil McAllister, 20 Jun 2013
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HP's Ray Lane faces $100m tax bill over 'sham' tax shelter

It seems ex-HP chairman Ray Lane is as good at picking tax shelters as software companies, since the IRS now says he owes them $100m in unpaid taxes from an investment scheme that has been ruled illegal. Papers filed in the Washington tax court show claim Lane, who stepped down from HP in April in the wake of the botched …
Iain Thomson, 07 Jun 2013
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Oracle partners with NetSuite for people management

Oracle and NetSuite have forged a strategic alliance that will see the companies ensure data portability between their various "human capital management" systems. The partnership was first hinted at by Oracle chief Larry Ellison on a conference call last week, and the announcement follows on from significant partnerships with …
Jack Clark, 26 Jun 2013

Big layoff (singular) at Oracle on Thursday

The rumors are going around that someone high up in the organization was going to get the axe at software giant and systems playa Oracle when the company reports its financial results for the fourth quarter of fiscal 2012 on Thursday. According to a report written by JMP Securities, and published in Murdoch Wall Street rag …
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Technology tops Forbes list of 100 most powerful women

The latest list from Forbes of the 100 most powerful women on the planet suggests that the technology industry is leading the way in promoting sexual equality, contributing 15 per cent of the spots overall and a quarter of the top 20 positions. The technology industry contributed more names to the list (see below) than any other …
Iain Thomson, 24 Aug 2012
Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price

Ex-HP boss Mark Hurd's $53m gold parachute approved by judge

A US judge has dismissed a shareholder lawsuit against HP's board of directors over its bumper severance payment to ex-CEO Mark Hurd. District Judge Edward Davila said investors had failed to prove that the board's approval of Hurd's big package was not in the company's best interest. Hurd, now president of rival Oracle, left …

Ellison: Oracle will grow hardware biz soon

It is hard to watch the continuing decline in the Oracle systems business and not be concerned, but that is precisely what Oracle co-founder and CEO Larry Ellison wants you to do. Oracle is focusing on making the Sun businesses it has pruned (as distinct from the ones it has culled) profitable, and will worry about growth later …
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Oracle set for major Microsoft, Salesforce, Netsuite partnerships

Oracle is embarking on a spree of partnerships to assure the success of its much-ballyhooed 12c database among cloud companies. The red giant's chief, Larry Ellison, announced during Oracle's disappointing fourth quarter earnings call yesterday that Oracle will be forming alliances with NetSuite, Salesforce.com, Microsoft, and …
Jack Clark, 21 Jun 2013

Oracle's Ellison wanted an NBA team for Xmas - instead he got Eloqua

Larry Ellison has made no secret that he wants to own a professional basketball team. Now he owns a company called Eloqua, which does the marketing for some NBA teams and about 1,200 large corporations. While that is not quite the same thing, Borg'ing small, nice software companies is certainly more Oracle's game than owning any …
Oracle co-president Mark Hurd explaining the Platinum service level price

VC firm asked Mark Hurd if he wants to run Dell - report

Former disgraced HP chief Mark Hurd is the man VC Blackstone would plonk at the top of Dell should it scupper a bid by Michael Dell and chums to take the enterprise tech firm private again. This is according to a report by Bloomberg, which states Blackstone is considering matching the $24.4bn offered by Dell the man and his …
Paul Kunert, 21 Mar 2013
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Oracle puts database, middleware, Linux on Microsoft Hyper-V, Azure

If you were expecting some dramatic, cloudy news from Oracle and Microsoft, as the companies hinted last week they would reveal, you were likely disappointed by the nuts and bolts nature of what the two companies announced on Monday as part of an extended strategic partnership. No, Oracle is not shutting down its public cloud …
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Dell wants to be more than your box provider

If you are sitting around bored at work and you happen to keep a bottle of whisky in your desk, I have a new drinking game for you. In fact, you better switch to beer. The game is simple: log into the keynotes at Dell World 2012, which is being hosted by Dell this week in Austin, Texas, and every time one of the top brass says " …
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Gelsinger to take over as VMware CEO

The rumor mill was churning out chatter about succession changes at EMC and its virtualization minion, VMware, and this forced EMC's and VMware's hand and made them make their executive change announcements a week ahead of schedule. As expected, Pat Gelsinger, who is 51 years old and who for many years had run Intel's Xeon and …
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Oracle gears up for infrastructure cloud and 12c database launches

Larry Ellison has let the cat out of the bag about some announcements that Oracle is making at OpenWorld in San Francisco. The much-awaited Oracle 12c database is coming in two weeks, as is an infrastructure cloud service for the Oracle Cloud, he announced on Thursday. Oracle 12c will sport features for secure multi-tenancy …
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Rumor: HP giving Apotheker Das Boot

It looks like Leo Apotheker's tumultuous time at the helm of IT behemoth Hewlett-Packard could be drawing to a close. Both Bloomberg and the Wall Street Journal are reporting that HP board of directors has scheduled a meeting to consider giving Apotheker the boot after only 11 months on the job and replacing him, possibly on an …
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AMD finally manages to snare a CEO: Lenovo man Read

AMD has announced that its new CEO will be Rory P Read, who was most recently president and COO at Lenovo Group. The appointment comes after a seven-month search during which a number of IT execs, including Oracle's co-president Mark Hurd, EMC's COO Pat Gelsinger and Apple's Tim Cook, were approached by AMD and rejected the …
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Oracle reveals cloudy engineered systems

Oracle is rolling out private infrastructure as a service clouds, with capacity-on-demand (CoD) pricing, based on its various "engineered systems" setups. Financial services organizations have very stringent – and significantly higher – capital requirements since the Great Recession. These days every million counts and any shift …
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Oracle gives Solaris 11 final spit and polish

Systems maker Oracle is getting out the dogs and ponies and hauling them to New York City for the official launch of the long-awaited Solaris 11 operating system next week. The operating system, formerly known by the internal code-name "Nevada" when it was under development at the former Sun Microsystems, is not coming out at 11 …
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VMware still shines in a Facebook world

It's tough for VMware to compete for mindshare in a world where Facebook is getting ready to go public and social media is so much more graspable for the masses compared to the virtual infrastructure that VMware sells. But VMware's finances are still impressive enough to warrant some love for infrastructure, with revenues up 25 …
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Oracle's big cloud announcement, again

If you didn't have much to do this afternoon and tuned into the much-pumped Oracle cloud announcement, you probably were left scratching your head about an hour and a half later if you stuck around (as El Reg is paid to do), wondering what, exactly, Oracle announced and why it took so long to do it. Oracle did not "round out" …
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VMware's growth stalls – layoffs coming, but so are new hires

VMware will lay off a little less than 7 per cent of its workforce and perform a bit of a restructuring in light of the fact that it expects some headwinds in the first half of 2013. Pat Gelsinger, the new sheriff in VMware town, wants to slim the company down and get it focused on its core server virtualization and cloud …
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Oracle systems group slammed again in Q3

Oracle has gotten its software business back on track and is fixing to get its systems house in order soon as well, the top brass at the software giant and hardware maker have declared. In the financial quarter ended on leap day, Oracle's sales rose by 3 per cent to $9.04bn, driven by higher than expected sales of new software …

Oracle nudges Sparc T5s back out to 2013

This time last year at Oracle's OpenWorld extravaganza, John Fowler, Oracle's executive vice president of hardware, revealed a faster-paced roadmap for Sparc processors that showed the Sparc T5 chip being pulled into late 2012 from its original early 2013 delivery date. It now looks like Oracle needs a little more time to put …
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Intel backs 'overhyped' HTML5 for cross-platform app dev

HTML5 is overhyped, slow, and insecure, says Intel senior VP of software and services Renée James – but Chipzilla thinks it's the future of software development anyway. During her Wednesday keynote speech at the Intel Developer Forum 2012 conference in San Francisco, James said there really is no other technology available that …
Neil McAllister, 13 Sep 2012
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Oracle defies the economy – and the curse of Sun

Declining hardware sales, a rocky global economy, and a tough compare with the prior quarter did not slow down Oracle much in its first quarter of fiscal 2012 ended August 31. But these factors did slow it down a little. However, it was not enough to keep Oracle's profits from rising nicely as the company wrings costs out of the …
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HP-Oracle Itanium smackdown starts

Jury selection is underway in the trial that pitting server maker HP against its formerly strong software partner Oracle as they argue about the future of a technology that neither one of them controls: Intel's Itanium processor. Well, given that HP has been making payments to Intel to continue to develop the Itanium chips, at …
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Icahn and Blackstone to take separate runs at Dell

Those who wonder just how much Michael Dell wants to take control of the struggling IT giant that bears his name don't have long to wait. Private equity firm Blackstone Group and activist investor Carl Icahn are both reported to have tossed in bids to take control of Dell, the company, before the "go-shop" period of the …
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Oracle hammered as hardware sales soften

Software behemoth and systems player Oracle missed its projections for both hardware revenues and new software license sales in its second quarter of fiscal 2012. While Oracle was facing a very tough compare, the miss is something that will make Wall Street and the rest of the IT community jittery for a spell – at least until …
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HP sics Spaniards on Larry Ellison

Hewlett-Packard's legal fight with Oracle over Intel's Itanium processor has now landed in Spain. On Friday, La Comisión Nacional de la Competencia (CNC), the Spanish antitrust authority, released a statement saying that it had launched for formal investigation into Oracle's decision to cease development of its database, …
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Dell's co-presidente steps back

Dell is having a rejig of its top managers with co-president/COO Jim Vanderslice easing into impending retirement by stepping back from his role. This leaves Kevin Rollins as sole president/COO and Vanderslice is moving to a senior advisory role as vice chairman. He'll advise Rollins and CEO Michael Dell. Vanderslice retires …
Robert Blincoe, 31 Aug 2001
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Oracle fires Itanium countersuit at HP

Late Friday, Oracle filed a countersuit against HP, which sued Oracle back in June because Oracle said in March that it would not be developing future releases of its database, middleware, and application software on future Itanium processors. It's hard to tell who is stretching the truth more it in the ongoing lawsuit, and now …
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HP still NOT porting HP-UX to x86?

The Oracle and Hewlett-Packard lawsuit over the fate of Oracle's software support for Itanium processors, and therefore HP's HP-UX Unix variant, is under way in the Santa Clara County courts. New HP CEO Meg Whitman is making the rounds in the press and making her case to HP customers and partners at the Discover 2012 shindig in …
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Oracle to HP: 'Liar, liar, pants on fire'

The tit-for-tat between Oracle and Itanium chip partners Intel and Hewlett-Packard rolls on. Oracle has released a statement saying that contrary to claims from Intel and HP, its decision to halt Itanium software development is not putting enterprises and governments at risk. "Just the opposite is true," Oracle said with its …
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Oracle says HP is paying Intel to prop up Itanium

The legal spat between Itanium system maker HP and software and now systems maker Oracle has heated back up, with Oracle filing papers in California's Superior Court alleging that HP was paying Intel to keep the Itanium processor alive. This is sure to surprise readers of El Reg. Or, rather, not. The only way HP would ever have …
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Notebook price war slams Dell's revenues, slashes profits

A price war at the low-end of the notebook PC market where Dell has chosen not to participate plus a slump in PC sales where it is fighting to win buyers is wreaking havoc on Dell's financials. In the company's third quarter of fiscal 2013 ended on November 2, consumer mobile PC revenues were down a staggering 30 per cent. The …
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Oracle 'engineers' SMB database appliance

Larry Ellison says that he doesn't care if the company's x64 server business goes to zero. But Oracle has once again launched a database appliance based on x64 servers. The Oracle Database Appliance announced today is one of the four new "engineered systems" that Oracle is promising to launch over the next few weeks, and it is …
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Oracle rolls its own NoSQL and Hadoop

There's no shortage of ego at Oracle, as evidenced by the effusion of confidence behind the company's OpenWorld announcement of the not-so-humbly named Big Data Appliance. And then there were the o'erweening keynote presentations by some of the software giant and systems player's top brass on Monday, which included a montage of …
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HP may NOT spin off PC biz

In another world, Mark Hurd is getting out of the shower amid a haze of steam as CEO of HP – the sex pest claims were never made and he is still at the helm of the tech titan. Such is the fanciful turn of events at HP over the last 13-and-a-bit months, starting with a disgraced Hurd being cleared of sexual harassment but …
Paul Kunert, 22 Sep 2011
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VMware profits pinched in Q3, but not as pinchy as expected

Despite the fact that the economic conditions in Europe and Australia weakened in the third quarter and that the company didn't launch its updated virtualization and cloud software until late August, VMware turned in numbers that more or less met expectations. Just the same, profits were down 11.7 per cent to $156.8m against a …

HP names SAP vet as chief exec

HP's board has elected ex-SAP CEO Léo Apotheker as their company's new CEO and president, and provided him with a seat on the board. Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers managing partner Ray Lane was also named as non-executive chairman with a seat on the board. "Léo is a strategic thinker with a passion for technology, wide- …
Rik Myslewski, 30 Sep 2010
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HP sues Oracle over Itanic withdrawal

Hewlett-Packard has sued Oracle, just like it threatened it might last week, over the software giant's refusal to support the Itanium processor with future releases of its database, middleware, and application software. The complaint, filed in Santa Clara County Superior Court on Wednesday, asserts ten grievances against HPs …