HP and Oracle Battle in Court!! {3}

by Joshua L
The article I read for this week is pretty interesting and also entertaining. It discusses the recent relationship between HP and Oracle that has gone sour over the duration of the past two years since their long fruitful relationship ended on a bad note. HP filed the suit being heard next week. It wants a court to declare that the so-called Hurd Agreement reached in September 2010 is a binding contract and that Oracle breached it by dropping Itanium development. HP also accused Oracle of libel and defamation, saying the company lied when it said that Intel was planning to kill Itanium. HP said Oracle was pulling development from Itanium in a bid to pull customers over to its own hardware, which came from HPs acquisition of Sun. read more...

HP’s Dabble in the Data Warehousing Business {2}

by Kevin Q

When Mark Hurd became Hewlett-Packard’s President in 2005, he noticed that as a technology company, they were failing in one area internally. They had no central system that collected all their companies data together into what Mr. Hurd liked to call “a single version of the truth.”(Vance 2008) Mark Hurd used to head the teradata division at NCR, where he helped start data warehousing, however now he notice that HP needed some kind of similar system to help itself. After explaining some benefits of data warehousing like noticing trends during certain times of the year and other analysis that can be noticed once data is all collectively pulled together, HP created NeoView internally. NeoView is a data warehouse and business intelligence computer server that would solve and help with HP and Mark Hurds needs. It became available for purchse to the public, now a competitor in the data warehousing market which was dominated by much larger companies like Teradata, IBM, Oracle and Microsoft. HPs sales weren’t impressive, which may have been results of building its systems on expensive older technology, reather than cheaper and newer technology, according to expertes in the field. The NeoView can cost more than 10 million for the whole setup, which is kind of pricey, especially when competitors are using cheaper setups and therefore reducing price to customers. Their entrance into the data warehousing came at a time where companies were beginning to see the importance and advantage of data warehouses, but their approach seems to be a little off. read more...

HP Aquired New Database Company {Comments Off on HP Aquired New Database Company}

by Peter C

Hewlett-Packard was planning to buy Stratavia in order to make its company stronger. Stratavia is a company that focused on developing application deployment automation solution for support, coding, configuration management, patching and back –ups. With this company combining with Hp, the business portfolio will make the company portfolio better. It will become a one stop shop for infrastructure and application development. read more...

“Dirty” Data Producers {Comments Off on “Dirty” Data Producers}

by Monica G

It is common knowledge, that every major technology corporation has data warehouses or data backup sites. But have many of us thought about the energy usage of these locations. Well Greenpeace has, they even published a report titled, “How Dirty is your Data?” in which it listed the top nine technology companies and their power usage. Apparently, Apple along with HP, do not use very “clean” power for their data warehouses. The scores are based on the percentage of “clean and dirty” power used by the companies. “Clean” referring to the type of power such as solar or wind, while “dirty” means coal or nuclear. The statistics come from the information publicly available from the organizations, even though a request is made by Greenpeace for more information, to help make the evaluations more accurate. As stated before Apple scored very low, 6.7% while HP received 9.9%. The Apple score primarily came from their location in North Carolina, where only 5% of the energy usage was deemed “clean.” While, HP’s electricity usage primarily comes from coal and nuclear energy, which explains why they received such a low rate. The article also notes that even though Facebook didn’t make it to the bottom of the list, it is well on its way. The ever growing social network relies heavily on coal for its cloud. read more...