Oracle, HP in Bluestone Deal?

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-06-27 Print this article Print

Larry Ellison says Oracle is discussing the purchase of HP's middleware business.

Oracle Corp. reportedly has been talking with Hewlett-Packard Co. about buying its middleware business. Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison, following a keynote speech at Oracle OpenWorld in Copenhagen, Denmark, said the company is discussing the purchase with HP, reported Reuters. Speculation has spread in recent weeks that the software maker is considering buying HPs Bluestone software business. HP officials had hinted at plans to sell the business, which it had acquired in 2000.
The centerpiece of the Bluestone middleware software line is a Web services platform. It provides an architecture and tools for building and deploying Web services, and for publishing and finding services in third-party registeries. Its components include a SOAP server, XML document framework, XML digital signature security pack and graphical tools for composing Web services and a services registery.
HPs Bluestone line also includes packages of software and servies solutions for business process integration, rich media services and mobile portals. Calls to HP, of Palo Alto, Calif., for comment werent returned late Wednesday. Oracle officials, in Redwood Shores, Calif., declined to comment. Ellison, as quoted in Reuters, said that the HP unit would be a small acquisition and also cautioned people not to draw conclusions from the talks since Oracle has discussions with HP about many areas.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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