HP Tunes Matrix for Oracle Apps Private Cloud Solution

HP is optimizing its BladeSystem Matrix data center solution to help businesses create private cloud environments for their Oracle enterprise applications.

Hewlett-Packard is unveiling a private cloud offering based on its BladeSystem Matrix integrated data center solution that is designed specifically for Oracle applications.

HP's Private Cloud Solutions for Oracle Applications are designed to enable businesses to quickly deploy Oracle software, including PeopleSoft Enterprise, Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle Fusion Middleware.

Announced Sept. 20, the offering is based on the BladeSystem Matrix, an all-in-one solution introduced last year that includes the compute, networking, storage, virtualization and management software in a single box. With the Oracle offering also come HP's Cloud Service Automation software and StorageWorks data services, according to company officials.

The solution includes one-touch application provisioning and a self-service portal for delivering Oracle software service on-demand.

The hardware and software are shipped together from HP's Factor Express program. All of this is designed to reduce deployment time and architectural headaches for end users, according to HP.

"To ensure the best service delivery across an organization, clients need applications and infrastructure to be tightly integrated and IT systems to be tuned to the unique demands of each application environment," Mike Crowsen, vice president of the Oracle Alliance at HP, said in a statement. "No other vendor has integrated infrastructure for Oracle applications to the extent HP has with its Private Cloud Solutions for Oracle Applications, enabling clients to achieve levels of deployment speed, simplicity and flexibility never before possible."

The announcement comes during Oracle's OpenWorld 2010 show in San Francisco, and at the end of a tense two weeks between Oracle and HP. Oracle earlier this month hired Mark Hurd, who resigned under pressure as HP CEO in August, as co-president. The next day, HP sued Hurd, claiming his taking such a job with a competing company violated his hefty severance package, which some put in the $35 million range.

In addition, days after Hurd resigned from HP, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison blasted the HP board of directors for letting Hurd go, saying it was a terrible personnel move.

However, at OpenWorld, the two apparently reconciled their differences. HP dropped the lawsuit against Hurd, and two high-ranking HP executives-Ann Livermore, executive vice president of HP's Enterprise Business, and David Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager of enterprise servers, storage and networking with the Enterprise Business-spoke at OpenWorld.

For his part, Hurd also spoke at the show, unveiling the Exadata Database Machine X2-8 and remaining quiet about HP.

In a statement announcing HP had dropped the lawsuit against Hurd, Cathie Lesjak, CFO and interim CEO at HP, talked about the relationship between the two companies.

"HP and Oracle have been important partners for more than 20 years and are committed to working together to provide exceptional products and service to our customers," Lesjak said. "We look forward to collaborating with Oracle in the future."

They also both count IBM as their top rival in the tech industry.