Press Release: October 16, 2007

Oracle and HP Deliver Complete Business Solutions Tailored for Midsize Companies

Oracle Accelerate Solutions and HP Reference Configurations Simplify IT Decisions for Midsize Customers and Partners
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Oct. 16, 2007

Oracle and HP (NYSE:HPQ) today announced that they have teamed to deliver complete software, hardware and service solutions tailored to midsize companies. These new offerings are comprised of unique combinations of Oracle® Accelerate solutions and HP reference configurations and are designed to offer midsize companies a proven, easy-to-own solution that enables them to achieve faster time-to-value. HP and Oracle will promote this new offering by launching a global tour of customer-focused events.

HP reference configurations for Oracle are guidelines for HP servers, storage and software that are based on joint HP and Oracle engineering expertise and best practices. The HP-approved configurations, which support midsize company user counts of 25, 50, 100 or 200, can save customers valuable configuration time and provide guidance when deploying Oracle on HP hardware.

The cost-effective, low-risk Oracle and HP solutions enable growing businesses to achieve a tangible return on their IT investments. The combination of Oracle Accelerate solutions with HP’s reference configurations for Oracle gives customers and partners flexibility, scalability and a range of options to optimize continuity, security and efficiency at a lower total cost of ownership and according to unique business requirements.

“In order for businesses to be competitive in today’s global marketplace they need to be enabled with affordable, easy-to-own IT solutions that are as powerful and secure as enterprise systems,” said Oracle Senior Vice President, Global Accelerate Program Office, Tony Kender. “With hardware from a platform industry leader like HP and world-class applications from Oracle, customers can address their entire spectrum of IT challenges in a single instance and within budget.”

The offering from Oracle and HP combines Oracle Accelerate solutions with a range of HP storage and server technology, including the HP BladeSystem c3000, HP StorageWorks products, and HP ProLiant and HP Integrity servers. Specifically, customers and partners can currently take advantage of these proven application configurations based on HP server and storage technology for the Oracle E-Business Suite and Oracle’s JD Edwards EnterpriseOne. More information about the HP reference configurations for Oracle Accelerate solutions is available at

Additionally, customers can benefit from a performance advantage running Oracle Applications on HP infrastructure. As a result of HP’s sustained engineering investment in Oracle Applications and technologies, HP now owns the top 6 positions for published Oracle E-Business Suite small configuration benchmarks. The benchmark environment is tailored for 600-1000 online users, and the results have been certified by an independent audit firm.

“With Oracle, we’re offering midsize businesses combined solutions developed with their unique needs in mind,” said Urs Renggli, director, worldwide small and midmarket business, Technology Solutions Group, HP. “We are pleased to be helping customers reduce cost, mitigate risk and grow their business through our joint solutions.”

“Our business was running on multiple non-integrated systems that were no longer supported. We needed a complete, integrated solution that could scale easily to meet changing demands, so we selected Oracle, DAZ Systems, Inc. and HP,” said Road Runner Sports, Chief Operating Officer, Diane Kath. “That solution is currently being used successfully in all areas of our business and we have been able to customize a new warehouse facility based on our unique requirements. This would have been impossible to accomplish with our legacy system and without a system that could accommodate our growth.”

Complete Solution Helps Partners Expand Reach

Partners have an opportunity to take advantage of the joint offering from Oracle and HP by adding industry-specific expertise or services relevant to their target market or current customer base. Additionally, the solution helps facilitate collaboration between Oracle Accelerate Partners and HP resellers and service providers, allowing each to extend their market presence outside of traditional local geographies.

About Oracle Accelerate

Oracle Accelerate is Oracle’s strategy for helping Certified Partner and Certified Advantage Partners in the Oracle PartnerNetwork rapidly deploy complete, easy to own, industry-focused solutions for businesses and government entities. A key component of Oracle Accelerate is the availability of pre-packed application bundles that can be quickly implemented by partners and provide a wide range of industry-specific functionality. Also as part of Oracle Accelerate, Oracle provides partners with Oracle Business Accelerators, which are rapid implementation tools, templates and process flows to enable customers to realize immediate benefit from Oracle Applications. 

About the Oracle PartnerNetwork

Oracle PartnerNetwork is a global business network of more than 19,500 companies who deliver innovative software solutions based on Oracle software. Through access to Oracle’s premier products, education, technical services, marketing and sales support, the Oracle PartnerNetwork program provides partners with the resources they need to be successful in today’s global economy. Oracle partners are able to offer their customers leading-edge solutions backed by Oracle’s position as the world’s largest enterprise software company. Partners who are able to demonstrate superior product knowledge, technical expertise and a commitment to doing business with Oracle qualify for the Certified Partner levels.

About HP

HP focuses on simplifying technology experiences for all of its customers – from individual consumers to the largest businesses. With a portfolio that spans printing, personal computing, software, services and IT infrastructure, HP is among the world’s largest IT companies, with revenue totaling $100.5 billion for the four fiscal quarters ended July 31, 2007. More information about HP (NYSE: HPQ) is available at

About Oracle

Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) is the world’s largest enterprise software company. For more information about Oracle, please visit our Web site at

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This news release contains forward-looking statements that involve risks, uncertainties and assumptions. If such risks or uncertainties materialize or such assumptions prove incorrect, the results of HP and its consolidated subsidiaries could differ materially from those expressed or implied by such forward-looking statements and assumptions. All statements other than statements of historical fact are statements that could be deemed forward-looking statements, including but not limited to statements of the plans, strategies and objectives of management for future operations; any statements concerning expected development, performance or market share relating to products and services; anticipated operational and financial results; any statements of expectation or belief; and any statements of assumptions underlying any of the foregoing. Risks, uncertainties and assumptions include the execution and performance of contracts by HP and its customers, suppliers and partners; the achievement of expected results; and other risks that are described in HP’s Quarterly Report on Form 10-Q for the fiscal quarter ended July 31, 2007 and HP’s other filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission, including but not limited to HP’s Annual Report on Form 10-K for the fiscal year ended Oct. 31, 2006. HP assumes no obligation and does not intend to update these forward-looking statements. 

About HP

HP Inc. creates technology that makes life better for everyone, everywhere. Through our portfolio of printers, PCs, mobile devices, solutions, and services, we engineer experiences that amaze. More information about HP Inc. is available at