CORRECTED - CORRECTED--(OFFICIAL) -UPDATE 1-Oracle ends computer tie-up with

Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:09pm EDT

   (Corrects paragraph 6 to say Oracle will continue to sell
older Exadata machines until inventory runs out, after company
corrects earlier statement)
 * Oracle ends partnership with HP on database computers
 * Oracle launches next-generation computer with Sun
 BOSTON, Sept 15 (Reuters) - Oracle Corp ORCL.O has ended
a high-profile computer-building partnership with
Hewlett-Packard Co (HPQ.N) as Oracle prepares to acquire Sun
Microsystems Inc JAVA.O, a rival of HP.
 Sun, the world's No. 4 server maker, and Oracle have
jointly developed a second-generation version of a specialized
database computer, dubbed Exadata. Oracle and HP launched the
first version a year ago.
 Oracle Chief Executive Larry Ellison unveiled the new
machine on Tuesday, almost a year after he announced his
company's entry into the hardware business with help from HP.
At the time, he said that HP would be a key ally in that
effort.
 But the dynamics of that relationship have changed since
April, when Oracle agreed to buy Sun for more than $7 billion.
Hewlett-Packard and Sun are fierce rivals in the markets for
server computers and storage equipment.
 The new Exadata computer is the first of what Ellison has
said will be many products that wed Sun's hardware with
Oracle's software.
 An Oracle spokeswoman said Oracle would continue to sell
the Exadata computers, built in partnership with HP, until
existing inventory is sold out, if customers request that
model.
 Officials at Hewlett-Packard could not be reached for
comment.
 When Ellison unveiled the HP partnership a year ago, he
told customers that the product could not have been developed
without that company's assistance.
 On Tuesday he bragged that Sun's technology made the
database computer far superior to hardware from rivals
including Teradata Corp (TDC.N) and Netezza Corp NZ.N.
 "Everything is bigger about Exadata, Version 2. Everything
is faster about Exadata, Version 2," he said during a
presentation to customers that was broadcast over the Internet.
 Oracle does not break out sales of the Exadata machine. But
during the company's most recent earnings call, Ellison said
that it was one of the most successful products he had launched
since he founded the company more than 30 years ago.
 (Reporting by Jim Finkle, editing by Matthew Lewis)