* Announces new Exadata storage server
* Closely watched remarks follow exit from HP
By Gabriel Madway and Noel Randewich
SAN FRANCISCO, Sept 20 In his first public
appearance since joining Oracle Corp ORCL.O, Mark Hurd
avoided controversy and delivered a straightforward sales pitch
for the company's nascent hardware business.
In brief, but closely watched remarks at Oracle's annual
user and technology conference, Hurd made no mention of his
former employer, Hewlett-Packard (HPQ.N), where he was chief
executive until early last month.
Hurd told the audience on Monday he was "thrilled" to be on
stage at the Oracle OpenWorld conference.
"I've been coming to these events for a while and I'm glad
to be part of the team," Hurd said.
Hurd, who was credited with resuscitating HP after he took
over in 2005, was ousted from the company on Aug. 6. HP said
Hurd filed inaccurate expense reports related to a female
marketing contractor who worked for his office.
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison named Hurd, his close friend,
co-president a month later after publicly lambasting HP's board
for pushing him out.
HP sued Hurd to block him from joining Oracle. Relations
between the two Silicon Valley giants, who count more than
140,000 joint customers, have been strained ever since.
Oracle, the world's third-largest software maker, is moving
to compete in hardware following its multibillion acquisition
of Sun Microsystems earlier this year. That push will bring the
company into closer competition with HP.
Hurd on Monday announced a new storage server, the Exadata
X2-8, which combines technology acquired in the Sun deal with
Oracle's database software.
"It's a complete system, ready to run," he said. "An
integrated system, optimized, fully supported, serviced by us,
one company accountable. We're doing everything."
Oracle is looking to double its hardware business, taking
share from IBM (IBM.N) and others.
Shares of Oracle fell 1 percent to $27.20 on the Nasdaq in
(Reporting by Gabriel Madway and Noel Randewich. Editing by