The respective keynotes and product launches illustrate that Oracle and Hewlett-Packard's partnership may be intact for now despite some recent public tensions, but so is the fact that the vendors are locked in increasingly stiff competition with each other.
Former HP CEO Mark Hurd left the company last month after a scandal involving his relationship with a contractor and the alleged falsification of expense reports.
HP followed up by suing Hurd, arguing that he will not be able to perform his job at Oracle without violating a confidentiality agreement tied to his severance package. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has called the suit vindictive and suggested it places the companies' partnership in jeopardy.
HP executive Ann Livermore, for one, made no similar remarks on Sunday. "I think that the numbers tell the story" about the companies' partnership, said Livermore, executive vice president of HP's enterprise business division. "We have 140,000 joint customers."
However, that relationship will be further tested as Hurd sets to work selling Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic machines.
Chris Kanaracus covers enterprise software and general technology breaking news for The IDG News Service. Chris's e-mail address is Chris_Kanaracus@idg.com