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Oracle engineered systems have former HP exec at the helm

A former executive vice president at HP was hired to run the Oracle engineered systems group. In other Oracle news, a judge threw out Oracle's latest Cover Oregon lawsuit.

Former EMC and HP executive to be new lead of Oracle hardware

Oracle has confirmed that David Donatelli has joined Oracle as executive vice president in charge of the engineered systems group. Donatelli has had a long history in the hardware world. Donatelli spent 22 years at EMC and rose to executive vice president of its storage division in 2007. In 2009, he left the company and shortly afterward was hired by Hewlett-Packard (HP), where he became executive vice president of the company's enterprise software department until 2013, when he was reassigned to focus on identifying early-stage start-ups for potential investment. Donatelli worked at HP during Oracle co-CEO Mark Hurd's tenure as HP's CEO, so this isn't just a new job for him, but also a return to his former boss.

Oracle announced the availability of Argus 8.0

Oracle Health Sciences recently announced the release of Oracle Argus Enterprise Edition 8.0, Oracle Argus Standard Edition 8.0 and Oracle Argus Safety Japan 8.0. Argus is designed to assist health and safety organizations with maintaining compliance to reporting regulations. It is an end-to-end platform that models business processes, supports case management and provides visibility into reporting metrics. The most recent version, Argus 8.0, introduces the ICH E2B(R3) and FDA eVAERS expedited reports, that support compliance with adverse event reporting.

Other new features include enhanced ad hoc reporting, point-in-time querying and more self-service analysis on the periodic report data set. These new features are made possible by deeper integration with Oracle Argus Safety, Oracle Argus Mart, Oracle Argus Insight, Oracle Business Intelligence Enterprise Edition, and Oracle Health Sciences Empirica Signal.

Judge throws out Oracle lawsuit against former governor of Oregon's advisers

Oracle's latest lawsuit pertaining to its conflict with the state of Oregon over Cover Oregon has been dismissed by Judge Henry Kantor of the Multnomah Circuit Court. In March, Oregon filed a $33 million claim against a campaign adviser and four political consultants -- Kevin Looper, Patricia McCaig, Scott Nelson, Tim Raphael and Mark Wiener, all of whom worked for former Governor John Kitzhaber. It cited press reports that suggested Kitzhaber's reelection campaign had played a serious role in the decision to shelve the Cover Oregon health insurance exchange project. Oracle alleged that Cover Oregon was, in fact, ready to roll out in February 2014, but the advisers pulled the plug for political reasons.

Kantor's decision to dismiss the case was not related to the political and economic arguments. It was based on a filing by the five advisers citing Oregon's Anti-Strategic Lawsuit Against Public Participation (SLAPP) law. The law is meant to protect against lawsuits meant solely to silence critics. Kantor announced that he agreed with the defendants that the advice they gave Kitzhaber was protected under free speech.

Terix settles with Oracle over Solaris support, will pay $57.7 million

The lawsuit between Oracle and Terix -- and co-defendant Maintech -- began in 2013. Terix and Maintech both provided third-party support for customers using Oracle Solaris. Oracle wanted the co-defendants to stop taking Solaris patches from Oracle's customer support site and using them to provide services for their own customers. In 2014, Terix countersued, citing unfair competition and anti-trust laws. In March, Terix filed a Motion for Sanctions against Oracle, claiming it had destroyed important evidence in the case.

In May, the court ordered Maintech to pay Oracle $14 million. More recently, Oracle and Terix came to a settlement agreement under U.S. Magistrate Judge Paul S. Grewal in U.S. District Court for the Northern District of California. According to the agreement, Terix will pay Oracle $57.7 million. It will also refrain from providing customers with updates, patches, bug fixes, media kits or any other proprietary material of Oracle's. Furthermore, it will allow Oracle to perform an audit annually of all of its work related to Sun-Oracle for the next five years.

Jessica Sirkin is associate site editor of SearchOracle. Email her at [email protected] and follow us on Twitter: @SearchOracle.

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