HP Demands Oracle Support Itanium

By Sean Kerner (Send Email)
Posted Jun 9, 2011


HP isn't going to let Oracle off the hook for supporting Itanium. HP goes on the offensive in its defense of Itanium.

Back in March, Oracle publicly announced that it was discontinuing support of Oracle applications running on HP's Intel Itanium powered servers.

Now, nearly three months later, HP is pushing back, claiming Oracle has a legal obligation to continue supporting Itanium.

"HP believes that Oracle's March 22 statement to discontinue all future software development on the Itanium platform violates legally binding commitments Oracle has made to HP and the more than 140,000 shared HP-Oracle customers," HP said in a statement sent to InternetNews.com. "Further, we believe that this is an unlawful attempt to force customers from HP Itanium platforms to Oracle’s own platforms."

HP (NYSE: HPQ) sent Oracle (NASDAQ: ORCL) a formal legal demand letter telling Oracle it needs to reverse its decision on abandoning Itanium.

"HP believes that Oracle is legally obligated to continue to offer its software product suite on the Itanium platform and we will take whatever legal actions are available to us necessary to protect our customers’ best interests and the significant investments they have made," HP stated.

Oracle made a number of claims back in March that HP disagreed with. Not only did Oracle publicly announce it was discontinuing support for Itanium, Oracle also claimed that Intel was, too.

"Intel management made it clear that their strategic focus is on their x86 microprocessor and that Itanium was nearing the end of its life," Oracle stated in a March press release.

Both HP and Intel have refuted Oracle's claims.

"HP remains committed to a long-term mission-critical server roadmap, including Intel’s Itanium processor," HP stated. "Similarly, Intel has repeatedly reinforced its ongoing commitment to the Itanium roadmap."

While HP is going after Oracle for Itanium support, other vendors have already abandoned the platform. Microsoft (NASDAQ: MSFT) announced in April 2010 it was ending Itanium software development.

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of Internet.com, the network for technology professionals.

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