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Oracle Joins HP’s Itanium Party

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HP and Oracle stepped up their commitment to sell more HP Integrity servers running Oracle software.
Oracle apps will now run on HP’s Itanium-based Integrity
server line.

Oracle said that its E-Business Suite, improved by the company’s purchases of PeopleSoft and Siebel Systems, will run on HP Integrity servers going forward. Oracle’s Database, Application server and Enterprise Manager already run on the Integrity machines.

The move is a response to customer demand to run everything of Oracle software on a single environment, supported by the HP-UX 11i operating system.

HP CEO Mark Hurd and Intel CEO Paul Otellini announced the upgraded partnership in a webcast press conference today. Oracle CEO Larry Ellison joined the webcast via video from Oracle OpenWorld in Tokyo.

The news centered around HP’s Integrity servers, which are based on the Itanium processor, a chip architecture rife with both controversy and promise.

IBM, Dell and Sun shun it, while HP remains the chip’s top cheerleader, perhaps with good reason: IDC expects the Itanium market to grow to $6.6 billion by 2009.

To answer questions about HP’s commitment to Integrity and Itanium, Hurd said HP is committed to invest $1 billion per year during the next five years to research and development, software, hardware, and services for Integrity.

“We’re banking on Intel’s commitment to Itanium,” Hurd said during the webcast.

Intel, in turn, is working feverishly to provide a dual-core version of Itanium to put in new servers, code-named Montecito.

Despite several delays, Otellini said during the webcast that Intel will launch the Montecito dual-core version of Itanium later this year.

Hurd said HP will launch the SX2000 chipset later this month to work with Montecito. The chipset will provide much better memory latency and up to 33 percent more performance for servers.

The company plans to use Montecito’s expected performance and capacity increases to drive even more growth in its Integrity line, he said.

In other facets of the announcement, HP said it is also installing Oracle Fusion Middleware into centers based in the United States, Tokyo, India, and France to help customers plan and install service-oriented architectures (SOAs).

Oracle will also extend its licensing support to the partitioning technologies of the HP Virtual Server Environment, where only the total number of capped processors within the server is required to be licensed.

This builds on Oracle’s plan to charge users on a processor factor of .50 for machines equipped with multi-core chips from AMD and Intel.

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