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HP files ‘malicious’ lawsuit against Oracle over Itanium

by Scott Bicheno on 16 June 2011, 09:49

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More work for the lawyers

Computing giant HP has followed up on its threat of a week ago by filing a lawsuit against Oracle claiming the enterprise software powerhouse has breached an agreement to support the Intel Itanium server processor.

In response Oracle has issued a statement entitled "HP knew All About Itanium End-of-Life Plans Before Oracle Found Out," in which it accuses HP of trying to get Oracle to guarantee long-term support for Itanium when it already knew Intel had plans to end-of-life Itanium.

"Knowing this, HP issued numerous public statements in an attempt to mislead and deceive their customers and shareholders into believing that these plans to end-of-life Itanium do not exist," said the Oracle statement.  "But they do.  Intel's plans to end-of-life Itanium will be revealed in court now that HP has filed this utterly malicious and meritless lawsuit against Oracle."

That should be an interesting revelation. Back in March, when all this kicked-off, Intel CEO Paul Otellini issued the following statement: "Intel's work on Intel Itanium processors and platforms continues unabated with multiple generations of chips currently in development and on schedule," he said. "We remain firmly committed to delivering a competitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and other operating system customers that run the Itanium architecture." So Oracle is effectively accusing Intel of lying too.

All things D has a bit more on this, including a statement from HP reiterating its grievance. It also embedded the court filing, which we've reproduced for you below.

 

HP-Oracle-Complaint.pdf

 



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Flogging a dead horse TBH. I don't know anyone using Itanium. The only place I've come across it at all was inside IBM 3 years ago where they were using it to build JVMs for other Itanium users. Then again they were also using OS/2 for the same reason.
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Flogging a dead horse TBH. I don't know anyone using Itanium. The only place I've come across it at all was inside IBM 3 years ago where they were using it to build JVMs for other Itanium users.
The group I work alongside is rolling out Integrity's as fast as they can. :o

Getting back to the article, personally I hope Oracle get their come-uppance. I don't think anyone in HP is claiming that Itanium is going to go on forever, but neither is it being dropped soon (according to Intel). From what I've heard Oracle have been telling customers that DB on Itanium is effectively EOL'd and - by the way - can we sell you some nice shiny new Oracle servers, SPARC or x86?

Note please, not “we don't support you because you're on Itanium” but actually "we won't continue to support you because you're not on our hardware and OS“ (according to some reports in DBA forums they're also trying to stop people using DB on RHEL and Suse because of ”support issues").

Personally I've nothing but utter contempt for Oracle, (not only on this, but also on the disgusting way they handled the stuff they got from Sun), but if what they're doing (however underhand) is going to hasten the demise of Itanium then good on them.

(Opinions expressed are my own)