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.