Our story on Oracle joining Microsoft and Red Hat in discontinuing support for Intel’s Itanium platform drew a swift response from Hewlett-Packard, questioning Oracle over its reasons in pulling the pin on Intel’s enterprise platform technology.

HP released a statement on March 23 in response to Oracle saying that it plans to continue to Itanium platform development and innovation in combination with its HP-UX operating system using a roadmap that extends over ten years.

The company will also support Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, existing and future, over that timeframe. However, HP, has taken a swipe at Oracle and questioned one of the major reasons the software giant gave for its discontinuance.

“Oracle continues to show a pattern of anti-customer behavior as they move to shore up their failing Sun server business,” said Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, HP. “HP believes in fair and honest competition. Competition is good for customers, innovation and the marketplace. We are shocked that Oracle would put enterprises and governments at risk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity in a shameless gambit to limit fair competition.”

Meanwhile, HP claims comments from Intel boss Paul Otellini contradict the “end of life” comments made in Oracle’s statement.

“Intel’s work on Intel Itanium processors and platforms continues unabated with multiple generations of chips currently in development and on schedule. We remain firmly committed to delivering a competitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and other operating system customers that run the Itanium architecture.” Otellini said in response to Oracle’s announcement.

Oracle originally announced that it would discontinue support for Itanium after “multiple conversations with Intel senior management”.

The question this now raises is what was said to Oracle by Intel to make Oracle think Itanium would be soon “end of life”?

 

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