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Oracle expands Itanium support

Oracle is expanding its support for HP’s Itanium-based Unix servers, by delivering a version of its E-Business Suite that will run on the platform.

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Oracle is expanding its support for HP’s Itanium-based Unix servers, by delivering a version of its E-Business Suite that will run on the platform.

Oracle's core database software is already available to run on HP's powerful line of Integrity Itanium servers, but the E-Business Suite, covering finances and other business applications, has been missing.

Oracle said it will now introduce an Itanium-compliant version of the E-Business Suite by the end of the year. 

HP and Intel, which have jointly designed the Itanium chip, have been working to expand the number of software applications that can run on the Itanium platform.

A perceived lack of compliant applications is a major reason why the platform has not taken off, as well as delays to new Itanium processors.

Industry backers of Itanium recently pledged to spend $10bn (£5.8bn) over the next five years to promote the Itanium platform, with the bulk of the money coming from Intel and HP.

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