HP users: Put Oracle on Itanium or else...

Connect, an HP user community with 50,000 members, has called on Oracle to reconsider its decision to abandon support for the Intel Itanium 64-bit platform.

Connect, an HP user community with 50,000 members, has called on Oracle to reconsider its decision to abandon support for the Intel Itanium 64-bit platform.

Itanium, the processor inside HP's high-end Integrity server family, will no longer be supported by Oracle. Last month Oracle said: "After multiple conversations with Intel senior management Oracle has decided to discontinue all software development on the Intel Itanium microprocessor. Intel management made it clear that their strategic focus is on their x86 microprocessor and that Itanium was nearing the end of its life."

This revelation is seen as a direct attack on HP, after former CEO Mark Hurd joined Oracle last year.

Oracle is also aggressively building a hardware business around its Sun hardware business, which competes with the Integrity range.

"We recently made significant investments in an HP infrastructure that best supports our mission-critical computing needs with Oracle software on Integrity servers. Forcing customers into changing platforms impacts our business strategy and partnerships. We rely on both HP and Oracle as significant business partners in running our business. Having one partner dictate platform strategy is unthinkable. We urge Oracle to reconsider its decision," said Carol Skarlat, executive vice president and chief technology officer, Stuller.

"I am concerned about the thousands of customers which HP and Oracle share and the effect this rather abrupt and uncoordinated decision by Oracle has on the future of the applications used by these customers. As a small software consulting and development company, I am currently working on porting an application to OpenVMS I64 V8.4, which uses Oracle 10g2R. With Oracle's announcement, our organization is exploring other database options," said Bill Pedersen, systems consultant, Computer Consulting System Services.

Earlier this year Oracle tightened its grip on hardware support.

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