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Oracle faltered in pulling Itanium support, says analyst

IT analyst Rob Enderle says that Oracle made a mistake in pulling support away from approximately 140,000 Oracle on Itanium customers, adding that right now “Oracle on Itanium is probably not a good idea.”

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Rob Enderle on HP vs. Oracle

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The closing arguments in the Hewlett-Packard Co. vs. Oracle lawsuit wrapped up last week. And really the only thing that’s been resolved for IT pros is that running Oracle on Itanium is probably not a good idea, no matter the outcome of the trial.

Oracle announced in March last year that it would no longer be porting its databases and software to Intel’s Itanium chip. HP is the biggest manufacturer of servers that include Itanium, and there are approximately 140,000 customers out there running Oracle software on Itanium. HP responded with outrage, first demanding that Oracle reverse its stance. Then when Oracle didn’t, it sued.

HP’s main argument throughout was that there was an agreement under which Oracle pledged to continue its ongoing relationship with HP. The hardware giant contends that the agreement requires Oracle to continue supporting Itanium. Oracle disagreed, saying it doesn’t want to be weighed down by a microprocessor platform that it thinks is dying.

This week had a chance to talk to Rob Enderle, principal analyst at the Enderle Group in San Jose, Calif., about the case and its effect on IT pros running Oracle on Itanium.

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