Although a California court ordered Oracle to continue porting its software to Itanium, IDC analyst Crawford Del Prete said "one could argue that the damage has already been done with customers -- it has created a lot of uncertainty around the platform."
Del Prete also said it's critical that HP shore up its services unit, where Mike Nefkens was named acting chief, replacing John Vistenin, who departed "to pursue other interests," according to the company. Vistenin was hired by Apotheker during his short, rocky run atop the U.S. tech icon.
Chris Kanaracus of the IDG News Service contributed to this story.
This version of this story was originally published in Computerworld's print edition. It was adapted from an article that appeared earlier on Computerworld.com.
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