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Oracle refused bug fixes for Itanium customers: HP lawsuit

James Niccolai, IDG News Service | June 15, 2011
Oracle refused to provide critical bug fixes for customers who run its software on Hewlett-Packard's Integrity servers, in a bid to coerce them to switch over to Oracle hardware, HP alleged in a lawsuit it filed Wednesday.

"We believe that HP specifically asked Oracle to guarantee long-term support for Itanium in the September of 2010 agreement because HP already knew all about Intel's plans to discontinue Itanium, and HP was concerned about what would happen when Oracle found out about that plan," Oracle said.

Intel hasn't announced any plans to discontinue Itanium, and both HP and Intel insist they are committed to keep developing the chip. Intel spokeswoman Kari Aakre reiterated Wednesday that Intel plans to deliver at least two more generations of Itanium, known as Poulson and Kittson.

Still, Oracle said on Wednesday that "Intel's plans to end-of-life Itanium will be revealed in court."

It's not clear from HP's heavily-redacted lawsuit what agreement Oracle is alleged to have violated. A spokesman at HP declined to provide any additional comment.

Some of the remedies HP is seeking are also blacked out. The company wants the court to reverse Oracle's decision over Itanium, prevent it from making "false and misleading statements" about Itanium, and pay treble damages, including punitive damages, the lawsuit said.

 

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