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Friday, 25 March 2011 10:09

HP tells us that Itanium will last ten years

Written by David Stellmack
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Oracle needs to sling its hook
The maker of jolly expensive printer ink HP has been on the blower to us about Oracle's claims that both it and Intel know of a plan to kill off the Itanium chip.

Dave Donatelli, executive vice president and general manager, Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking HP told Fudzilla that it will continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity server platforms with its HP-UX operating system using a roadmap that extends more than 10 years. He added that HP will continue to support customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms, during the same timeframe.

Donatelli hit out at Oracle's anti-Itanium antics saying that the outfit was showing a pattern of anti-customer behaviour of late as it tries to sort out its failing Sun server business.  “HP believes in fair and honest competition. Competition is good for customers, innovation and the marketplace. We are shocked that Oracle would put enterprises and governments at risk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity in a shameless gambit to limit fair competition,” he said.

HP pointed out that it had moved ahead into second position in the Unix market while Sun lost share and fell back into third since Oracle announced it would acquire Sun in April of 2009.


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0 #1 genetix 2011-03-25 10:57
So, same article second end of the story.

HP got crippled and only way to show anything is to start rumor mill that oracle is bad and we support everything funny in a sense of company HP size. 10 years? get real with existing software.

Somehow I still doubt this will affect the opinion of real investors.
 
 
+3 #2 hoohoo 2011-03-25 22:11
Quoting genetix:
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Itanium is a big tin CPU, realistically it plays against IBM Power, not x86 or x86/64 or even SPARC.

There is a market for big tin, it's just much smaller by volume than x86.

Back in the day, Intel tried to roll out Itanium as the replacement for x86 on the desktop and server room. That was ill considered and a rather cynical attempt to regain control of the mass CPU market.

I had the chance to play with a multi-box, single address space Itanium cluster once. It was very impressive, very expensive, but also very much not for everyone. :-)
 

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