SPARCing another front in Oracle’s battle with HP
First came the initial announcement. Then came responses, first from Intel, indignant at Oracle’s suggestion that the Itanium processor was on a death watch, then from HP, saying it was “shocked” at Oracle’s decision. Later it went on to describe Oracle’s move to Bloomberg as a “shameless gambit” to harm competition.
Now Oracle is firing back, in a statement that just arrived. Basically Oracle is accusing HP, which sells pretty much all of the servers that use the Itanium chip, of not being straight with its customers about what it thinks is really going on: Specifically that the Itanium chip is going to be killed, sooner rather than later, despite Intel’s insistence to the contrary. It’s not an unreasonable thing to suspect.