Oracle Releases HP Documents Asking To ‘Make Your Own Decision’

Posted on May 16 2012 - 4:56pm by Editorial Staff

HP in late April sued Oracle over the software creation that runs on HP System Intel’s Itanium chips. Oracle’s attorney ruled out a settlement with HP with a day after the judge refused to resolve the case for either side before trial. Oracle now strikes back by releasing a cache of documents. Jeb Dasteel, Oracle’s senior vice-president and chief customer officer, explained the move:

“At this time, there are many documents that have been disclosed through litigation that describe the true state of Itanium in Hewlett-Packard’s own words. Rather than us interpreting this situation for you, we thought we would give you access to the public HP documents so you can make your own decision regarding your investments in Itanium technology.”

In an open letter to affected customers Oracle said it was releasing the documents in order to allow them to “make your own decision” on the matter:

Dear Customer:

A little over a year ago we announced that we would no longer be developing new versions of Oracle’s database and other products on the Intel Itanium platform due to our strongly held belief of Itanium’s imminent end of life. We ensured our Itanium customers would have an easy transition to the platform of their choice by committing to 10 years of support for existing Oracle software running on Itanium.

Hewlett Packard strongly disagreed with our characterization of Itanium’s future and launched an immediate campaign designed, in their words, to foment “customer outrage.”

At this time, there are many documents that have been disclosed through litigation that describe the true state of Itanium in Hewlett-Packard’s own words. Rather than us interpreting this situation for you, we thought we would give you access to the public HP documents so you can make your own decision regarding your investments in Itanium technology.

After reading these documents we are confident that you will agree with our decision, taken with the best interest of our joint customers in mind.

Sincerely,

Jeb Dasteel, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer

Oracle

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