Hewlett-Packard Co. complained that Oracle Corp. used discriminatory practices of its licensing and support for products based on Intel Corp. systems. Oracle is currently under investigation by France’s competition regulator on the basis of the complaint.
The competition authority said that it opened a probe against Oracle on HP’s July complaint, on Oracle’s refusal to support Intel’s Itanium systems, which would be an abuse of dominant position, and that its license pricing was “decided unilaterally”.
“A generalized eviction strategy by Oracle, reinforced, according to it, by a deceitful ad campaign against HP Integrity servers,” the regulator said in a decision published on its website today, Hewlett-Packard described.
Hewlett-Packard has also disputed in the Oracle’s US operations to stop developing those products that use Intel’s Itanium Chip, which HP uses in its some servers. The competition authority refused immediate HP request to ask Oracle to change its behaviour. Oracle, the world’s largest database-software maker, has responded on the HP’s act that it includes false advertising.
About Hewlett Packard:
Hewlett-Packard Company or HP is an American multinational information technology corporation headquartered in Palo Alto, California, USA that provides products, technologies, software, solutions and services to consumers, small- and medium-sized businesses (SMBs) and large enterprises, including customers in the government, health and education sectors.
About Oracle Corporation:
Oracle Corporation is an American multinational computer technology corporation, founded in 1977, that specializes in developing and marketing hardware systems and enterprise software products – particularly database management systems. Headquartered in 500 Oracle Parkway, Redwood Shores, Redwood City, California, United States