HP’s Clients Demand Oracle to Continue Developing Software for Itanium

User Community Speaks Out Against Oracle Decision on Itanium Architecture

by Anton Shilov
04/14/2011 | 02:58 PM

Partners and clients running Oracle software on Intel Corp.’s Itanium-based HP Integrity servers are actively voicing their concerns about Oracle’s decision to end software development for the Itanium processor architecture, HP said on Thursday. The company quotes executives from five companies demanding new software from Oracle for Itanium.


Connect, the world’s largest independent HP user community with 52 000 members, announced it will continue to support and advocate for HP and Oracle customers running Itanium-based systems. Connect is urging its members to speak out in an effort to persuade Oracle to reconsider its decision. The group encourages its members to submit feedback on the impact of this situation to their organizations directly to the Connect Advocacy Committee, where hundreds of customers already have voiced their concerns.

HP claims that its hardware holds the No. 2 position in the UNIX market, ahead of Oracle’s Sun hardware, with thousands of customers who have invested billions in HP Integrity systems running HP-UX and Oracle software. Oracle’s decision to halt future development for Itanium-based platforms will cost these customers millions in lost productivity while blocking fair competition and stifling innovation in the industry, HP insists.

“We believe in fair and spirited competition and the customer’s right to choose the best technology for their organizations. In their most recent quarterly earnings, Oracle missed their hardware revenue target on Sun servers. The industry is voicing its concerns about the dubious business practices Oracle is conducting as a way to revive its failing hardware business,” said Martin Fink, senior vice president and general manager of business critical systems at HP.

HP’s partners testimonials describe how Oracle’s decision limits the number of options in the market, forcing enterprises into a locked-in environment that will drive up costs while hindering their ability to innovate for their businesses, the company believes.

HP remains committed to supporting its customers running existing versions of Oracle software on HP Integrity servers as well as its network of joint HP and Oracle partners.

“We recently made significant investments in an HP infrastructure that best supports our mission-critical computing needs with Oracle software on Integrity servers. Forcing customers into changing platforms impacts our business strategy and partnerships. We rely on both HP and Oracle as significant business partners in running our business. Having one partner dictate platform strategy is unthinkable. We urge Oracle to reconsider its decision.” said Carol Skarlat, executive vice president and chief technology officer at Stuller.

“I am concerned about the thousands of customers which HP and Oracle share and the effect this rather abrupt and uncoordinated decision by Oracle has on the future of the applications used by these customers. As a small software consulting and development company, I am currently working on porting an application to OpenVMS I64 V8.4, which uses Oracle 10g2R. With Oracle’s announcement, our organization is exploring other database options,” claimed Bill Pedersen, systems consultant at Computer Consulting System Services.

“We see this as perhaps the poorest example in a number of less than stellar decisions made by Oracle over the years. Clearly an attempt to shore up a hardware platform that cannot stand on its own merits,” stated Hayden Stewart, vice president of IT for a SaaS software vendor.

“If I could tell Oracle something right now it would be that competition is what drives innovation. Don’t be afraid of the competition – embrace that – and let’s do what’s right for our end-user customers,” declared John Vigliecca, vice president of Dasher Technologies.

“You shouldn’t use coercion to try to move your clients off a robust, proven platform,” said John Pietro, director of business development at Gibraltar Solutions.