Oracle Says HP told lies to Itanium customers

HP and Oracle’s handbags at dawn fight over Intel’s Itanium chip has finally gone completely public with the court case paperwork seeing the light of day for the first time.

According to Wired, Larry Ellison’s latest legal filings make colourful copy considering he makes storage and middleware products.

Oracle updated its cross-complaint in a lawsuit with HP claiming that the maker of expensive printer ink is a nasty villain which is twiddling its moustache and saying Buwah ha ha a lot.

Apparently the Dick Dastardly of the IT world is spending all its time cooking up secret deals with Intel to trick customers into believing that Intel was crazy about Itanium.

However HP knew that it had completely flopped as a high-end alternative, and was having to shovel cash at Intel to keep the Itanium development alive.

One quote from the documents says that there was a contrast between what HP was discussing internally, which was the truth, and what it was telling the market and its actual and prospective customers, which were blatant lies.

All sounds good but, as Wired points out, does not say much.

Oracle’s complaint gives a blow by blow account of the negotiations after Oracle and HP settled the Hurd lawsuit. HP tried to add language that guaranteed database, middleware and Java support on HP-UX, Oracle says.

But Oracle said that the final, executed version of the agreement is nearly identical to the version Oracle first drafted, adding only that the parties would reaffirm the idea of partnership “as it existed prior to Oracle’s hiring of Hurd.”

In other words Ellison was saying that Hurd’s hiring would not bring about a change in Oracle’s business practices.

HP said that agreement obligated Oracle to keep supporting HP-UX. Oracle says “um, not really.”

When the Oracle statements came out, HP felt the need to stick a quote in the post saying that the filing was another example of Oracle attempting to distract from the “undeniable fact” that it has breached its contractual commitment to HP and ignored its repeated promises of support to customers.

Oracle’s HP-UX customers have no idea whether next year’s Oracle 12G database will run on their hardware which is something which could harm HP-UX sales. Meanwhile Oracle carries on selling its own version of Unix, called Solaris, which can only benefit from the situation.

It will all come to a head when the trial starts in April 2.