Oracle to continue Itanium support

Oracle has said that it will continue to support HP’s Itanium-based servers after it lost its lawsuit in which it claimed it wasn’t obliged to make new versions of its database software compatible with the servers.

But a company spokesperson refused to comment when Reuters asked if the company still intended to appeal the court’s ruling against it. Oracle said in August that it planned to appeal.

The pair were the best of chums for the past 30 years and have about 140,000 common customers, But things turned ugly after Oracle’s purchase of Sun Microsystems.

Oracle’s purchase meant that the company was now into the server hardware field and HP’s rival.

Larry Ellison’s Oracle had argued that there had been no contract with HP that required it to continue to support HP’s servers based on Intel Itanium chips. He claimed that the Itanium was approaching the end of its life.

But Santa Clara Superior Court judge James Kleinberg ruled that there had been a contract and Oracle should honour it.

Oracle software on HP’s Itanium computers will be released at the same time as Oracle software on IBM’s Power systems, Oracle said in a statement to Reuters.