Despite a public roadmap showing future development of Itanium processors past 2011, Oracle has decided to end support of Itanium systems for its database. HP is suing because it makes a ton of money selling Itanium servers intended to run Oracle. Ellison insists that Intel intends to end production of Itanium. Is he mad?
“Intel’s work on Intel Itanium processors and platforms continues unabated with multiple generations of chips currently in development and on schedule. We remain firmly committed to delivering a competitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and other operating system customers that run the Itanium architecture,” said Paul Otellini, president and chief executive officer of Intel. That, in response to Oracle’s end of support announcement, is pretty definitive, I would say.
HP claims Oracle has contractual requirements to support Itanium and Oracle denies that. Grab the popcorn and watch the collision in the courtroom. They cannot both be right and the judge should be able to decide this one clearly…
Comments from all over:
- 2011-3-28 Art Wittmann of InformationWeek recommends cutting reliance on Oracle. Does that mean PostgreSQL? That can be justified on technology, TCO and support. Here’s a test against Oracle on an existing database.
- Ellison does correctly observe that RedHat no longer supports RHEL 6 on Itanium but will supply security fixes until 2014 on RHEL 5.
- HP also accuses Oracle of dirty tricks to get HP’s customers to switch to Oracle on SUN servers by providing no more fixes for Oracle on HP servers…
- HP’s legal complaint has redactions hiding the juicy parts.
- Oracle promises to reveal Intel’s plans to end the life of Itanium in court. This could seriously damage Intel and HP if true. This could seriously damage Oracle if false…
With such childish arguments in the playground from pillars of IT, more businesses should consider FLOSS and if PostgreSQL is lacking, contribute to beefing it up. That would bring lower costs and greater security than relying on these guys. The whole world needs databases and can make its own. There is no need to have a guy like Ellison stomping through server rooms with his monopoly on enterprise databases.
Unlike Oracle database, PostgreSQL is Free Software and you get the licence with a free download of the software and you can run it, examine it, change it and distribute it. That’s the right way to do IT.