HP Accuses Oracle Of Illegal, Anti-Competitive Behaviour

Hewlett Packard has sent a letter to enterprise software maker Oracle, demanding that it continue supporting Intel’s Itanium server chip.

Oracle stirred controversy when it announced that the company’s software will no longer support Intel’s future Itanium chips as it was nearing the end of its life-cycle.

Intel, along with HP, refuted the claims made by Oracle, with some believing that it was a clever ploy by Oracle to move customers to its own server hardware.

HP claims that the move will severely hurt market competition and result in hundreds of millions of dollars of lost productivity. HP is heavily invested in Itanium, offering server hardware based on the chips that are used by businesses that mostly use Oracle’s software.

“We believe that this is an unlawful attempt to force customers from HP Itanium platforms to Oracle's own platforms,” an HP spokesperson said in a statement to Channel Register.

“As a result, on June 8, HP made a formal legal demand on Oracle to reverse its decision. HP believes that Oracle is legally obligated to continue to offer its software product suite on the Itanium platform and we will take whatever legal actions are available to us necessary to protect our customers' best interests and the significant investments they have made,” the spokesperson added.