Hewlett-Packard has waded in to Oracle's spat with Intel over the future of the Itanium processor, branding Larry Ellison's outfit's decision to drop the Itanic as "anti-customer".
HP claims it will "continue the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity server platforms with its HP-UX operating system using a roadmap that extends more than 10 years".
The firm said it will also support customers running Oracle software on its Itanium-based servers, for the next decade.
"Oracle continues to show a pattern of anti-customer behavior as they move to shore up their failing Sun server business,” said HP's general manager of Enterprise Servers, Storage and Networking, Dave Donatelli. He said HP was "shocked" at the decision which he claimed "would put enterprises and governments at risk while costing them hundreds of millions of dollars in lost productivity in a shameless gambit to limit fair competition.”
"HP believes in fair and honest competition," he flannelled. "Competition is good for customers, innovation and the marketplace."
Intel's president and CEO, Paul Otellini, made a guest appearance in HP's statement, in which he said Intel remains, "firmly committed to delivering a competitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and other operating system customers that run the Itanium architecture.”
“Intel’s work on Intel Itanium processors and platforms continues unabated with multiple generations of chips currently in development and on schedule," he said.
Contradicting Oracle's claim that the Itanium was all-but dead in the water, the HP-Intel axis said plans were afoot to develop the architecture beyond its upcoming 32-nm, 8-core-based 'Poulson', restating Intel's commitment to 'Kittson' which is roadmapped beyond 'Poulson'.
The statement suggested Oracle's trashing of the Itanic was a case of sour grapes after Oracle-owned Sun lost market share to HP servers. "It is clear that Oracle customers are voting with their purchasing decisions against the Sun platform. This latest Oracle action of disinformation is clearly an attempt to force customers into purchasing Sun servers in a desperate move to slow their declining market share, " the statement read.