Sept 4 Oracle Corp said it would
continue to support Hewlett-Packard Co's Itanium-based
servers after it lost a bitter lawsuit in which it had argued
that it was not obliged to make new versions of database
software compatible with the servers.
Oracle spokeswoman Deborah Hellinger declined comment when
asked if the company still intended to appeal the court's
ruling. Oracle said on Aug. 1, the day of the ruling, said that
it planned to appeal.
The high-stakes dispute between the two companies, which
have been partners for the past 30 years and have about 140,000
common customers, came after the former friends became intense
rivals following Oracle's purchase of Sun Microsystems.
Oracle's purchase meant that the company was now into the
server hardware field, in which it previously partnered with HP.
Oracle had argued that there had been no contract with HP
that required it to continue to support HP's servers based on
Intel Corp's Itanium chips and that it had made the
decision as Itanium was approaching the end of its life.
But Santa Clara Superior Court Judge James Kleinberg ruled
that there had been a contract.
Oracle software on HP's Itanium computers will be released
about the same time as Oracle software on IBM's Power systems,
Oracle said in a statement.
The case in the Superior Court of the State of California,
County of Santa Clara is Hewlett-Packard Company v. Oracle
Corporation, No. 11-CV-203163.