We recently have heard that Oracle has chosen to stop future development for all their software on the HP Itanium platform. Let’s put aside that Oracle has unilaterally made this decision for their customers, and shelve the fact that this decision was an attempt to gain more control over a company’s IT budget. Let’s instead look at the rationale and logic that was used for this decision:
- “After multiple conversations with Intel senior management.”
Yet, Intel immediately distanced itself from Oracle with Paul Otellini, Intel CEO, issuing a statement to the contrary, where Intel Reaffirms Commitment to Itanium.
- “Help customers protect their investments”
Whose investments is Oracle trying to protect? Oracle has a history of dropping off platforms to simplify and lower the costs of its own development. It is unclear how limiting choice of platforms, particularly mission-critical platforms such as HP Integrity Superdome systems, helps to protect customer’s investment.
- “Oracle continually evaluates customer demand for its software on server platforms.”
Now this is the one the really makes me laugh. All you need to do is look at the IDC data mentioned in this blog post by an HP colleague, “Whose clunker do you want cash for?”, to see that if Oracle followed its own logic it should have stopped software development on Sun SPARC systems…but it didn’t. Hmmm – I wonder why?
Borrowing the words of the 23rd century Vulcan philosopher, Mr. Spock: “Most illogical.”
What doesn’t defy logic is the reason that companies have continued to select HP Integrity servers as their choice for mission-critical workloads. Click here to find out why.