About 4 weeks ago Oracle announced that they would be halting all future development on Itanium and that the end was nigh for the chip. The next day, Intel shot back with a public statement stating that was certainly not the case: Intel Reaffirms Commitment to Itanium. Plenty has been written afterwards. Here at HP, we are fighting hard on behalf of our mission-critical computing customers but it is you that has the most powerful voice. Oracle didn't ask you before they made their decision, but you can continue to speak out now and tell Oracle how you feel about this decision, and how it impacts your business, your peace of mind, your bottom line. Tell them to change course - and put you, the customer first.
What else has been said in the media (social and traditional) in the past month? Here's a collection of several of the key pieces published. You can also search #Itanium and #customersfirst on twitter to see what's been said.
All Things Digital, April 14, 2011
Summary: Highlights HP partner videos and the fact “HP partners who have for one reason or another hitched their wagon to the Itanium train and rely on Oracle software describe how the decision is going to cause trouble for them and for their customers.”
CRN, April 14, 2011
Summary: Showcases the ease in migrating to HP servers; highlights HP customers and channel partners are speak out against Oracle’s decision to end software development for Itanium.
eWEEK, April 14, 2011
Summary: Focuses on HP clients and partners running Itanium and their frustrations with Oracle’s decision
The Inquirer, April 13, 2011
Summary: Extensively quotes HP executives, customers and partners – thereby highlighting the industry’s dissatisfaction towards Oracle’s decision
The Wall Street Journal, April 5, 2011
Summary: While covering Intel’s new Xeon chips, HP is quoted noting the mission-critical capabilities of Itanium chips compared to the new Intel line of Xeon chips.
Computerworld, April 4, 2011
Summary: Discusses the negative implications for customers in the wake of Oracle’s announcement and the possible shifts that will need to be made by customers running Oracle databases and applications on Hewlett-Packard servers.
CNET, April 1, 2011
Summary: Pointing to HP and Oracle’s recent interactions as a prime example of how courtesy is increasing scare between IT vendors, this article also alludes to how Oracle’s actions may be repeated in other partnerships with vendors such as IBM, Red Hat and Dell.
Softpedia, March 30, 2011
Summary: Quoting critiques by HP executives, the article notes Oracle’s desire to migrate them to Sun SPARC platforms at the expense of customers.
eWEEK, March 30, 2011
Summary: In addition to quoting HP executives pledging support for Itanium, the piece includes feedback from an analyst noting HP’s market growing momentum in the Unix market over Oracle Sun, something they are trying to counter by forcing customers to Sun SPAR servers.
The VAR Guy, March 29, 2011
Summary: Coverage of HP’s Americas Partners Conference highlights HP’s momentum in the channel and includes HP’s requests for partners to urge Oracle to change their decision on Itanium.
Xbit Labs, March 29, 2011
Summary: Following the conversation at HP’s Americas Partners Conference, the author notes HP remarks asking partners to contact Oracle to change its Itanium decision.
CRN, March 29, 2011
Summary: HP executives and a channel partner critique Oracle’s decision and urge partners to voice their Itanium concerns to Oracle
CRN, March 28, 2011
Summary: HP CEO Léo Apotheker notes the importance of putting customers first as he calls on channel partners to voice their opinion about Itanium to Oracle.
InformationWeek, March 28, 2011
Summary: While comparing the approaches of HP and Oracle to Itanium users, the author praises HP for putting customers first.
InformationWeek, March 25, 2011
Summary: An analysis of Oracle’s motives for their Itanium announcement suggests it coming from a desire to force customers into purchasing Sun SPARC hardware.
InfoTech, March 25, 2011
Summary: In contrast to Oracle’s decision, HP and Intel pledge continued support for Itanium customers.
Channel Insider, March 25, 2011
Summary: Discussing Oracle’s Itanium decision, an HP and Oracle partner is critical of Oracle’s decision and notes that more customers look to HP rather than Sun for their technology hardware needs.
Nina Buik’s Blog (Connect), March 24, 2011
Summary: An article from Connect notes the strong user community response in support of HP and Itanium following Oracle’s decision.
V3.co.uk, March 24, 2011
Summary: Assessing Oracle’s Itanium decision, a Forrester Research analyst noting that HP’s critique of Oracle’s Itanium decision is warranted.
Computerworld, March 24, 2011
Summary: While reviewing Oracle’s Itanium decision, an IDC analyst supports HP’s sentiment that Oracle’s move is a disservice to customers. The piece also highlights recent HP advancements to their NonStop portfolio running on Itanium.
ZDNet UK, March 24, 2011
Summary: Incorporating statements by HP and Intel, the author notes that the companies have pledged support that extends “10 years into the future” for Itanium despite Oracle’s decision.
The Register, March 24, 2011
Summary: Emphasizing that HP and Intel have long promoted the future road map for Itanium, the journalist notes that Oracle’s decision is driven by a desire to lock customers into their proprietary offerings, reminiscent of 1960s-era technology monopolies.
IT Business Edge, March 23, 2011
Summary: An analyst accuses Oracle of shameless FUD and predicts big days ahead for HP and Itanium customers despite Oracle’s claims.
All Things Digital, March 23, 2011
Summary: Noting Intel’s roadmap for the next two generations of Itanium, the article highlights Intel’s response to Oracle’s claims as well as including HP’s critique of their Itanium decision.
XBit Labs, March 23, 2011
Summary: While highlighting HP and Intel’s commitment to Itanium’s future, the author mentions that HP is gaining market share in the Unix space while Sun is losing customers.
Note: This list is not intended to be exhaustive. Articles are the viewpoint of the authors writing the piece, not HP.
Readers, if you want a good forum to get together and talk about all of this with HP, why not come to HP Discover this year -- June 6th-10th in Las Vegas. Yet another avenue to express your thoughts and concerns.