The past 2 weeks have been challenging for HP customers. Once the initial shock and concern about Oracle’s announcement to discontinue future software development on the Intel Itanium microprocessor settled in, customers united in their response to have their voices heard. This united response created an amplified voice in the market. Let me give you a HUGE thank you! You do make a difference. You chose not to accept this decision quietly. You took action! If you haven’t yet seen Chris Koppe, Connect President, please take a look at his message to you.
Analysts have been vocal and supportive of the impact this decision has on customers as well. Check out a few of the reactions including Rob Enderlee’s/ITBusinessEdge Oracle Tries to Beat Itanium to Death with a FUD Stick post and Jonathan Eunice’s/cnet The end of comity in IT post.
HP strongly values the relationship we have with our customers and partners and remains committed to supporting you and your IT environment. HP is committed to continuing the development and innovation of Itanium-based Integrity servers for more than 10 years. And, we will continue to support our HP-UX and OpenVMS customers running existing versions of Oracle software on Itanium-based Integrity servers, both existing and future platforms, consistent with Intel’s processor roadmap. In addition, Intel CEO Paul Otellini also pledged Intel’s commitment to Itanium customers, stating that they “remain firmly committed to delivering a competitive, multi-generational roadmap for HP-UX and other operating system customers that run the Itanium architecture.”
Let’s keep the pressure on Oracle! One customer voice can make a difference. Speak up and be heard. It only takes a few customers to grow into a wave of many, many customers reactions in the market. Every customer and partner voice needs to be heard. Take action and share your thoughts with Oracle go to the online petition. Let’s hope that Oracle listens.
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VP Marketing, Business Critical Systems