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In that same document as presented by Oracle, Fink also writes, "Intel wants out of Itanium. It loses money, and it's a HUGE (sic) opportunity cost for them."
Fink wrote in March of 2009 to Kirk Skaugen, currently corporate vice president and general manager of Intel's Datacenter and Connected Systems Group, that Intel could not issue a statement with the phrase, "Intel added that it at no time communicated to Oracle a change in commitment to the future of the Itanium processor family."
This is a major issue, Fink wrote. "We need to be able to tell the market that you never told Oracle about EOL (end of life) plans for Itanium. This is a CRITICAL (sic) element of the HP/Intel relationship. I don't view this as optional."
Other documents Oracle posted on-line include emails referring to how much Intel expects HP to invest in developing the Itanium processor, as well as a PowerPoint presentation in which HP writes, "HP-UX is on a death march due to inevitable Itanium trajectory."
Some of the documents provided by Oracle also refer to conversations with third parties about Itanium prospects.
In a May, 2009 email to Dave Donatelli, the current executive vice president and general manager of HP's Enterprise Group, Fink wrote about recent discussions with Microsoft about its planned move to drop Windows 8 support for the Itanium-based servers as well as the need to not announce that plan because of the negative impact it might have on Windows 7 Itanium sales.
"Another goal is to extract money from Microsoft. They've complained for years that they've lost money on Windows/Integrity," Fink wrote.
Fink in April of 2011 passed to Donatelli a memo written by another HP person outlining results of HP discussions with China-based Huawei about the prospects of the two companies collaborating on HP-UX. According to the memo, Huawei executives were concerned about the viability of HP-UX because Intel told Huawei, "Intel specifically told them that the Itanium line is at end of life with 2 more generations to go. After that it would be all Xeon only."
All those documents except two were generated by HP while Hurd was the company's president and CEO.
Intel declined to comment on the emails and other documents placed online by Oracle, citing, as it has done in the past, the fact that it is not a party to the litigation between Oracle and HP.
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