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HP, in a statement, responded, "Intel has provided unequivocal and repeated statements to the marketplace that Itanium is not at an end of life. The undeniable fact is there is committed support for Itanium that extends out toward the end of this decade. Statements that Itanium was at or near an end of life are false. With the unsealing of court filings, the public can see the undisputed facts of Intel’s Itanium roadmap clearly showing a long and sustained future for Itanium."
HP also sent to CRN several internal HP and Oracle documents and emails that were previously unpublished or which were redacted, or edited with parts cut out.
Many of those documents, which are available online on the Scribd site, seem to demonstrate a history of Oracle deliberately attacking HP on the Itanium issue for competitive reason, and indicate that Oracle decided to stop supporting software development for HP-UX as a way to compete with HP via its ex-Sun hardware.
Keith Block, executive vice president of Oracle North America, wrote in a February 28, 2010, instant message conversation, "we are going to fuck hp. ...i am a man on a mission on this (sic)"
Block, in another instant message conversation with a different Oracle executive on July 28, 2011, talked about the difficulty of selling Sun hardware.
"we bought a dog," Block wrote, referring to Sun hardware. "mark (hurd) wants us to sell the dog. ... nobody talks about sun. ... even the sun customers. ... it's dead dead dead. (sic)"
Block later in the conversation continued, "nobody wants to sell sun. ... it baaaallllloooooooows (blows). ... pigwith lipstick. ... at best. (sic)"
Tim Kelly, vice president of sales strategy and business development at Oracle, wrote in a March 27, 2011 email that he laughed at a sentence in new Oracle marketing material which asked customers if they need help migrating from HP.
"I laugh at the first sentence 'Do you need to evolve your existing HP infrastructure to meet more demanding service levels, contain costs or avoid IT obsolescence?' - because we are the ones dictating IT/Itanium obsolescence in this case," Kelly wrote.
Two Oracle emails provided by HP written in February of 2011 seem to indicate that Oracle, which that month had issued security patches for customers running Oracle software on all operating systems, deliberately decided not to tell HP-UX customers about the patches.
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