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In a February 8, 2011 email, Roger Feigleson, then senior director of strategic global alliances for Oracle, wrote in response to questions from other Oracle executives, "Not sure what exactly is going on, but hiding the existence of the security patches for HP UX (sic) only makes things difficult for our customers. Our customers pay the same amount for support on HP as they do on Sun, so they really need to continue to get the same quality of service."
Six days later, Feigleson responded to a question from another Oracle executive about the update by saying he needed to get more information. "I'd like to see if there is any rational reason they won't update the bulletin to show HP UX (sic) is included," he wrote.
Later that day, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wrote in an email to Thomas Kurian, executive vice president of product development, as well as to Oracle co-presidents Hurd and Safra Catz, "Have we updated our support policies to clearly communicate that there will be no more one off patchs (sic) for Itanium? We need to get our new support policies published: Platinum through Bronze."
HP also released documents that indicate it and Intel were both optimistic about the Itanium processor roadmap.
One document from March 2011 referred to a presentation by HP's Business Critical Systems about its "Kinetic" strategy to analysts in which the company discussed about the future of HP-UX servers.
Kinetic, which was disclosed to the analysts before Oracle announced its decision to stop development of software for Itanium, eventually formed the basis of HP's "Project Odyssey," a mission-critical server strategy calling for the integration of x86 server blades into its Integrity Superdome 2 Itanium-based servers, the introduction of new scalable c-Class blade enclosures, and the porting of HP-UX Unix features to Windows and Linux.
HP also released a July 16, 2010 email in which then CEO and President Hurd wrote "excellent news" in response to a message from the previous day from Donatelli that Intel wanted to announce progress on K22, a projected related to development of the Kittson version of the Itanium. Donatelli also wrote, "I have rarely seen Intel so aggressive on anything to do with Itanium EVER, (sic) and they are working very hard to get this moving forward."
Oracle declined to comment on the documents which were released by HP.