Oracle has fired the latest volley in an ongoing war of words with HP over its decision to end development for the Itanium platform.
The company released a statement in response to comments made by Dave Donatelli's HP's vice president of enterprise servers, storage and networking.
The HP executive accused Oracle of "anti-customer behaviour" when it announced its intention to drop Itanium.
"Oracle has an obligation to give our customers adequate advanced notice when Oracle discontinues development on any software product or hardware platform so our customers have the information they need to plan and manage their businesses," the company said in a statement.
"HP is well aware that Intel's future direction is focused on X86 and that plans to replace Itanium with X86 are already in place. HP is knowingly withholding this information from our joint Itanium customers."
In the aftermath of Oracle's Itanium announcement, HP has suggested that the company is attempting to press businesses into adopting its Sun server platform.
Pund-IT principal analyst Charles King told V3.co.uk that, if such an effort is planned, customers may just push back.
"Frankly that Itanium roadmap is much more coherent and workable than anything that Oracle has said about Sun," said King.
Among competitors in the server market, King believes that IBM stands to gain the most from the move.
IBM has been touting the virtues of its Power server platform in the days since Oracle's announcement, but has declined to comment directly on the exchange between Oracle and HP.
IBM is taking the right stance, according to King. "IBM has got to look like a big, stable company. The more they look like the grown-up in this whole mess the better off they will be," he said.
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