HP has filed a lawsuit against Oracle, accusing the company of a breach of contract in abandoning a partnership to offer Oracle software on HP's Itanium server hardware.
The filing at a California state court is the latest volley in an ongoing feud between the two firms. Oracle announced earlier this year that it will end support for the Itanium platform, which it claimed to be on its last legs.
HP soon fired back, claiming that Oracle was attempting to scare customers into migrating to its Sun server hardware.
"In a mere eight months, Oracle has gone from arm-in-arm 'partnership' with HP to bitter antagonist," HP said in the suit.
"Starting with Oracle's hiring of HP's former chief executive Mark Hurd in September 2010, followed by its March 2011 announcement that Oracle would no longer enable its latest software to run on HP's flagship Integrity line of servers, and culminating with its use of strong-arm tactics to coerce customers into replacing their HP servers with Sun servers they do not want, Oracle has acted contrary to the best interests of its customers and in clear violation of its commitments to HP."
Oracle was quick to respond, issuing a public statement claiming that HP was aware of plans to end Itanium before Oracle, but tried to convince Oracle to sign a long-term deal to support the platform.
"We believe that HP specifically asked Oracle to guarantee long-term support for Itanium in the September 2010 agreement because HP already knew all about Intel's plans to discontinue Itanium, and HP was concerned about what would happen when Oracle found out about that plan," the company said.
"What we know for certain is that Ray Lane and HP's current board members and Léo Apotheker and HP's current management team now know full well that Intel has plans in place to end-of-life the Itanium microprocessor."
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