Oracle upped the stakes in its long-running battle with HP over Itanium support, sending its customers a series of firecracker emails which it says justify its decision to abandon the platform.
Oracle's chief customer officer Jeb Dasteel told its customers running Itanium they could make their own decision about future investment based on the inflammatory emails it had obtained as part of its lawsuit involving HP.
The emails include correspondence outlining HP's $440m commitment to Intel for its continued support for Itanium, as well as emails dating back to 2007, which suggest that the platform's future was in serious doubt.
The emails include one sent in March 2011 by Martin Fink, general manager of HP's Business Critical Systems group, to Kirk Skaugen at Intel.
“We need to be able to tell the market that you never told Oracle about [end of life] plans for Itanium,” he wrote to Skaugen.
“This is a CRITICAL element of the HP/Intel relationship. I don't view this as optional.”
A separate email from Skaugen to Dave Donatelli, general manager of HP's Enterprise Group, confirms that Intel first told HP of its intention to abandon Itanium in September 2007.
“The regions are unaware of the situation with Itanium and the impending end of life. They are also unaware of the CEO agreement for Intel to 'not lose money',” he wrote.
The decision to publish the emails comes just days after a US judge dismissed Oracle's request to have HP's lawsuit thrown out.
HP had taken Oracle to court for dropping support for Itanium because it claims the decision breached an agreement between the two firms. Oracle has denied this agreement exists and said it had taken the decision purely on the basis that Itanium no longer had a viable future.
“After reading these documents we are confident that you will agree with our decision, taken with the best interest of our joint customers in mind,” Dasteel told Oracle's customers.
"Statements that Itanium was at or near an end of life are false," a HP representative told V3.
"The undeniable fact is there is committed support for Itanium that extends out toward the end of this decade."
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