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Oracle Loses First Round of HP Itanium Court Battle

The question of whether or not Oracle must continue to support HP's Itanium server has been decided in a preliminary court ruling. The court has ruled in HP's favor, though Oracle disagrees with the ruling.

The ruling hinges on a 2010 agreement made with former HP CEO Mark Hurd. Hurd is now President at Oracle.

"We know that Oracle did not give up its fundamental right to make platform engineering decisions in the 27 words HP cites from the settlement of an unrelated employment agreement," Oracle's Hellinger stated. "HP's argument turns the concept of Silicon Valley 'partnerships' upside down."

Not surprisingly, HP has a very different view of the ruling and sees it as a 'tremendous win'.

"The Superior Court of the State of California, Santa Clara County, has confirmed the existence of a contract between HP and Oracle that requires Oracle to port its software products to HP’s Itanium-based servers," HP stated. "We expect Oracle to comply with its contractual obligation as ordered by the Court."

Read the full story at ServerWatch:
HP Wins Oracle App Support for Itanium Servers

Sean Michael Kerner is a senior editor at InternetNews.com, the news service of the IT Business Edge Network, the network for technology professionals Follow him on Twitter @TechJournalist.