HP's Options after Oracle's Itanium GambitBy Channel Insider Staff | Posted 2011-03-24 Email Print
HP is likely to be hit hardest by Oracle’s decision to end software development for Intel’s Itanium platform, according to Forrester. But the tech giant HP isn’t without options to fight back.
Hewlett-Packard and its HP-UX customers stand to take the biggest hit if Oracle sticks with its decision to end support for Intel’s Itanium platform, though the server maker does have options for easing the situation, according to an analyst.
In particular, HP relatively easily could port HP-UX to its x86 server platform and already has high-end systems based Intel’s Xeon chips that could handle much of the HP-UX workloads, Forrester Research analyst Richard Fichera said in a March 23 blog post.
The company also could build a version of its Itanium-based Superdome systems based on x86 chips, Fichera wrote.
However, despite these options, both HP and its customers will feel the pain of Oracle’s decision, which—regardless of Oracle comments to the contrary—was in part made to hurt HP, he said.