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Oracle loses 2nd major recent legal battle

TechOps Guy: Nate

Not long ago, Oracle lost the battle against Google's Android, and now it seems they have lost the battle with HP on Itanium.

A California court has ruled that Oracle is contractually obligated to produce software for Hewlett-Packard's Itanium-based servers and must continue to do so for as long as HP sells them.

That's quite a ruling - for as long as HP sells them. That could be a while! Though I think a lot of damage is already done with Itanium, all of the uncertainty I'm sure prompted a bunch of customers to upgrade to other platforms since they thought Oracle was gone. I suspect it won't stop either, I think customers will think they will get poor levels of support with Itanium because Oracle is forced to do it kicking and screaming.

Couldn't of happened to a nicer company (even though I am a long time fan of Oracle DB itself..)

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