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HP and Oracle chip spat goes legal

Simon Quicke

Relationships between Hewlett-Packard and Oracle continue to deteriorate with the two vendors heading for the courts over an Itanium chip dispute.

The two vendors have been trading verbal blows ever since Mark Hurd, the former CEO at HP, moved over to Oracle and found his new boss Larry Ellison was happy to have a pop at its rival.

But things have now gone beyond just verbal digs made in result conference calls as HP has made moves to sue its rival for allegedly taking the decision to make future database software versions not compatible with its servers based on Itanium chips.

Oracle is arguing that the chip in question is being phased out and that a lawsuit, based on HP's belief the move will hurt users, is malicious.



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