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Itanium Creates Credibility Problem for Oracle

Dan Olds: 'Oracle is one of the most widely used and important ISVs in enterprise computing'

Users suspect that Oracle's recent decision to stop supporting the Itanium chip is only the first step in a campaign to give its Sun-inherited hardware an artificial edge, according to a survey released by the Gabriel Consulting Group (GCG) Monday.

The researcher talked to 450 enterprise IT professionals and found that 77% of them think that Oracle is out to kill HP's HP-UX and NonStop servers and that 79% think that the move is a "first step in an Oracle plan to put all competitors at a disadvantage versus Oracle hardware products."

Accord to GCG principal analyst Dan Olds, "Oracle is one of the most widely used and important ISVs in enterprise computing. Their database and application packages are mission-critical in many organizations, so they have a lot of power. With their Itanium decision, customers see Oracle using this power as a club against a competitor. They don't view this as an isolated case, but as part of an Oracle strategy that will extend to other competitive products" from folks like IBM and Dell.

Oracle is also believed to have a financial motive. Almost two out of three of those surveyed thought that Oracle will now raise license and support costs for Itanium customers who don't move their Oracle workloads to non-Itanium systems.

Only 29% believed Oracle when it claimed that Intel told it that they will be end-of-lifing Itanium soon whereas half believed Intel when it said there'd be at least two more Itanium generations, Poulson, due next year, and Kittson, due in 2014.

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