PRESS RELEASE

Oracle Issues Statement
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., September 4, 2012

Oracle issued the following statement today:

Previously, Oracle announced that it would stop developing new versions of its software on Itanium microprocessors. For example, that meant version 12c of the Oracle database due out in early 2013 would not be available on Itanium. However, a judge recently ruled that Oracle has a contract to continue porting its software to Itanium computers for as long as HP sells Itanium computers. Therefore, Oracle will continue building the latest versions of its database and other software covered by the judge's ruling to HP Itanium computers. Oracle software on HP's Itanium computers will be released on approximately the same schedule as Oracle software on IBM's Power systems.

PRESS RELEASE

Oracle Issues Statement
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., August 1, 2012

Oracle issued the following statement today:

"Last March, Oracle made an engineering decision to stop future software development on the Itanium chip.  We made the decision as we became convinced that Itanium was approaching its end of life and we explained our rationale to customers here: www.oracle.com/itanium.  Nothing in the Court's preliminary opinion changes that fact.  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.  HP's argument turns the concept of Silicon Valley 'partnerships' upside down.   We plan to appeal the Court's ruling while fully litigating our cross claims that HP misled both its partners and customers." – Deborah Hellinger

May 16, 2012

Dear Customer:

A little over a year ago we announced that we would no longer be developing new versions of Oracle's database and other products on the Intel Itanium platform due to our strongly held belief of Itanium's imminent end of life. We ensured our Itanium customers would have an easy transition to the platform of their choice by committing to 10 years of support for existing Oracle software running on Itanium.

Hewlett Packard strongly disagreed with our characterization of Itanium's future and launched an immediate campaign designed, in their words, to foment "customer outrage."

At this time, there are many documents that have been disclosed through litigation that describe the true state of Itanium in Hewlett-Packard's own words. Rather than us interpreting this situation for you, we thought we would give you access to the public HP documents so you can make your own decision regarding your investments in Itanium technology.

After reading these documents we are confident that you will agree with our decision, taken with the best interest of our joint customers in mind.

Sincerely,
Jeb Dasteel, Senior Vice President and Chief Customer Officer
Oracle

HP Internal Documents

March 22, 2011 Announcement

 
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