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Mar 23 2011   12:55PM GMT

Oracle stopping software development for Intel Itanium chip

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Oracle announced this morning that it is stopping all software development for the Intel Itanium processor. It’s no surprise.

“Intel management made it clear that their strategic focus is on their x86 microprocessor and that Itanium was nearing the end of its life,” the Oracle press release reads.

Intel thus far is denying Oracle’s claims, according to PC World.

If you run Oracle on Itanium or did at one time and migrated off, let me know at mfontecchio@techtarget.com. I’d like to hear your story.

The news that Itanium – called “Itanic” first by The Register and then later by just about everyone other than Intel – might be dying comes as no surprise. Intel’s x86 processors have been constantly improving while releases of Itanium have been delayed time after time. Itanium was primarily used in large HP Unix servers running HP-UX.

That said, the most recent Gartner server numbers showed that IBM was the leader in RISC and Itanium Unix server sales with its Power-based servers, followed by Itanium-based HP and then, in third, Oracle’s Sparc-based servers.

“Oracle will continue to provide customers with support for existing versions of Oracle software products that already run on Itanium,” the release states.

But the intention is clear. If you’re running Oracle on Itanium, it’s time to develop a timeline for migrating off if you haven’t already done so.

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