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Oracle has said that it has had lots of chats with Chipzilla's senior management since last year. It claims that it did not have the impression that Intel was that interested in Itanium either,
In a statement yesterday Oracle said that Chipzilla had made it clear that its strategic focus is on their X86 microprocessor and that Itanium was in the winter years of its life waiting for God.
This was news to poor Nick Jacobs, a spokesman for Intel in Singapore, who insisted to PC World that Chipzilla "remains committed to Itanium". We guess it must be committed in the same way that a person is when they stick their mum in a home because she forgets their grandchildren's names and smells a bit of Nintendo.
With Oracle no longer interested, Itanium now really is dead in the water. Outfits who want to use it will have to write software code specifically for the chip. It is unlikely that they would do this when Intel has managed to shove the Itanium's same high reliability features under the bonnet of its Xeon 7500 chips.
El Volista has made it pretty clear that it could not be bothered with Itanium once those features were installed in Xeon.
The only people that still think that Itanium is worth a shot is Oracle's rival HP. The maker of expensive printer ink was involved in the development of Itanium, but it is unlikely to be loyalty that is keeping the outfit's interest. HP sees this as an opportunity to steal customers from Oracle.
It has announced that it will continue to provide support for existing customers of Oracle software that run on Itanium, perhaps hoping that legacy Itanium users will need help.
While there is a lot of bad blood between the pair, HP is unlikely to make much cash off the back of Itanium unless it hopes to be involved in any X86 "transition" projects.
Itanium was once touted to be a replacement for X86, but has been nothing but a disappointment. It finally found its niche, or perhaps you could describe it as its shallow grave, in the performance computing market.