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Oracle ordered to pay $3bn to HPE

Court awards HPE $3bn for lost business after Oracle ditched Itanium platform

Oracle ordered to pay $3bn to HPE
A US Court found that Oracle's decision to stop support for Itanium damaged HPE's business.

Oracle has been instructed to pay $3bn in damages to Hewlett Packard Enterprise (HPE) as settlement in their long-running Itanium dispute.

A US court has awarded damages to HPE after Oracle went back on a deal to continue making its software compatible with the Itanium server processor.

HPE had claimed that Oracle had contractually agreed to continue to produce software for Intel's Itanium platform, in which HPE was a major player, but in 2011 Oracle shifted its software to its own Sun SPARC processor-based hardware platforms.

The court case was settled in 2012, but damages have only just been set. Oracle has said it would appeal the damages.

HPE argued that although Oracle did return to the Itanium platform after the 2012 judgement, HPE's business had already suffered. Oracle said that the decision was based on the likely end-of-life of Itanium - which Intel stopped producing by end of 2012.

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