Conclusion: Oracle’s decision to end all further development on Itanium, will force HP Integrity customers to make a strategic decision between Oracle and Itanium. Providing the latest version of Oracle software is used customers have until 2016 to implement this decision. Since Red Hat and Microsoft have also abandoned Itanium, IT Organisations must evaluate the long-term viability of this architecture based on its ability to run the applications that matter to the business.

Since high-end UNIX systems typically have a 7-8 year lifespan, Organisations must have a strategy before purchasing new systems or undertaking a major upgrade. This strategy will be driven by the degree of dependence on, and satisfaction with, Oracle’s business applications.

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