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Oracle Backs HP's Itanium

Top executives from Hewlett-Packard, Oracle and Intel are set Thursday unveil a plan that ensures Oracle products are readily available for HP's Itanium product line.

Oracle will announce special per-core licensing for dual-core Itanium-based systems and pledge versions of its software for HP's Unix operating system, HP-UX, on Itanium at the same time it releases software for other major platforms, said Rich Marcello, senior vice president and general manager of high-end server business at HP, Palo Alto.

In the first such release, he said, Oracle's E-Business Suite will be available for HP Integrity Servers running HP-UX by the end of 2006.

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, HP President and CEO Mark Hurd and Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini will hold a Webcast at 8:30a.m PT to discuss the moves.

The deal with Oracle is particularly important for the high-end Itanium because a majority of HP Integrity customers run applications with database backends, Marcello said. "I would say roughly two-thirds of our servers that go out the door run some kind of large database," he said.

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