HP is seeking $4bn in damages after Oracle decided that future versions of their database software will not support HP servers. HP’s lawyer has said Oracle have “violated their contract with HP”.
The trial that is to be held in California (San Jose), is a result of a lawsuit that HP filed in June last year.
The dispute is centred around Oracle’s decision to withdraw all support for Intel’s Itanium CPU that is being phased out. HP claim the decision will hurt its customers.
It’s believed that a mutual agreement between the two technology giants for continued support of the Itanium chip was agreed upon.
Oracle decided last year to cease development of versions of its software supporting a line HP servers that use the Itanium processor, citing that Intel was phasing out the product, which Intel later denied. Intel’s chief exec Paul Otellini, is expected to testify in court to that effect.