Oracle's decision to drop Itanium support reverberated throughout the Oracle users community many of whom are running the software on Itanium servers.
One has to wonder whether this decision has something to do with Mr. Hurd's joining Oracle... after all Itanium was a sizable chunk of HP business, and especially for its HP-UX operating system.
Regardless of the rationale and/or true reasons, IBM was only happy to offer consolation to about to be abandoned customers, while Microsoft sided with Oracle, having announced that support for Itanium on Windows Server 2008 and Windows Server 2008 R2 will end on July 9, 2013.
SAP, having acquired Sybase (presumably for it's mobile technology) still has to figure out what to do with Sybase ASE database; so it also will continue to support Itanium, at least until dust settles.
Itanium is not going anywhere anytime soon, Intel had just reaffirmed its commitment to the processor. So , is Larry Ellison making a mistake, along with Microsoft, or they both know something that we don't?