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HP, Oracle braced for court clash over Itanium servers

Lawyers for HP and Oracle have presented their opening statements in a bitter lawsuit over Oracle's decision to end support for HP's Itanium-based servers, Reuters has reported. The lawsuit was filed by HP, which is seeking up to $4bn in damages, after Oracle decided to stop developing software for use with Itanium last year, saying Intel made it clear that the chip was nearing the end of its life and that Intel was shifting its focus to its x86 microprocessor.