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Oracle investigated by French watchdog

by on11 January 2012

HP moans about Itanium

France's competition regulator is investigating a complaint by the maker of expensive printer ink HP against Oracle.

HP said that Oracle used discriminatory practices on its licensing and support over its Itanium products. The competition authority said it opened a probe to examine Hewlett-Packard's July complaint that Oracle's refusal to support Intel's Itanium systems would be an abuse of dominant position, and that its license pricing was "decided unilaterally."

HP told the regulators of a “generalised eviction strategy” by Oracle, reinforced, by a dodgy ad campaign against HP Integrity servers. In the United States, HP has also moaned about Oracle's plan to stop developing products that use Intel's Itanium chip, which HP uses in some servers.

The competition authority refused HP's request for immediate action to force Oracle to change its behaviour, saying there was no grave or immediate threat.

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