It looks like Oracle is no longer supporting the IA64 platform in future. This primarily targets HP, as it is the last major supporter for IA64. Here are a few statements:
[Oracle Stops All Software Development For Intel Itanium Microprocessor|http://www.oracle.com/us/corporate/press/346696]
[HP Supports Customers Despite Oracleu2019s Anti-customer Actions|http://www.hp.com/hpinfo/newsroom/press/2011/110323c.html]
[Oracle stop development on itanium|http://forums11.itrc.hp.com/service/forums/questionanswer.do?threadId=1474396&admit=109447626130103872067028353475]
In my opinion this cannot be good for either party, because HP and Oracle were quite a succesful setup in the past. What do you think?
Edit: I wonder if there will be an official statement from SAP. As far as i know SAP/Oracle on IA64 is one of the major platforms for large enterprise installations.
Bonus question: To what database/platform would you migrate to, if you had to choose one at this very moment?