”If you buy from HP -- from an Itanium perspective -- you have my commitment for support,”
It does make a bit of sense. A lot of retailers for the Itanium have dropped support for it and have limited product available or have ceased offering Itanium altogether. HP, on the other hand, makes up nearly two-thirds of Intel's Itanium sales worldwide. Even if the Itanium is reduced completely to niche status, being one of the very few vendors that carry it puts HP in a good position.