|Excerpt from Marketwatch, after day 2 of Oracle's OpenWorld user conference in San Francisco:|
8:15 PM EDT
Oracle's Larry Ellison has a new target: Amazon
In a second keynote and demo on Tuesday afternoon, Ellison went even further, disparaging some of Amazon's software applications offered by AWS, the closed nature of their applications and their shortfalls compared to Oracle.
"AWS is more closed than an IBM mainframe," Ellison said. "People are saying that is ridiculous. How can that be," he said, adding that when IBM's mainframes were the dominant computing power, companies like Amdahl and Fujitsu developed IBM mainframe clones that you could run your workload on. Ellison also backed his hyperbole with some prices and other data. He said Oracle's recently released Exadata Express costs customers $175 a month, compared with Amazon's database offering, Aurora, at $245 a month, versus Oracle's own database running on AWS at $327 a month.