Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Larry Ellison Explains Sun Purchase, Clouds - Digits - WSJ

Always-entertaining Larry Ellison explains how Oracle wants to be (T. J. Watson Sr. era) IBM and how “cloud” is, to him, meaningless. Continuing with the Watson Sr. theme, perhaps Ellison thinks the business world only needs approximately five computers (as Watson Sr. allegedly said in 1943) – really big Oracle Database Machine V2 boxes.

Ellison also found time to talk about one of his favorite topics: the phrase cloud computing. A rather loose moniker used to describe just about anything that has to do with the Internet, it’s one of the hottest buzz phrases in the tech industry these days. Ellison dismissed cloud computing as meaningless tech babble a year ago, saying that the tech industry was more prone to adopting the latest fashion than the fashion industry. He reiterated his opposition to the term Monday, asking whether it was true that companies like Google were based on “water vapor.” A video of the riff is available here.

Larry Ellison Explains Sun Purchase, Clouds - Digits - WSJ

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