— By Rob Preston, Oracle Editorial Director
Oracle's all-in move to the cloud is pitting it against new competitors, Oracle Executive Chairman and Chief Technical Officer Larry Ellison said at Oracle OpenWorld 2016. In infrastructure, "first mover" Amazon Web Services is clearly Oracle's biggest cloud rival, Ellison said, but he emphasized that Oracle's next generation of infrastructure services will deliver twice the compute power, twice the memory, four times the storage, and 10 times the input/output speeds.
"Amazon's lead is over," he said. "Amazon is going to have serious competition going forward."
Ellison's keynote mapped out Oracle's new product innovations across all three cloud layers — software, platform and infrastructure. Among the major new products is Oracle Database 12c Release 2, the latest version of Oracle's flagship database management system. As part of the company's cloud-first strategy, Oracle Database 12c R2 is being released in the Oracle Cloud. Ellison also announced Exadata Express Cloud Service, giving customers access to Oracle's enterprise database starting at just $175 a month.
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