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  • October 20, 2016

The Long Game

By Bob Evans, Oracle Chief Communications Officer 

Larry Ellison—always the master of the long game—is at it again. During Oracle OpenWorld, Executive Chairman and CTO Ellison freely acknowledged the first-mover success and achievements of Amazon Web Service (AWS) in infrastructure as a service (IaaS) here in the still-early days of the enterprise cloud. But he also shared his thinking on how Oracle can surpass Amazon in the cloud in areas such as: 

Security: Ellison detailed how Oracle decisions on the chip and architecture level put security at the core of its next-gen data centers: "The big difference in our infrastructure as a service is our network and how we do virtualization." 

Openness: In contrast to Oracle's commitment to industry standards, AWS has two cloud databases and both are "more closed than an IBM mainframe," Ellison said. 

Cost and performance: Oracle's huge R&D investments are generating world-class data center technologies and expertise: "In some cases, our costs are multiple times lower than Amazon's...and we deliver better performance." 

For analysis of these competitive factors, and of seven other factors, see Larry Ellison's 10-Point Plan: How Oracle Will Beat Amazon in the Cloud.

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