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."
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