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10/1/2009
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Stowe Boyd
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Larry Ellison Hates Cloud Computing

So Larry Ellison took the opportunity at a recent presentation to go off on a rant about cloud computing. He basically thinks it baloney.His points (such as they are, when you pull away the Valley girl inflection he ascribes to a cloud computing advocate) are these:

  1. Salesforce and Netsuite have been around almost ten years, and Oracle's world hasn't come to an end. (So I guess we are supposed to conclude that cloud computing doesn't represent a future?)
  2. He's tired of people saying that they have been 'doing' cloud computing for years. (Huh?)
Of course Ellison wants to defang cloud computing as much as possible: it is a threat. The spectre of Amazon, Google, and applications running in the cloud on top of someone else's technology platform has got to be the largest long-term strategic threat to his business. To the degree that the enterprise wants to get away from managing their own hardware and close source software -- and who wouldn't if they can get security and scaling issues resolved? -- that is the hard stop in Oracle's future.

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