Oracle CEO Larry Ellison wasted little time setting the tone for the company’s week-long trade show, OracleWorld. During the conference’s opening remarks yesterday, he made it clear that Oracle will move to compete directly with other computer-hardware firms like IBM.
“We want to take I.B.M. on in their strongest suit, microprocessors,” he said. “We passed them in Java, we’re going to pass them in every other area too.”
Ellison sees Oracle’s goal as the development of speedier processors — hardware able to move data faster than competing solutions. To achieve this speed, you need a mighty software network, too, Ellison says.
Now you can clearly see why Oracle bought Sun Microsystems in 2009 for $5.6 billion. Back then, analysts suspected Oracle merely wanted Sun’s customer base, assuming these folks would want Oracle’s software databases, and would neglect Sun’s hardware designers. Now it looks like Oracle will combine the best of both companies — Oracle’s software, Sun’s hardware — to manage these new chips.
And Ellison looks as crafty as ever.
Read more at The New York Times.