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Oracle's Ellison promises 'ungodly' database speed with new in-memory option

Chris Kanaracus | Sept. 23, 2013
Oracle CEO Larry Ellison has thrown his gauntlet down in the burgeoning market for in-memory computing, announcing a new option for Oracle's flagship database at the OpenWorld conference in San Francisco.

But what Ellison didn't mention is that Oracle's engineered systems must be loaded with many expensive Oracle software licenses, particularly its database, which carry lucrative ongoing annual maintenance fees for the vendor and bring the total system cost much higher than that for the hardware.

Ellison ended his talk by announcing another new product called the Oracle Database Backup, Logging, Recovery appliance. "You're probably asking me who is the genius who named that product," Ellison said of the dry, albeit self-explanatory moniker. "I did. That's why they pay me the big bucks."

Oracle is also offering the product as a cloud service through its public cloud, Ellison said. More than 60,000 people are expected to attend OpenWorld, which runs through Thursday.

 

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