The company also announced that Exadata, its combined compute and storage system for running Oracle database software, now used in on-premise deployments, will be offered as a cloud service that will offer identical software and hardware for on-site and Oracle cloud implementations.
A key theme in Ellison's speech was that users should be able to "push a button" and shift workloads and data between on-premises and the cloud, even on running applications. On-premises computing is not going to vanish, he said.
Ellison also called for a change in the current thinking on security, so that security is designed into the IT infrastructure rather than given as an option as an on/off switch. "There should be no 'on and off' button on security but should be always on," Ellison said.
Security has to be implemented lower down in the stack, including wiring it into the hardware, such as the silicon chips, to provide always-on real-time intrusion detection, Ellison added. "It is very hard to hack silicon," he said. He is scheduled to discuss Oracle strategy on security in detail on Tuesday.
Security has become a bigger risk as vast amounts of data are moved to the cloud, but people buy security features but don't turn them on, Ellison said. He referred to recent high-profile breaches including the recent hack of the U.S. Office of Personnel Management.
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