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Just like Larry Ellison promised, Oracle today officially opened its brand new Oracle Cloud. It’s been in development for six years under the code name Oracle Fusion.On stage, Larry Ellison was his usual sharp self, sparing no one, not even Oracle. He reminded everyone that SAP once called Fusion “Oracle confusion.”
Naturally, he used that as an excuse to slam SAP right back. Not that he needs an excuse—Oracle and SAP have been slinging dirt at each other for decades.
Today’s slam: Ellison insists that SAP won’t have any of its mainstay apps in the cloud until 2020. “2020. A terrible year to get into the cloud,” he quipped.
That’s not exactly true. In addition to the cloud company it bought, SuccessFactors, SAP has a cloud service called ByDesign but it’s been so unpopular that SAP almost killed it, Co-CEO Bill McDermott told Dow Jones. It was launched in 2007 and relaunched in 2010 but still reportedly only has about 1,000 users.
Ellison then moved on to trash Workday. Oracle chose HTML5 for Web applications instead of Flash because HTML5 is an industry standard and Flash is forbidden on the iPhone and iPad.
“Some people built their system with a Flash UI,” Ellison remarked. “I won’t mention Workday by name.”
Amazon wasn’t above a dig either. Oracle’s cloud competes directly with Amazon Web Services. Of Amazon, Ellison says, “We think we are better.”
Naturally he does.
So he’s backing that up with a big promise. If something goes wrong with Oracle’s cloud, Ellison says Oracle will respond in MINUTES.
That’s another dig at Amazon, which has a reputation for slow customer service.
Oracle is joining a crowded market. There are already lots of infrastructure-as-a-service alternatives to Amazon including RackSpace, IBM and even HP’s cloud in beta.
Still, we predict the Oracle Cloud will likely do well with Oracle customers, of which there are many.
On the other hand, Oracle’s cloud won’t stop new technologies like noSQL from growing like weeds and taking a big share of the cloud.