Watch Out Jeff Bezos, Larry Ellison Is Gunning For You


Larry Ellison used his recent keynote presentation at Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco as an opportunity to fire a shot across Amazon’s bow. He cited benchmark test results showing that Oracle’s DBaas performed 105 times faster for analytics workloads than Amazon Redshift, 35 times faster for online transaction processing than Amazon Aurora, and 1000 times faster for mixed workloads compared to Amazon DBaaS. Ellison also boasted that Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database as opposed Amazon Web Services, performing up to 24 times faster on Oracle Database.

Ellison argued that Amazon Aurora lacked the critical OLTP features that Oracle has provided for 20 years, including scalable read-write clusters, parallel SQL and the ability to replicate encrypted databases. Amazon Redshift, on the other hand, was criticized for lacking features such as table partitioning, materialized views support for rich data types and query optimization.

“Oracle’s new technologies will drive the Cloud databases and infrastructure of the future,” said Ellison. “Amazon are decades behind in every database area that matters, and their systems are more closed than mainframe computers.”

Ellison also announced the launch of Oracle Database 12c Release 2 in the Oracle Cloud along with the launch of Oracle’s Exadata Express Cloud Service, which provides the enterprise edition of Oracle Database running on the database-optimized Exadata infrastructure, which is cheaper than comparable offerings from Amazon. Thus, Ellison touted Oracle’s workload portability across on-premises and cloud deployments, with flexible solutions helping customers reduce costs by allowing them to leverage existing infrastructure.

“Amazon Web Services are simply not optimized for the Oracle Database. I’ll go further than that. Amazon Web Services aren’t optimized for their own databases either, as you will see. It doesn’t get better, it gets worse. Amazon, who pioneered infrastructure as a service, is still delivering first-generation infrastructure as a service,” Ellison said.

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