Oracle’s Larry Ellison takes on Amazon Web Services at OOW2016

Image: OOW2016 website
Image: OOW2016 website

Amazon databases are 20 years behind the latest release of the Oracle Database in the Cloud, Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer, Larry Ellison stated Tuesday, reinforcing a war on Amazon in cloud.

Every year, Ellison takes the opportunity to pick an opponent and shares some comparisons. Speaking at the Oracle OpenWorld 2016 in San Francisco’s Moscone Center, Ellison  demonstrated that  his company’s Database-as-a-Service (DBaaS) is up to 105X faster for Analytics workloads, 35X faster for online transaction processing (OLTP), and 1000+X faster for mixed workloads than Amazon DBaaS.

Ellison also showed that the Oracle Cloud is optimized for running Oracle Database while Amazon Web Services (AWS) is not. An Oracle Database running on the Oracle Cloud is up to 24X faster than an Oracle Database running on AWS.

“Amazon was the innovator, the first mover, and I have a lot of respect for them, but now we’re aggressively moving into infrastructure,” Ellison had said in Sunday’s in his keynote speech.

“Our new data centers offer twice as many cores as Amazon, twice as much memory as Amazon, four times as much storage as Amazon, and more than ten times the I/O capacity of Amazon. But you have to be willing to pay less.”

Ellison does not hesitate to say that Amazon’s lead is over and the company is going to have “serious competition going forward.”

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

Tuesday, Oracle announced the availability of its Database 12c Release 2 in the Oracle Cloud with the launch of the new Exadata Express Cloud Service.

This service provides the full enterprise edition of the Oracle Database running on the database-optimized Exadata infrastructure. Starting at just $175 per month, Ellison showed this Cloud service is lower cost than similar offerings from Amazon.

The Redwood City, California, headquartered company reported $8.6 billion revenue in the three months ended in August, an increase of 2 percent year over year.  Cloud software as a service (SaaS) and platform as a service (PaaS) revenues were $798 million, up 77 percent.

In July, it agreed to buy NetSuite for approximately $9.3 billion as it competes with majors such as Salesforce and Microsoft in the cloud market.

On the other hand, Amazon Web Services clocked $2.9 billion revenue in the three months ended June, an increase from $2.5 billion in the previous quarter.

According to a Synergy Research Group report published in August, AWS tops in the cloud infrastructure services market with 30 percent plus share. Microsoft is in the second place with about 11 percent share. IBM and Google are in the third and fourth positions.

The research firm had mentioned that Alibaba and Oracle growing particularly strong. However, they are a long way behind Google, which is only a sixth the size of Amazon despite strong growth.

Arya MM

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