Ellisons $10 million challenge

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2009-10-15 Print this article Print

The Oracle CEO also made sure to again tout his company's co-production with Sun Microsystems of a solid-state disk server, the Exadata, the first model of which was introduced Sept. 15.

Oracle, apparently disregarding the fact that Sun is yet to be absorbed into its own corporate culture and that the $7.4 billion acquisition is still awaiting final sanction from the European Commission, is already hard at work on Exadata Version 2, which Ellison showed on stage.

Oracle has described Exadata v2 as the first solid-state OLTP (online transaction processing) machine. Ellison reiterated his claim that it is the fastest computer for OLTP and data warehousing in the world.

"Exadata Version 1 was the world's fastest machine for data warehousing applications," Ellison said. "Exadata Version 2 is twice as fast as Exadata V1 for data warehousing."

Ellison also repeated a challenge he issued at a public appearance Sept. 21: "I'll pay anybody $10 million on the spot if they can prove to me that IBM or anybody else runs transactions faster than this machine does."

Attendees were surprised to see Schwarzenegger and Daltrey on stage, as they were not listed in the program.

"It is fantastic to be among all of these innovative entrepreneurs and innovators," Schwarzenegger told the audience. "I think my IQ shot up 10 points just walking across the stage."

"What a great way to show appreciation to your customers, by putting on all of this," Daltrey said. "Oracle's done a great job."

Schwarzenegger, endorsing the impending acquisition of Sun by Oracle, congratulated Ellison and Sun Chairman Scott McNealy on bringing together "two of California's greatest success stories." He observed, "Combined, these two companies will hold more than 11,000 patents, and they employ 60,000 people in California and 150,000 people worldwide."

Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on Salesforce.com and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and DevX.com and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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