Ellisons $10 million challenge
The Oracle CEO also made sure to again tout
his company's co-production with Sun Microsystems of a solid-state disk server,
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."