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Ellison Claims He’s Over His Cloud Phobia

“For the first time you’re going to have a complete ERP and complete CRM suite on the cloud,” he said

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, a purportedly reformed cloud loather beguiled, he claimed, by the charisma of the cloud brand, may reportedly do his very first tweet come June 6 when Oracle floats all its enterprise applications out on the Oracle Cloud.

The event will put it 10 years ahead of SAP, he claimed Wednesday at the star-studded D: All Things Digital conference in California.

"For the first time you're going to have a complete ERP and complete CRM suite on the cloud," he said.

The difference between Oracle and other SaaS players will apparently be that Oracle's cloud-ified apps won't be multi-tenant. Instead Oracle means to give its clients their own virtual machine and Amazon-like specification control, preserving them from being upgraded at the convenience of the merchant.

"In a multi-tenant model you get the new version when they tell you, when you are in your own virtual machine you upgrade when you decide. The nice thing is you don't always have to upgrade," Ellison said.

He claimed Oracle has a "much more modern version of the cloud."

The widgetry rolled out next week will reportedly include the general availability of a now preview-only PaaS as well as Oracle's Fusion apps and software it acquired when it bought software Taleo and RightNow Technologies all running on Oracle servers, not commodity x86 gear.

Oracle currently generates about a billion dollars a year from web-based software.

Armed with Sun and despite Sun's declining market share, Ellison wants to displace IBM, Oracle's biggest rival, in high-end servers and middleware. Sun sales are down 20%, he said, but "profits are up."

Apparently he intends to add hardware manufacturing jobs in the US.

There's going to be a webcast of the new Oracle Cloud and Platinum Services announcements next Wednesday featuring Ellison and Oracle co-president Mark Hurd.

See http://www.oracle.com/webapps/events/ns/EventsDetail.jsp?p_eventId=152190&src=7617645&src=7617645&Act=57.

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