Articles about Larry Ellison

Meet Solaris 11.2, where SDN means 'Software-Defined Net profit'

Analysis Larry Ellison’s Oracle bowled out Solaris 11.2 last week – and what does this member of the Unix family give us? Cloud computing, yes, but also a stab at a datacenter-in-a-(large)-box. It's not too far off the database-as-a-box idea Larry's been banging on about since 1998. Oracle’s Solaris 11.2 announcement is larded with the …
Gavin Clarke, 05 Aug 2014
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Larry Ellison: SPARC buy means we're just like Apple

Larry Ellison promised to hang onto Sun's hardware business yesterday, saying he wanted Oracle to be like Apple and Cisco. The firm filed a canned interview with Ellison with the SEC yesterday, in which he said "we're definitely not going to exit the hardware business." Ellison told Reuters via email that while most hardware …
Joe Fay, 08 May 2009

Oracle's Ellison wanted an NBA team for Xmas - instead he got Eloqua

Larry Ellison has made no secret that he wants to own a professional basketball team. Now he owns a company called Eloqua, which does the marketing for some NBA teams and about 1,200 large corporations. While that is not quite the same thing, Borg'ing small, nice software companies is certainly more Oracle's game than owning any …
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Three years since his Sun gobble, what hath Ellison wrought?

Analysis It is hard to believe that three whole years have passed since software giant Oracle instantly became a systems player by snapping up beleaguered Sun Microsystems for a cool $7.4bn – about $5.6bn net of Sun's cash hoard. No one took El Reg up on our suggestion to start up a Sun clone we called Moon Macrosystems by grabbing all …
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Oracle swallows Corente, hopes to kick rivals in software networking bits

Oracle is buying software defined networking specialist Corente, upping the stakes in telecoms and cloud. Corente makes software to manage and provision applications and services regardless of IP network, transport type, access, security or provider over a wide area. Financial terms of the deal, announced on Tuesday, were not …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Jan 2014
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Judge may order Page and Ellison into mediation

Larry Ellison and Larry Page could be forced into mediation to negotiate a settlement in Oracle's multi-billion-dollar claim that Google's Android tramples Java patents it owns. The US judge hearing Oracle's suit against Google has said he's deciding whether to order both sides into mediation, presided over by a magistrate judge …
Gavin Clarke, 06 Sep 2011
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Oracle refreshes RAM-crammed ZFS array line

After updating its old Pillar Axiom array line with the hybrid FS1 array a few months ago, Oracle has refreshed its ZFS array line with a bigger, faster generation and a quasi in-memory design. Larry Ellison's company announced the third generation ZS3 appliances back in October last year. Fourteen months later, we have the …
Chris Mellor, 05 Dec 2014

When Ellison goes, will he go gracefully?

Comment Graceful CEO exits are rare: the driven man with his hands on the corporate steering wheel finds it hard to sit in a rear seat and let someone else drive. More often they want to be the satnav. As far as they're concerned, it's their way or an abrupt turn onto the highway. How will Larry Ellison leave Oracle? Will he do a Dan …
Chris Mellor, 05 Oct 2011
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IPO-leery Avaya was hot to flog self to Oracle, but talks 'fizzled' – report

Avaya's owners tried to sell the networking and telecoms provider to Oracle rather than take it public, according to reports. Reuters says that Larry Ellison's biz behemoth held talks with Avaya's private investors in the first half of 2013, but talks "fizzled" in the last few months. Oracle and Avaya both refused to comment. …
Gavin Clarke, 07 Oct 2013
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Ellison loses bid for US basketball franchise

Larry Ellison, as you all know, is accustomed to getting his way. But even the richest billionaire in Silicon Valley can't always get what he wants. And so it is with Ellison's desire to own the Golden State Warriors, where the chief executive officer of Oracle missed the jump ball to a Joe Lacob, a partner at Silicon Valley …

Solaris fix-it firm offers free BASH patch for legacy Oracle kit

A Solaris fix-it-firm being sued by Oracle over copyrighted code says it has stepped in to defend customers not protected by Larry Ellison's firm from BASH attacks. Terix has released a BASH fix for Solaris on SPARC and x86 that it claims goes further than Oracle’s own recent BASH patch. BASH, vulnerability CCE-2014-7169, lets …
Gavin Clarke, 16 Oct 2014

Oracle shoves IBM out of world's No 2 software seller spot – Gartner

Oracle sold more software than IBM last year for the first time ever, making Larry Ellison’s database giant second only to Microsoft, at least according to analyst Gartner. Oracle made $29.6bn during 2013, growing 3.4 per cent over the previous year and elevating it from world’s third largest to second-largest software vendor. …
Gavin Clarke, 01 Apr 2014
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Ellison's NetSuite still not making money

Sales for the Larry Ellison–backed online-application software peddler NetSuite shot up over 20 per cent in its most recent quarter, but despite that increase it still managed to lose nearly $10m. Despite those numbers, however, perhaps the firm in which Ellison has his day job – Oracle – should look into snapping NetSuite up. …
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Oracle to axe over 450 jobs in Euro support centres – sources

Exclusive Oracle is rumoured to be closing all its European support centres with less than 100 staff - a move that could affect hundreds of employees. The plans would effectively mean all software support centres outside the UK, Romania and the Netherlands will be affected, sources have told El Reg. The firm has up to 40 support centres …
Kat Hall, 20 Nov 2014
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Rimini Street promises 'business as usual' after Oracle IP judgment

Software support specialist Rimini Street has promised it's "business as usual" despite suffering a setback in its ongoing intellectual property dispute with Larry Ellison's Oracle. "Oracle has established a prima facie case of copyright infringement as it relates to the identified copies of Oracle Database," said District Judge …
Gavin Clarke, 15 Aug 2014
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Egos clash in Larry's Oracle locker room

OpenWorld Two of techs biggest names - and egos - traded shots on Wednesday over clouds and books. Oracle chief Larry Ellison roasted Salesforce.com's chief executive Marc Benioff and slammed his service-as-a-service poster child, saying that the company runs "old" technology and that it polices customers' data using a "horrible" security …
Gavin Clarke, 23 Sep 2010
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Ballmer jabs at Larry Ellison's wallet

Steve Ballmer must be feeling a little sniffy over the colossal sums Oracle shelled out to its CEO Larry Ellison this year. Ballmer mounted his high horse for The Times to weigh in on the sore subject of executive compensation. "I find it interesting and probably not that considered a decision to do what [Oracle has] done," …
Austin Modine, 01 Oct 2007
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'Shared databases are crap' Oracle reveals shared database management suite

Oracle, whose CEO Larry Ellison once slagged off multi-tenant clouds, has now released software to manage those very same multi-tenant databases. Ellison's database giant slipped out Oracle Enterprise Manager 12c this week, updated to administer multi-tenant instances on an Oracle 12c database. Oracle Multitenant is an option …
Gavin Clarke, 08 Nov 2013
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Ellison roasts HP chairman for 'absurd lie'

Larry Ellison has broadened his attack on Hewlett-Packard's management by accusing chairman Ray Lane of lying. On Wednesday afternoon, Oracle's CEO issued a statement calling it an "absurd lie" to say that HP's CEO pick, Leo Apotheker, knew nothing of SAP's alleged theft of Oracle trade secrets. Apotheker was CEO of SAP for …
Gavin Clarke, 27 Oct 2010
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Ellison wants another failing Bay Area giant

Larry Ellison clearly has a soft spot in his wallet for struggling San Francisco Bay institutions. On Wednesday, Oracle's chief executive finally confirmed long-standing rumors that he's trying to buy the Golden State Warriors, the Oakland, California-based professional basketball franchise. The question is whether the team's …
Austin Modine, 28 Jan 2010
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Oracle has swallowed BigMachines, but does Salesforce look queasy?

Oracle has scooped up a hosted CRM specialist and one-time Salesforce.com investment. Larry Ellison's database giant has bought BigMachines, a 13-year-old provider of hosted sales-to-order software that allows sales staff to create quotes, promotions and proposals using automated workflows. Financial terms of the deal were not …
Gavin Clarke, 24 Oct 2013

Ellison blasts HP 'idiots' for Hurd's exit

Larry Ellison has ridden to Mark Hurd's defense and unleashed on HP's board for dropping its CEO following an investigation for sexual harassment. In a rare display of top-earner solidarity, Ellison slammed the board as "idiots" that failed to act in the best interests of HP's employees, shareholders, and partners by forcing …
Gavin Clarke, 09 Aug 2010
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Oracle takes an arrow to the EPS: It's that darned strong dollar... again

Oracle is claiming a $9.3bn haul of revenues, up 4 per cent year-on-year, in its third quarter of fiscal 2014 – but that fell short of Wall Street analyst earnings expectations. The company said that on the quarter it saw GAAP earnings per share of $.56, up 8 per cent and just short of the projected 10 per cent increase. Overall …
Shaun Nichols, 19 Mar 2014

Ballmer SLAM-DUNKS $2 BEEELLLION bid for LA Clippers

Updated Former Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer might not be in the software business anymore, but he has reportedly still found a way to one-up longtime rival Larry Ellison: by outbidding the Oracle tycoon for a major US sports franchise in the form of the LA Clippers. According to a report in the Los Angeles Times, Ballmer has won a brief …
Neil McAllister, 30 May 2014

Oracle Team USA sailors admit breaking America's Cup rules

Larry Ellison’s beloved yacht-racing team has confessed to some naughty nautical fiddling and has voluntarily scuttled its results from recent run-up races to the America's Cup. The chief of Ellison’s Oracle Team USA has revealed illegal modifications had been made to the team’s 45-foot AC45 catamarans by "a small number of team …
Gavin Clarke, 12 Aug 2013
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SPARC and Solaris will live until at least 2019

Oracle has quietly published a roadmap for its legacy Sun SPARC and Solaris platforms. Big Red's not offered a whole lot of detail, confining itself to the single slide below. The slide is available here as a PDF or as an embiggened image here. Oracle's SPARC and Solaris roadmap Oracle's SPARC and Solaris roadmap. Bigger …
Simon Sharwood, 07 Apr 2014
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Ellison brandishes 'speed of thought' Exalytics appliance

OpenWorld Larry Ellison is serious about hardware because he is serious about software. Mostly, however, he's serious about making money – which is why Ellison's OpenWorld keynote surprise in San Francisco on Sunday was a whole new machine: the Exalytics in-memory appliance. Exalytics is based on Oracle's Sun Fire X4470 M2 server, which …
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Pillar Data - Larry Ellison's other storage company

Analysis Oracle buying Sun Microsystems has caused people to wonder about the future of Pillar Data, Larry's other storage company. Pillar Data is backed by Larry Ellison's personal investment vehicle, Tako Ventures, possibly to the tune of half a billion dollars. Founded in 2001 the Silicon Valley-based firm has developed the Axiom …
Chris Mellor, 25 May 2009
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Ellison's Oracle cloud lives as hype winds down

Oracle Cloud Conference For better or worse, Oracle has taken a conservative stance on “the cloud”. Flamboyant chief executive Larry Ellison set the tone in 2008, when he railed against the rampant application of the word “cloud” to describe everything from Google’s browser-based email to CRM software as a service from Salesforce, and much in between …
Gavin Clarke, 29 Feb 2012

Breaking bad: Oracle's Unbreakable Linux website takes a break

It might be dubbed "unbreakable", but Oracle’s Unbreakable Linux website is certainly stoppable. The online support network feeding the enterprise-grade distro with fixes and updates will be taken offline by the database giant on Friday. It will be down for three hours from 3pm Pacific time (11pm UK) on 2 August, the company …
Gavin Clarke, 31 Jul 2013
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Ellison accuses HP boss of espionage

Larry Ellison is raising the temperature of his fight with HP by accusing its new CEO Leo Apotheker of running a spying scheme against Oracle when he was boss of SAP. Oracle and SAP will meet in court on Monday. Ellison said Oracle would subpoena Apotheker, ex-boss of SAP, to appear, if he had the guts to go to HP's headquarters …
John Oates, 27 Oct 2010
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HP parries Ellison's 'industrial espionage' subpoena

HP has refused to accept Oracle's subpoena for brand-new CEO Leo Apotheker, denying Larry Ellison's effort to put the Apotheker on the stand in this week's court battle between Oracle and archrival SAP. "Hewlett Packard has refused to accept service of a subpoena requiring Mr. Apotheker to testify about his role in SAP’s illegal …
Cade Metz, 04 Nov 2010
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Oracle's $5 BEEELLION acquisition zeppelin looms over Micros Systems

Database and software megafirm Oracle is mulling a multi-billion-dollar acquisition of hospitality and retail tech vendor Micros Systems. The two companies are currently in "exclusive talks" about Oracle buying the company for over $5bn, Bloomberg reported on Tuesday. Such an acquisition would help Oracle combat the slowdown in …
Jack Clark, 17 Jun 2014
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Oracle buying Ellison-backed Pillar Data

Oracle is buying CEO Larry Ellison's privately-funded Pillar Data Systems storage company. Pillar was founded in 2001 by Mike Workman, its CEO, and funded by Ellison's own investment vehicle, Tako Ventures. It has devised, built and is selling its Axiom storage arrays, ones using a 3-box design, with storage Bricks, up to 8 …
Chris Mellor, 29 Jun 2011
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Salesforce stuffs CRM dollars into Benioff's package

No wonder Marc Benioff is feeling relaxed. Salesforce is increasing his multi-million-dollar package by more than a fifth. Benioff is getting a 20 per cent bump in base salary to $1.44m – up from $1.2m - for fiscal 2015, starting on 1 February. The CEO has been allocated a top up of 1,849,441 shares of common stock too. …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Nov 2013
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DEA dragnet hunts fugitive Larry Ellison

We were shocked this morning to learn that the DEA is hunting Larry Ellison on a distribution of cocaine rap. The Ellison in question is a 6'1", 235lb black man, last seen in Philly. We were aware that plastic surgeons can work miracles, but this transformation is nothing short of astounding. So, keep your eyes peeled and be …
Lester Haines, 13 Mar 2006
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Oracle: Our figures say hardware has flatlined, but we assure you it hasn't

Database and wannabe hardware giant Oracle has beat Wall Street expectations after nine disappointing months, and said cloud services are one of its three main growth areas for next year. The company reported its second-quarter results for its fiscal 2014 year on Wednesday, and surprised analysts by stemming the rot in new …
Jack Clark, 19 Dec 2013
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Bill Gates nicks Larry Ellison's health center

The Bill Gates-Steve Jobs rivalry may have cooled, but the Microsoft Chairman is still going to toe-to-toe with Oracle CEO Larry Ellison. A year after Ellison backed out of his promise to fund a multi-million dollar public health institute at Harvard University, Gates has revived the project at the University of Washington. On …
Cade Metz, 05 Jun 2007

Oracle accused of breaking US competition law over Solaris support

Oracle has been accused of unfair competition and of breaking US anti-trust laws over its Solaris support business. The claims are made in a counter-lawsuit lodged by Solaris fix-it company Terix, which had previously been dragged into court by Oracle for allegedly stealing the database giant's copyrighted code. The Terix suit …
Gavin Clarke, 28 Apr 2014
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Ellison slams former Sun CEO for blogginess

Blogs are no substitute for smart business strategy, according to new Sun Microsystems owner Larry Ellison. Oracle's billionaire chief executive has laid into Sun's famously blog-tastic former chief executive Jonathan Schwartz, criticizing his management style and accusing him of a catalogue of poor decisions and business …
Gavin Clarke, 13 May 2010
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Ellison taps ex-HP CEO Hurd as Oracle co-prez

Ex-HP CEO Mark Hurd has been named co-president at Oracle. Maybe Charles Phillips, one of the two former co-presidents of software giant and hardware wannabe Oracle, should have spent more time on the tennis courts with founder and CEO Larry Ellison and less time in the office. The strategy seems to have worked well for Hurd. …
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Bill Gates is BACK... as CHIEF RICH human of PLANET EARTH

Microsoft supremo Bill Gates is once again the richest person on the planet, after being relegated to second place for the last four years. Forbes said that Gates had forced Carlos Slim into the runner up position by amassing $4bn more in personal wealth in 2013 courtesy of MS shares performing well on Wall Street. The 58-year- …
Team Register, 03 Mar 2014
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Ellison munches unstructured data with Endeca buy

Only weeks after announcing that it is going to create its own Hadoop distribution running atop its own Berkeley DB NoSQL database, Oracle has snapped up Endeca Technologies, which has cooked up a data store called the MDEX Engine and some analytics and e-commerce front ends to it that Ellison & Co. want to weave into their own …
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Oracle's MySQL buy a 'fiasco' says Dovecot man Mikko Linnanmäki

A co-founder of the widely-used IMAP server Dovecot has outlined his three rules for open source success, in terms Larry Ellison may not enjoy. “The first rule is don't sell your company to Oracle if you want to keep your product alive,” he told World Hosting Day in Singapore yesterday. “The second rule is also don't sell sell …
Simon Sharwood, 03 Sep 2014

Oracle and Pluribus team up, flip the switch on Cisco SDN killer

Oracle has signed a technology access and development deal with startup Pluribus Networks to nibble away at Cisco's proprietary networking business. The database giant has announced the deal to develop and test "a number" of software-defined networking (SDN) technologies for OpenStack with Pluribus. Oracle said the fruits of …
Gavin Clarke, 10 Feb 2014
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Larry Ellison becomes Chief Monk Officer

April Fool Larry Ellison on Thursday came to the startling yet enlightening realization that he is not god. As a result, Oracle's CEO has gone totally monastic. Ellison's breakthrough occurred following a recent brain-glazing procedure. The billionaire software maker felt a slight, post-op twinge and then saw god before him. The god …
Ashlee Vance, 01 Apr 2007
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Ellison: 'There'll be nothing left of IBM once I'm done'

Oracle has pulled the rug out from under Hewlett-Packard's Intel's Itanium processor by yanking support of its database, middleware, and application software on future "Poulson" and "Kittson" Itaniums. It looks as though Larry Ellison wants to take on IBM in microprocessors for data center systems, man-to-man, head-to-head. "I …
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Ellison fluffs Amazon with Oracle cloud love

OpenWorld No wonder Larry Ellison was waxing lyrical on Sunday about how Amazon's model of elastic computing jived with Oracle's view of the cloud. On Monday, Oracle followed up by announcing its middleware, applications, virtual machine, database, and new Linux kernel have been certified to run on the toaster seller's EC2 infrastructure …
Gavin Clarke, 20 Sep 2010
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Ex-Sun boss gives Ellison open source wedgie

Pg West 2010 Former Sun Microsystems chief and co-founder Scott McNealy has re-appeared to champion open source and rough up billionaire Larry Ellison, the man who bought his baby. Speaking at PostgreSQL West 2010, McNealy urged devs to drive adoption of their database against Oracle's proprietary products and MySQL by working with other …
Gavin Clarke, 04 Nov 2010
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Government won't name expert reviewers of Australia's national curriculum

Subject matter experts engaged to review Australia's national curriculum, including the new digital technologies curriculum The Reg has tracked, have been appointed. But the Department of Education won't name the reviewers until the final report on the curriculum is revealed. The Reg makes the above statement after receiving the …
Simon Sharwood, 26 Jun 2014