UPDATE: Oracle's Ellison guarantees database warehousing at half the cost of Amazon's
By Wallace Witkowski, MarketWatch
Fully automated database administration lowers cost, he says
Oracle Corp. Chairman Larry Ellison guaranteed to offer database warehousing at less than half the price charged by Amazon.com Inc. late Sunday, with the rollout of the company's autonomous database system this December.
Kicking off Oracle's (ORCL) OpenWorld conference in San Francisco on Sunday, Ellison introduced the Oracle 18c, the first fully-automated database system, which he claimed had 99.995% reliability, which translates into a downtime of less than 30 minutes in a year.
"This is the most important thing we have done in a long, long time," Ellison said.
"If you eliminate human labor, you eliminate human error," he said. "By the way, it's always embarrassing for me to admit this, but my autopilot flies my plane a lot better than I do." In the 18c, all database administration is automated.
Ellison claimed that the 18c's reliability is better than Amazon's (AMZN) Redshift warehousing service, which claims more than 99% reliability, because Amazon's figures exclude downtime for adding computing or storage capacity, planned maintenance, upgrades and patching, regional outages and software bugs. For the 18c, those instances of downtime are eliminated because of its automated design, he said.
But the biggest challenge Ellison posed to Amazon was one of cost, citing his system's automated nature.