Larry Ellison Hammers On Security

Larry Ellison Hammers On Security
Larry Ellison Hammers On Security

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By Bob Evans 
Global CIO Blog
Sept 21, 2010 

Introducing Oracle's new Exalogic Elastic Cloud machine, Larry Ellison 
opened his remarks by saying that cloud computing has many definitions, 
and he cited and as examples of profoundly 
different cloud approaches. And then he unloaded on for 
"commingling" customers' data and offering "a very weak security model."

"Maybe the two most well-known examples of cloud computing represent 
opposite ends of the spectrum," Ellison said in underscoring his 
contention that cloud computing means many different things to many 
different people. "On the one hand you have, a very 
successful application on the Internet, and a lot of people call that 
cloud computing=E2=80=94you access the application on the web, it's 10 years 
old, and it's SaaS technology, and some people say that's cloud 

As a counterpoint, Ellison then described's EC2 as a 
hardware/software platform for building and running applications and 
using Linux, Java, Oracle database, MySQL, and other prominent 
technologies in a highly virtualized environment that can run a wide 
variety of applications.

"The technology is virtualized so each customer has its own separate, 
secure, and virtual environment with fault isolation, so most systems 
failures affect only one customer," Ellison said as even I began to see 
which way he was tilting.


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