Oracle has displayed a winning streak during the toughest economy America has seen in 70 years. Oracle has been in the consolidation business for a few years now. The continued execution of that effort over the past year has been remarkable.
You could argue Amazon was another success story of the season in that Amazon was also seen bucking the trend. But those high spirits have not been true for tech companies across the board. So it has not been a tech industry thing. Microsoft was seen engaging in major layoffs like companies facing tough times are wont to do.
Larry Ellison's combination of the visionary and the street fighter was never better at display than during these consolidation fights, the most visible of it was when he gulped down PeopleSoft a few years ago.
Larry Ellison is still very much hungry. His move to buy Sun was very surprising to me. But then is best friend Steve Jobs does both hardware and software, does he not? I think the challenge for Larry is to see if he can offer data centers that are the size of servers.
I watch both Google and Oracle when it comes to the cloud computing space. Larry is on record being skeptical of the very phrase "cloud computing," but it is because he has been doing cloud computing all along. Now they have a term for it.
I think Oracle is well positioned for the impending era. Larry has always wanted to take over Microsoft as the largest software company in the world. I get the impression he has been preparing for that for the last few years in a way he never got to in the 1990s. Now all he needs is a paradigm shift away from the PC.
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