The IBM mainframe and the DEC VAX will be extinct by the year 2000, according to Oracle Corp president Larry Ellison. This may explain why, despite the fact that 40% of its current business is generated in the DEC environment, the company appeared unruffled by DEC’s recent decision to bundle Rdb on its VMS operating […]
The IBM mainframe and the DEC VAX will be extinct by the year 2000, according to Oracle Corp president Larry Ellison. This may explain why, despite the fact that 40% of its current business is generated in the DEC environment, the company appeared unruffled by DEC’s recent decision to bundle Rdb on its VMS operating system (CI No 1,148). The centimillionare president (CI No 1,154) apparently feels that the value of a product that traps a user in a proprietary architecture is zero. Indeed, outlining his view of the future to assembled European press, Ellison claimed that proprietary architectures were already being superseded by cheaper, multi-user, commodity computers. Expounding Oracle’s domino theory of the computer industry, Ellison claimed that IBM would be forced to respond to DEC’s recent entry into the Unix market, prompted, on DEC’s part, by the arrival of $10,000-per-MIPS machines from Sun. He pointed to 1992 as the year when IBM would introduce the first of a series of high-speed, parallel processor, Unix machines. In the interim period, users should develop a survival strategy of co existence, and invest in tools and software portable across a range of operating platforms and networking protocols, he argued. The problem with our business is that the right choice is constantly changing because technology changes so fast: if you have tools that run on all machines you don’t have to gamble on anything. This assertion led nicely to an Oracle pledge to end the so-called tools schism by integrating its computer-aided systems engineering and applications generator tools this summer. According to Ellison, the new Toolkit will conform to the native look-and-feel of the display device on which it runs, eradicating the need to develop different versions of a single application. Similarly, Oracle will offer a new, SQLnet-based product called Oracle*Net, designed to make the network disappear. Billed as a high-level network protocol or portable software layer, the company claims that Oracle*Net will run on top of any hardware and software environment. We are the only company trying to offer a complete family of integrated tools concluded Ellison, citing the difference between us and DEC and IBM.