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Ellison Opens Oracle OpenWorld With Oracle Database 18c Debut

Oracle founder and CTO Larry Ellison devoted his keynote speech to demonstrating the capabilities of the newest release of Oracle's flagship product – and took some shots at cloud competitor Amazon Web Services along the way.

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Read the fine print on a service level agreement from just about any cloud services provider and all the performance "nines" that are promised probably will turn out not to be as they first appeared, according to Ellison.

Those uptime guarantees often are so riddled with exceptions that they're functionally meaningless.

To make that point, Ellison showed the clause in Amazon's SLA that stipulates events for which Amazon is not penalized. Among the scenarios are AWS scheduled downtime, resource provisioning time and software bugs.

Oracle 18c comes with a 99.995 availability guarantee, and it means just that. The system will not be down for more than 30 minutes a year, and that includes scheduled maintenance, Ellison said.

"Amazon has all of these exceptions to their availability guarantee. We have no exceptions to our availability guarantee," he told attendees.

Oracle can make such a pledge of non-stop availability because it is highly fault tolerant, capable of node recovery and software upgrades while running.

"There aren't a lot of databases that have this technology. Certainly not the databases at Amazon."

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