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Oracle's Ellison On AWS, The Fundamental Problem With Cloud Security, And Deploying The ‘Star Wars Cyber Defense’

Larry Ellison isn't one to shy away from controversy—or avoid hyperbole. Here are some of his most eyebrow-raising statements from his OpenWorld keynote.

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Alarmist, Provocateur, Or Salesman?

Larry Ellison, Oracle's founder and executive chairman, is a master of sending shockwaves through the tech industry with a few lashes of the tongue.

In his keynote at Oracle OpenWorld on Monday, the celebrated, inimitable, and often-scorned provocateur made the case that the cloud—every cloud—is built with a flawed architecture that's fundamentally insecure.

The only provider Oracle's CTO called out by name—not a surprise to anyone who's heard him speak in the last few years—was Amazon Web Services. (AWS hasn't yet responded to a CRN request for comment. But it's only a matter of time till the public cloud kingpin fires back.)

In contrast, Oracle's Gen2 Cloud, dubbed OCI (Oracle Cloud Infrastructure), implements a bare-metal design architecture that foregoes placing any Oracle code on any physical machine hosting a customer workload. According to Ellison, that approach makes Oracle's infrastructure the industry's most-secure offering.

Here are some of the highlights of Ellison's keynote.

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