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Nominally about Oracle’s move to the cloud, but quite a bit of early history for PCs and databases.


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    An interesting read (and some of the early Oracle history wasn’t something I was aware of). Something I’d never thought of before - what would’ve happened if IBM had patented the concepts behind relational databases? A scary thought…

    Regarding Oracle and the cloud, count me very skeptical about their prospects for success against AWS/Azure (even GCP struggles against those two). Remember Larry’s proclamation in 2008 that the cloud is “complete gibberish”? And in typical Oracle fashion, a lot of their IaaS offering is powered by technology acquired from Nimbula, a startup founded by Chris Pinkham (who was one of the key people at Amazon during the early years of AWS and led the development of EC2).

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      What makes you think GCP struggles against Azure?