Larry Ellison Says It's 'Embarrassing' for Amazon to Rely on Oracle Tech


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Mar 12, 2023

Larry Ellison Says It's 'Embarrassing' for Amazon to Rely on Oracle Tech

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Oracle founder and chief technology officer Larry Ellison went on stage Tuesday to announce a new database feature. But it wasn't long before Ellison did what he seems to love doing at big events: roasting Amazon.

Last week, CNBC reported that Amazon plans to end its internal reliance on Oracle technology, which underlies some parts of its business. It's notable, because Amazon's market-leading Amazon Web Services cloud has been attacking Oracle's core database business for the last few years.

Ellison offered his thoughts on the report, saying that other Oracle competitors like SAP and have tried their own, similar moves, and none of them succeeded. In fact, he all but accused Amazon of hypocrisy for selling their own database products to customers, while relying on Oracle's own databases to run its own business.

"It's kind of embarrassing when Amazon uses Oracle but they want you to use Aurora and Redshift," Ellison said, referring to Amazon Web Services' database and data warehousing products. "They’ve had 10 years to get off Oracle, and they’re still on Oracle."

Amazon recently spent $60 million on Oracle databases, a figure which Oracle shared last week in the wake of the CNBC report.

And Ellison says that he still has at least a little love for Amazon: He quipped that he just bought a new Amazon Kindle e-book reader.

Beyond poking at Oracle's biggest competitors, Ellison announced Tuesday that the company's nearly one-year-old Autonomous Database can now do so-called Autonomous Transaction Processing, or ATP. Oracle's Autonomous Database uses machine learning to do routine database management, historically performed by humans.

With the new ATP features, the Autonomous Database can now "support a complex mix of high-performance transactions, reporting, batch, IoT, and machine learning in a single database, allowing for simpler application development and deployment, and enabling real-time analytics, personalization, and fraud detection on live transactional data," in Oracle's own words.

Amazon did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

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Oracle founder Larry Ellison said "it's kind of embarrassing" for Amazon that it uses Oracle's databases to power its own business — especially considering Amazon offers its own databases that compete with Oracle's. Ellison was responding to a report from last week that Amazon intends to get off of Oracle's products completely by 2020. While Amazon is a customer of Oracle's, they are also bitter competitors, thanks to the success of Amazon Web Services.