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Larry to HP and IBM: We're Coming for Your Server Customers

It’s not exactly a news flash that Oracle CEO Larry Ellison is one determined and competitive CEO. But it’s another thing to hear him say it. During tonight’s quarterly earnings call, as Oracle reported earnings that handily beat the expectations of analysts, Ellison several times slammed competitors Hewlett-Packard, IBM and SAP, and promised to best them all in the marketplace.

But he sounded particularly determined when articulating his vision for Oracle’s plans in the high-end server business, which is based primarily on the hardware business Oracle got as part of the Sun Microsystems acquisition.

Naturally, Ellison’s plans are nothing less than total domination in the world of high-end servers. Below is an audio clip, about three minutes in length, in which he articulates his vision.

In fairness to HP, which as usual bears the brunt of Ellison’s trash-talking, it has dismissed the benchmark about which Ellison is so proud of beating HP as outdated. Time will tell if that ultimately matters.

The clip begins with Oracle President Safra Catz congratulating Ellison on winning so many sailing races before giving him the floor.

Larry Ellison speech by ahess247


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