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In this Cloud Wars Minute, Bob elaborates on Oracle chairman Larry Ellison’s comments about the performance of its MySQL Heatwave database.
00:15 — Oracle founder and chairman Larry Ellison issued a challenge to AWS by stating that Oracle’s open-source MySQL Heatwave database is 1000x faster than AWS’ Aurora database. These comments were made on Oracle’s fiscal Q4 earnings call in response to an analyst who wondered why Oracle was doing so well in comparison to other Cloud Wars Top 10 companies.
01:28 — Ellison explained that customers are moving from Amazon Aurora to Oracle because of its significant speed differential.
01:40 — In response to the question about Oracle’s impressive performance, Ellison noted that Oracle is “able to run twice as fast and cost half as much.” Ellison is betting that Oracle’s Gen2 infrastructure and MySQL Heatwave database are now delivering wildly better levels of performance.
03:40 — Bob notes that for AWS to refute this claim would be a huge win for the company and a big kick at Oracle’s credibility. “If those numbers are way off, I think we’re gonna see those.”
04:15 — It’s a performance game at Oracle — that’s what it’s betting on — and that’s why they’ve become the world’s hottest major cloud provider with a Q4 growth rate of 54%.