Larry Ellison likes to keep his options open; personally he can’t stand the hype of cloud computing with some great quotes such as “more fashion-driven than women's fashion and cloud computing is simply the latest fashion”.
Then on Oracle’s fiscal third quarter earnings call, Larry focuses on fusion and how the architecture can be used for on premise or the cloud.
We think once we deliver Fusion, we’re going to be well-positioned to challenge for the number one slot. One of the important things about our Fusion applications is they are designed not simply to run on premise, which of course they do. But they’re all on-demand or if you prefer, cloud-ready. So we’ll be delivering those applications, both by selling the software directly — kind of the old way of doing it, which is still the most popular way, by the way. We’ll be selling the Fusion applications integrated with our hardware, our servers, and our storage and our networks. We’ll be selling it on the cloud, all modern service-orientated 21st century stuff.Talk about keeping your options open Larry is right about cloud and the fashion industry though.