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Amazon Ditching Oracle by 2020 – Report

Larry Ellison loves to insult AWS, but Amazon isn't going to put up with it much longer.

Mitch Wagner

August 1, 2018

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Amazon Ditching Oracle by 2020 – Report

Amazon Web Services has been the butt of insults from Oracle Founder Larry Ellison, even though Oracle claims AWS is a major customer. Now, Amazon is flipping Oracle the bird, and reportedly planning to move off Oracle databases by 2020.

Amazon.com Inc. (Nasdaq: AMZN), which has its own cloud database that competes with Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL), plans to be completely off Oracle's database software by the first quarter of 2020, according to a CNBC report Wednesday.

Ellison's insults are like when the nerdy kid makes fun of the most popular kid in school. AWS is growing at a rate of 49%, while Oracle is about the same size as it was four years ago. (See Amazon Cloud Revenue Leaps 49% to $5.44B and Larry Ellison Laughed at the Cloud, Now the Cloud Is Laughing Back.)

Moreover, Amazon has 34% market share in the cloud, more than the next four competitors combined, and Oracle isn't even one of those other four (Microsoft, IBM, Google and Alibaba, in that order), according to a report released Friday by Synergy Research Group Inc. (See Amazon Still Dominates Cloud Market, Bigger Than Next Four Competitors Combined.)

So, yeah, Oracle gets some good jokes. But Oracle eats its sad lunch of baloney sandwiches alone at a table near the boy's room, while AWS is the Homecoming Queen and class valedictorian.

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Neither Amazon nor Oracle responded to queries at press time.

Amazon began moving off Oracle four to five years ago, according to one of several anonymous sources, says CNBC. Some of its core shopping business still relies on Oracle, and the full migration should complete in about 14 to 20 months. Amazon claims the Oracle technology simply does not scale to meet its performance needs.

Oracle claims AWS spent $60 million last year on Oracle products, just because Oracle is better than anything AWS offers, Ellison said in October. And SAP AG (NYSE/Frankfurt: SAP), another Oracle competitor, is also a big Oracle customer, Oracle says. (See Oracle's Ellison: Amazon & SAP Use Our Database Because We're Better.)

Oracle and SAP countered that Ellison is full of rubbish about Oracle performance. (See 'No Facts, Wild Claims & Lots of Bluster'; Amazon Hits Back at Oracle's Ellison.)

Oracle is getting into the cloud, launching Autonomous Database Cloud, in competition with AWS Redshift, late last year. Ellison claims the Oracle service runs at half the cost of the AWS database, with guaranteed 99.995% uptime, or about a half-hour downtime per year. (See Oracle's Ellison: We'll Beat Amazon Cloud Pricing by Half.)

Reports first surfaced in in early January hat both Oracle and Salesforce were planning to move off Oracle. (See Are Amazon & Salesforce Ditching Oracle?)

Oracle and AWS are also reportedly butting heads over a plum contract from the US Department of Defense. Oracle is leading a Washington push to stop AWS from being sole winner of a lucrative DoD contract that will be rewarded in coming months. Oracle wants in on the deal, and so do other technology companies that have joined forces with Oracle, including Microsoft, IBM, Dell Technologies and Hewlett Packard Enterprise. (See Oracle Leads Lobby Against AWS for Juicy Pentagon Deal – Bloomberg .)

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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