The clout that Amazon Web Services commands and its rapid expansion has always been a tough nut to crack for Larry Ellison, Oracle’s executive chairman and chief technology officer. And he got another chance to poke holes at AWS during the release of Oracle’s first fiscal quarter earnings results. He stated that come October 1st at Oracle OpenWorld, the company will release a new database that will be totally automated to provide what he called “unprecedented reliability in the cloud” devoid of any human interaction. He added that his company plans to grant service-level agreements to customers at the end of the year when the new database starts shipping, in a move that will assure 99.995 percent uptime.
Ellison touted the new product, throwing a direct hit at Amazon Web Services and its main offering – RedShift – by saying “AWS can’t do any of this.” He promised to reward customers who switch from RedShift to his new database with a price cut that will see their costs reduced and a new experience.