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Oracle Taunts IBM with $10M Challenge

In the keynote address at Oracle OpenWorld this week, CEO of Oracle Larry Ellison fired back against rumors (that he believes were spread by IBM) about the future and performance of Solaris and Sun:

 "We are going to challenge any enterprise company to take one of its existing database applications, that it has not run, and if we cannot run that database application at least twice as fast on Sun gear we'll give it $10 millon. Oh, and IBM, you're welcome to enter."

It was only one of many shots fired at the computer-giant, IBM.  Ellison assured the OpenWorld audience that Oracle would continue its business in software and hardware:

"If IBM wants to compete we will compete. We are not selling the hardware business, no part of the software business are we selling."

The CEO's barrage was fueled by allegations that IBM was encouraging Oracle hardware customers to come over to them because Oracle was supposedly getting out of the hardware business.  Oracle, however, has not been totally honest in its advertising either as they were fined for misleading statements about Sun and Oracle servers. 

                         Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle

Ellison now stands behind a new benchmark report that shows Sun-Oracle servers running 26% faster than IBM, using less hardware, less energy, and having a record 7.7 million tpmC.  This report is what prompted the 10 million-dollar guarantee.  At least for Larry Ellison, there are no doubts about the strength that the Sun acquisition has brought to Oracle:

"We are looking forward to competing with IBM in the systems business, and we think the combination of Sun and Oracle is well equipped to compete successfully against the giant.  We hope this [removes] some of the uncertainty. We're in it to win it."
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