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Oracle unveils next generation cloud vision at OpenWorld – autonomous and rearchitected

October 24, 2018 / James Bourne

A semi-autonomous database is like a semi-self-driving car,” Oracle co-founder and CTO Larry Ellison told attendees at the company’s OpenWorld event. “You get in, you drive, and you die.”Why the comparison? Ellison was responding to an article he read – provenance not known – around rumours Amazon was building a ‘semi-autonomous’ database. It’s not much of a surprise. Oracle’s autonomous database is certainly Ellison’s favourite topic right now – but bashing the biggest player in cloud infrastructure must rank a close second. The first keynote of Oracle OpenWorld, in San Francisco this week, focused on the next generation of cloud computing. The company’s vision is based around the autonomous database, but now added to this is a rearchitected infrastructure – what it calls the second-generation cloud.“I’m not talking about a few software changes here and there,” said Ellison. “I&...