Ellison: "They are not competitive in the database business except on the mainframe. I will grant you that the two best databases in the world are IBM on mainframes and Oracle. It's just that Oracle runs on modern computing hardware."
Spang: "Well, he's half right. The System Zs and Power hardware are among the most advanced server hardware on the planet. No systems can match the System z for performance, throughput and scalability. Anyone who knows anything about those systems would get a chuckle out of Larry's comments."
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