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Oracle Team USA pulled off a stunning comeback this week to win the 34th America's Cup. Maybe now Larry Ellison can focus on bringing the same passion to Oracle's competitions in the technology arena.
The Oracle CEO's no-show for Wednesday's OpenWorld keynote speech, announced 45 minutes after he was supposed to appear on stage, predictably left attendees fuming and did little for Oracle's customer relations. "While Oracle asks customers to prioritize its products over competitors, Ellison made the decision that racing, his passion and hobby, is more important than customers," said analyst Michael Krigsman of consulting firm Asuret.
While Ellison focused on sailing, Microsoft was throwing down the gauntlet in the race to the cloud, announcing that Oracle's Java SE can be run on Microsoft's Windows Azure cloud service using a new implementation of the OpenJDK called Zulu, developed by Azul Systems.
Using the Zulu OpenJDK build on Azure, users are free to deploy any Java application server of their choice, not just Oracle's WebLogic, pointed out Gianugo Rabellino, Microsoft's senior director of open source communities. While the JVM (Java Virtual Machine) can execute Java code, an application server handles all the external intricacies of running a Java program in a full-scale production setting.
The certification deal Oracle struck with Microsoft back in June may have been designed to fend off poaching of enterprise customers by Amazon Web Services, but Oracle is sprouting frenemies as fast as a leaky boat taking on water.