Back in 2003, Oracle launched the Oracle Grid. Tie a bunch of computers together, put their resources in a single pool and you get a super stable and scalable system. By the way, run it on Linux and you'll save money on your software licences too.
That was 2003. So what does Oracle co-president Charles Philips tell delegates at the 2005 LinuxWorld conference in San Francisco?
Surely he wouldn't bore them to sleep with a shameless pitch for the Oracle Grid, would he? He wouldn't put up a slide with market share figures, showing that the Oracle database is bigger than IBM's DB2?
Oracle would never act so thankless as to use the opening keynote of such a major industry event for a 20 minute sales pitch, leaving half of the 45 minute slot unused.
But yes, they did.
"Oracle is 100 per cent behind Linux," Philips said this morning at the event. Good for you, mate. Now if only if you could get behind the people that you address as well, that would be even better.
Philips persues a second carreer as hypnotist. Lesson 1: put an audience to sleep. Mission: accomplished.
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