Oracle chairman Larry Ellison will take another broadside at rivals Microsoft today, with plans for a server which can run Oracle?s database software without the need for an operating system, such as Windows NT or Unix.
Ellison is expected to give details of the new server at a keynote speech at Comdex, Las Vegas, tonight, at the same time as Microsoft holds the launch party for its SQL 7.0 database software.
While Ellison?s network computer initiative of three years ago failed to supplant the PC, he is confident of success this time around, and claims to have approached leading manufacturers, including Compaq, Dell, Hewlett-Packard, and Sun Microsystems, about plans to sell the servers, which will run Oracle?s database on a small microkernel of their choice.
While nothing has been agreed as yet, Ellison has said such devices will begin manufacturing early next year. Databases will run faster, and more reliably, he argues, with just a small microkernel, rather than a complicated, general purpose operating system.
If Microsoft allies such as Compaq and Dell support Oracle?s plans it will be an interesting move to say the least, in the light of the current antitrust trial against the Redmond-based software giant, which argues it uses its monopoly muscle to deter manufacturers from supporting competing strategies, such as Ellision?s initiative.
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