Larry Ellison Sounds Off on Cloud Computing

By Reuters

Silicon Valley billionaire Larry Ellison shed a little sunshine on "cloud computing" on Thursday at a financial analyst meeting held by Oracle, the software company that he founded and runs (when he's not making into the headlines for his more nautical pursuits):

We've redefined 'cloud computing' to include everything we currently do. So it has already achieved dominance in the industry. I can't think of anything that isn't cloud computing.

The computer industry is the only industry that is more fashion-driven than women's fashion. Cloud Computing. I remember I was reading W and I read that orange is the new pink. And cloud is the new SaaS. (Software as a Service) Or cloud is the new virtualization. It is the most nonsensical. I mean I read these articles ... I have no idea what anybody is talking about. I mean it is really just complete gibberish.

What is it? What is it? ... Is it - 'Oh, I am going to access data on a server on the Internet.' That is cloud computing?

Then there is a definition: What is cloud computing? It is using a computer that is out there. That is one of the definitions:  'That is out there.' These people who are writing this crap are out there. They are insane. I mean it is the stupidest.

And he wasn't done yet: "When is this idiocy going to stop?" And "What the hell is cloud computing?" followed. And then this:

We'll make cloud computing announcements because if orange is the new pink, we'll make orange... Okay fine, we'll do some cloud. Maybe we'll do an ad. I don't know what we'll do differently in light of cloud computing other than change the wording on some of our ads. It's crazy. So that's my view.

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This article was originally published on 09-26-2008