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Ellison brushes off Sun attacks

Simon Quicke

Larry Ellison, CEO of Oracle, has dismissed suggestions that the acquisition of Sun has not been a positive move using a keynote at the vendor's conference to talk up the hardware that has come out of the tie-up.

Ellison said that rivals had claimed that being part of Oracle would kill Sun and that what was left of the firm was a shadow of its former self but as he strolled around a stage next to a fresh line of SPARC machines he laughed off the criticisms.

"Every night the Sun sets but every morning it also rises," he said before publicly thanking those Sun staff that had been responsible for strengthening its hardware options.

Setting his sights on both HP and IBM Ellison used his keynote at the OpenWorld conference to set out is position as the hardware vendor to underpin the cloud and business intelligence needs.

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