Oracle pushes proprietary, but can it keep ahead in hardware?

Oracle is well and truly pushing engineered (ie proprietary) systems.Speaking yesterday in London, Oracle president Mark Hurd claimed that Oracle’s vertically integrated stack combining hardware, middleware, database and enterprise applications, has been pre-integrated so customers do not require expensive IT consultants to connect the system together.

This may be true of the bits within the Oracle stack, but most businesses connect systems across complex, heterogeneous environments.

Hurd also stated that Oracle will spend $5 bn this year on R&D. Now that it is playing in the hardware race, how far will that go? After all, Intel is expected to spend over $18 bn on R&D.

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