Larry Ellison delivers cloud computing its annual spanking

Oracle CEO Larry Ellison brought his audience to laughter and cheers at the Churchill Club last week, with a spontaneous lampooning of people who throw around the current tech buzzword “the cloud.”

A year ago, Ellison told an Oracle OpenWorld keynote audience, “We’ll make cloud computing announcements. I’m not going to fight this thing. But I don’t understand what we would do differently in the light of cloud.” To Ellison, talking about cloud computing makes light of the hardware, operating systems, and Oracle software that make up the so-called cloud.

This time around, Ellison mocked non-technical people who claim their product has the cloud, whatever the cloud is, because it’s this year’s tech fad. Watch the video. It runs five minutes, but America’s third richest man is more of a comic than you might expect.

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