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CNET News.com: Ellison touts Oracle service's "threat" to Windows

May 17, 2000, 00:36 (4 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Wylie Wong)

"The new Web service, free for some levels of disk storage space, will launch in several months, Ellison said during Oracle's iDevelop users conference here today at company headquarters. The announcement came as Ellison touted the company's new Internet File System, software that stores and manages 150 types of content, including audio, video, email and Microsoft Word and Excel documents. "

"The new technology is a key piece in Oracle's Internet-focused 8i database Software-as well as part of the company's goal to make the Windows operating system unnecessary. ... Oracle is positioning the Internet File System as a replacement to the Windows File System built into Microsoft's operating system. The product essentially moves data storage from a PC's hard drive to back-end servers on a network. "I think it's an enormous threat. It dramatically decreases the value of Windows," Ellison said."

"During his speech, Ellison said a file system built into a database will offer better and faster search capabilities than standard operating systems, the ability to find content with any device that has a Web browser, better security from virus attacks and protection from computer crashes. ... Companies, he said, "have to decide where to keep data." Will they use "big IFS (Internet File System) servers or 175,000 desktops? You get yourself into lots of trouble if you start fragmenting information. It's like having thousands of file cabinets in different cities."

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