Thomas Kurian, who used to be Oracle’s technical no. 2, has just left the company. He said he is taking “extended time off from Oracle,” while Oracle is trying to give the impression that Thomas will return shortly. That’s seriously bad news for the entire Oracle community.
“It is tidings more grievous than any in this land can understand, though it may touch them sorely ere the year is much older”
Aragorn, in The Lord of the Rings
In the good old days, when the Oracle ACE program could still afford to invite all the ACE Directors to a meeting in Redwood Shores before OpenWorld, the meeting with Thomas Kurian was always a highlight. I consistently came away impressed with Thomas’ grasp of the technical details across the Oracle product stack and felt Oracle would be in good hands when he took over from Larry.
The rumor is that Thomas wanted Oracle’s software to run on Amazon and Azure, but Larry won’t allow that. Larry is in love with Oracle’s fancy Exa-this and Exa-that hardware and has spent years bashing Amazon, so it is natural that he wants everybody to run on Oracle hardware. Thomas, on the other hand, is the leader of 35,000 software engineers and wants to see the great software his team has built being used as much as possible.
You would think that Oracle knew better. They watched Sun sticking doggedly to their fancy hardware until they were almost broke and could be bought cheaply, but now Oracle is following the same strategy. I believe Thomas is right, but Larry owns the company.
What does this mean for you as an Oracle professional? It means Oracle has missed yet another an opportunity to become relevant in the cloud, and time is running out as Amazon and Azure pulls further ahead. Do not bet your career as developer, DBA or IT manager on any Oracle Cloud product.
Of course the database will be around for decades yet …
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