Larry Ellison, chairman of Oracle Corp., speaks during the Oracle OpenWorld conference. (Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg)  

‘Keep Talkin’ Larry’: Amazon Is Close to Tossing Oracle Software

(Bloomberg) -- Inc. has taken another step toward eliminating software from Oracle Corp. that has long helped the e-commerce giant run its retail business.

An executive with Amazon’s cloud-computing unit hit back at Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison, who ridiculed the internet giant as recently as last month for relying on Oracle databases to track transactions and store information, even though Amazon sells competing software, including Redshift, Aurora and DynamoDB. Amazon’s effort to end its use of Oracle’s products has made new progress, Andy Jassy, the chief executive officer of Amazon Web Services, tweeted Friday.

“In latest episode of ‘uh huh, keep talkin’ Larry,’ Amazon’s Consumer business turned off its Oracle data warehouse Nov. 1 and moved to Redshift,” Jassy wrote. By the end of 2018, Amazon will stop using 88 percent of its Oracle databases, including 97 percent of its mission-critical databases, he added.

Since becoming a major provider of cloud computing, Amazon has moved to toss out its Oracle software. It has been a slow process, reflecting the difficulty of transitioning high volumes of data to new systems -- despite Amazon’s own databases and large resources.

SAP SE, a database and applications vendor, is another rival trying to separate itself from Oracle. SAP has bought multiple companies that run on Oracle products and is still in the process of moving the subsidiaries to SAP’s own software.

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