SAN FRANCISCO -- Oracle OpenWorld, Oracle Develop and JavaOne are consuming a huge chunk of the city by the bay this week, spilling out of the cavernous Moscone Convention Center, shutting down a key section of the heavily traveled Howard Street and gobbling up several nearby hotels.
The massive trade shows will feature more than 1,800 sessions, 400 partner exhibits, nearly 400 Oracle demos, keynotes, labs and networking events, and untold thousands of bleary eyed developers, customers, journalists and analysts.
[login] On Sunday night, Oracle CEO Larry Ellison rolled out his firm's ambitious entry into the private cloud computing battle, increasing the stakes between Oracle and rivals like HP and IBM.
Ellison detailed the Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which the company is calling the world's first integrated middleware machine. It's a system featuring 30 servers, each loaded with two six-core processors for a grand total of 360 processor cores. They are linked to each other, and to storage, through Infiniband connections. Ellison said the cloud systems support both Solaris and Linux OSes and include the middleware companies need to run apps.
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