Oracle chairman and chief executive officer Larry Ellison used his keynote address here at Comdex to hawk the speed of his forthcoming Oracle8i database, and found time to offer some choice words about rival Microsoft's new SQL Server 7.0 release unveiled earlier this week.
In a speech now familiar to Oracle watchers, Ellison told conference attendees that businesses should stop deploying small NT-based servers throughout their businesses.
"Consolidate your data on a small number of large servers; that's the way the Internet works, and that's the way your business should work," Ellison said.
The Oracle chief worked the appreciative Comdex crowd with a demonstration of the file management capabilities of the Oracle8i database, and with some scathing remarks about Microsoft's relational database.
"If you can make SQL 7 run no less than 100 times slower than Oracle8i, we'll give you a million dollars," Ellison promised.