Oracle CEO Larry Ellison said Oracle 8i revamps his 2-year-old network computing concept. Ellison said he erred in coining the term "NC" because that caused people to focus on the device rather than on a concept - moving applications to service providers with the skills to deploy them, rather than having users of all experience levels deploy and maintain their own servers and software. He said this concept would let operations such as lawyers', doctors' and architects' offices outsource their business com-puting needs to companies that provide Internet connections to Oracle 8i application servers. It will also let large enterprises eliminate many existing servers by merging transaction and database/data warehousing systems into fewer Oracle 8i servers. In Ellison's vision, Internet computing will be much cheaper than client/server.
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