Oracle CEO predicts VMware will follow Netscape

Quoting from Financial Times:

As the boss of the hottest company to emerge from the software industry in 2007, Diane Greene has had to deal recently with a familiar rite of passage: the jibes of Larry Ellison.

Mr Ellison has been characteristically dismissive. He recently compared the company to Netscape, and predicted that Microsoft would quickly eclipse it as it did the browser pioneer. For good measure, he added that the base layer of software on which virtualisation depends, called a hypervisor, was so simple that his cat could write it.

Ms Greene’s tart response, delivered during an interview with the Financial Times at VMware’s Silicon Valley headquarters: “If his very smart cat could write it, my very smart tortoise could write his database.”…

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