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Ellison: The Internet Is the New Computing Model

NEW YORK -- By nutshelling what the Internet means to the business community, you could say it has taken the best of mainframe and client/server computing and put them into one resource.

That's according to Larry Ellison, chairman and CEO or Oracle Corp. In his address to the Fall Internet World '98 convention, Ellison continuously stressed that the client/server model is "killing" the industry financially and administratively. He argues, "We've horribly fragmented our information ... client/server is an evolutionary dead end."

When using a mainframe, users were all connected to a wide-area network that could be expanded across the globe. "We miss that," says Ellison. When using the client/server model, clients had a "great interface and cheap hardware."

According to Ellison, the best of both worlds convene on the Internet. With the Internet, "We've taken the application off the client and put it back on the server," he says.

By developing Web applications, business-to-business computing is the future of e-commerce, says Ellison. Even smaller businesses who couldn't invest in the administration of Web applications will simply purchase Web-based systems from ISVs.

Ellison says another advantage of using the Internet is the lack of OS reliance. "The Internet is based on standards that belong to us all." -- Brian Ploskina, Assistant Editor

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Scott Bekker is editor in chief of Redmond Channel Partner magazine.

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