Key Words: ‘Keep talkin’ Larry’: Amazon appears ever closer to dumping Oracle

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An executive with Amazon’s cloud-computing unit snapped back at Oracle Executive Chairman Larry Ellison, who had called out the retail internet giant as recently as last month for relying on Oracle software to track transactions and store information — this, despite the fact that Amazon sells its own competing products, including Redshift, Aurora and DynamoDB.

Andy Jassy, who leads Amazon Web Services, or AWS, claimed Friday in a tweet that Ellison is at least a step behind.

‘In latest episode of ‘uh huh, keep talkin’ Larry,’ Amazon’s Consumer business turned off its Oracle data warehouse Nov. 1 and moved to Redshift.’

Amazon’s Andy Jassy

By the end of 2018, Amazon AMZN, -2.42%   will stop using 88% of its Oracle ORCL, +0.36%   databases, including 97% of its mission-critical databases, Jassy added.

Amazon’s slow migration even as it built up AWS reflects the difficulty of moving high volumes of data to new systems, even for a well-resourced giant like Amazon.

Ellison, for his part, has railed against the security measures of Amazon.

Amazon shares, which fell 2.4% Friday, are up 46% so far in 2018. Oracle shares, closing up 0.4% Friday, are up some 7% year to date.

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