Oracle has swiped at cloud competitor Amazon Web Services (AWS), claiming its new automated database is one tenth of the cost.

The dig from co-CEO Mark Hurd came after Oracle released patchy quarterly numbers, with cloud revenue up but new licence and hardware revenue down.

Speaking on an earnings call, transcribed by Seeking Alpha, Hurd talked up Oracle’s new autonomous database.

During its previous quarterly results Oracle attributed a slowing of cloud sales to the anticipation of the database, which launched at the start of the year.

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Oracle got a big mountain to climb getting away from there the old licensing model to the cloud model is tough to transition and takes a few years Microsoft is proof of that.