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Oracle Corp top dog Larry Ellison has turned his attentions on the company’s application business, which Oracle is reliant upon to get its network computing business running at the scale it intends. The company’s vice president of marketing for Europe, Middle East and Asia, Alfonso Di Ianni said at last week’s NetEvents conference in Switzerland, Larry is back on stage at Oracle. In the last couple of months he has focused his energy on the application groups, which is what he is good at. We want to let people know we are not into Network Computing just for the sake of it; Larry is focusing on making sure we coordinate our product offerings. Oracle already has network computing customers, and the company’s Network Computing Division based in California now has around 200 employees. Oracle director of Network Computing marketing, Lynne Gillon said NCI is currently working on developing software for set top boxes. The company will not divuldge details, but Gillon said exciting things will be happening, and suggested the company would be making an official announcement imminently. The company finds it difficult to place an exact figure on the revenues it generates from network computing, but Gillon says if you look at the growth of related software and hardware it is growing at around 200%.

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