Larry Ellison is finally in the hardware business. Maybe the second time's a charm.
In the late 1990s, Ellison tried to drum up support for a network-based computer. He barnstormed around the country with Sun Microsystems' Scott McNealy and made the case for a thin-client alternative to the Wintel duopoly. They were so convincing that Intel embarked upon a crash course to squeeze down costs before the NC could ever get going. Intel prevailed in that contest and Ellison moved on.
Now he's back on a considerably bigger scale--not to mention on more familiar turf.