Larry Ellison announced something at OOW today (and yes, I just got into town):

image Chief Executive Larry Ellison kicked off his keynote address at Oracle’s annual customer conference on Sunday with comments on cloud computing and Salesforce.com Inc. (CRM), rather than focusing on Oracle’s strained partnership with partner Hewlett-Packard Co. (HPQ).

"Cloud stands in stark contrast to Salesforce.com," Ellison said, calling out several ways in which he thinks Saleforce is not an example of cloud computing. Cloud computing, he added, "is a platform upon which you build applications. It includes hardware and software."

The comments were a build-up to his announcement of a new product called Exalogic Elastic Cloud, which he referred to as a cloud in a box. "It is a hardware and software combination" that allows company to set up a private cloud.

It’s funny for a couple reasons (not the least of which being that a “cloud in a box” is a complete oxymoron)…

Does no one remember him saying:

Larry said, "Maybe I’m an idiot, but I have no idea what anyone is talking about. What is it? It’s complete gibberish. It’s insane. When is this idiocy going to stop?"

I do.

By the way, we’ll be broadcasting #theCube live from the show floor at Oracle Open World. This should be fun.

(If you’re here, you can find us at the QLogic booth).