SAN FRANCISCO--Thousands of Oracle OpenWorld attendees swarm the intersection of 4th and Howard streets today, quickly moving from Moscone West to the North and South Halls of Moscone Center along Howard Street.
OpenWorld is the largest convention to take place in San Francisco every year and, according to Oracle, is the world's largest information technology event.
The annual show, which has come to town again this week, is known to locals for causing some disruptions in traffic due to these street closures. But it also does its part for the local economy, selling out downtown hotel rooms and bringing more than $100 million in business to the city, according to the company.
From the pedestrian overpass leading to Yerba Buena Gardens, one can see the tent city that has sprung up along Howard Street to host the nearly 41,000 people who are expected to attend this year's expo.
When Oracle bought Sun Microsystems last year, it gave Oracle the power of having extensive resources in both hardware and software.
There is a huge focus on cloud computing this year, and as you walk through the halls of Moscone, it's clear that Oracle hopes to leverage its cloud computing capabilities with the hybrid services of hardware and software, including security and application management.
The view inside the Intel booth on the expo floor of Moscone's South Hall, where partners are putting their integrated applications on display.
Intel's Thomas Kilroy spoke this morning, focusing on the organization and management of information on the Web, and how Intel is partnering with Oracle to make management of data in the cloud better.
There are 2 billion Internet-connected devices today, but by the 2015, Kilroy said, we will need to manage the flow of information coming from around 10 billion devices, all sending increasing amounts of data streaming across the Web.