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Oracle and IBM are leaders in database

In this excellent eWeek article by Lisa Vaas, we see that IBM and Oracle are fighting for dominance in the database market:,1759,1820684,00.asp

Vaas notes that Oracle and IBM are running neck-and-neck, while straggler  Microsoft only has a 20% share of the database market:

With 34.1 percent of the overall market, IBM holds a slim margin over its closest competitor, Oracle Corp., which maintains 33.7 percent of the overall market. Microsoft Corp. follows up with 20 percent of the market. NCR Teradata Corp. controls 2.9 percent, Sybase Inc. claims 2.3 percent and others hold 6.6 percent.

As for Oracle, representatives note that Oracle believed that “Oracle grid computing” (lots of small “blade” servers, are the wave of the future, and that Real Application Clusters on and the combination of Oracle with Linux is a growth area:

Willie Hardie, Oracle's senior director of Database Product Marketing, found evidence that the market is buying into the database company's grid vision and its pushing of RAC (Real Application Clusters) clustering on commodity servers running on the Linux platform.

"Forget about databases specifically and look at server sales," said Hardie, in Redwood Shores, Calif. "The growth market in servers is in small servers, with clustering of small servers.

That matches closely to Oracle's grid model: don't buy big servers; cluster together boxes running Linux or Windows. No doubt there's a trend in the industry moving in that direction, somewhat reflected in Oracle's growth in 2004."


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