Oracle still tops the database market


Oracle still tops the database market

Antony Savvas

Oracle is still dominant in the relational database market, according to analyst firm IDC.

The market grew by 14.3% from 2005 to 2006, said IDC, with Oracle once again leading the field, with 44% of the market. This generated revenue of £3.84bn for Oracle, which was a 14.7% jump on 2005.

IBM held second place with £1.8bn, and Microsoft continued to gain ground with 25% growth to £1.5bn. Upgrades to ASE 15 helped lift Sybase by 4.3% to £263m, followed by Teradata with £230m. Smaller suppliers averaged a relatively robust 5.3% growth rate from 2005 to 2006, said IDC.

IDC said Oracle has shown strong growth in new sites among small and medium-sized businesses. Additional licence purchases due to processor or core-related upgrades also helped drive Oracle’s licence revenue growth.

Both IBM and Microsoft reported “substantial” net increases in new sites for their products, said IDC, and there was a wider acceptance among larger firms for Microsoft’s SQL Server 2005 as an enterprise relational database system.

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