The findings were revealed at the Oracleworld user conference in Paris last week, where Tim Payne, Oracle's senior director for technology, said, "Nearly a third of companies simply go out and buy more hardware when a system encounters capacity problems."
If utilisation rates were pushed up to 90%, companies across Europe would save £2.7bn a year in reduced server purchases, Payne said. "Many companies are wasting money on extra server hardware when they could be sharing unused capacity to overcome bottlenecks," he said.
Quocircia talked to 307 IT professionals following Oracle's September release of its 10g grid computing database.
Oracle used its European user conference to announce a cut-price easy-to-install offer to SMEs for the 10g database.
Oracle will offer options to SMEs and company departments that will allow them to install 10g from one CD in 17 minutes at a cost of less than £3,500 per processor, or £115 per user.