IBM heads database market

Report says Oracle is Linux master, but has lost top spot for RDBMS

Oracle may no longer lead the overall market for relational database management systems (RDBMS) sales, but it is the undisputed Linux master, said a report from Gartner.

Gartner's 2003 survey of the RDBMS market showed that annual database sales rose in value by just over 5% last year, from $6.7bn in 2002 to almost $7.1bn.

Despite the apparent upswing, Gartner claimed that much of that growth was because of changing currency rates rather than increased demand. 

IBM, for the second year in a row was the overall leader in RDBMS sales, with 35% of the market and $2.5bn in sales, up 5% from 2002. Most of that growth came from DB2 sales on its iSeries and zSeries hardware platforms. 

Oracle held second place, with a 32.6% share and roughly $2.3bn sales, up 2.4% from 2002. 

Microsoft holds the number-three spot, with 19% of the RDBMS market. Sales rose from $1.1bn in 2002 to $1.3n last year.

Marc L Songini writes for Computerworld

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