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Leading Research Firm Recognizes Oracle as Leader in Worldwide Relational Database Market Share


REDWOOD SHORES, Calif. - According to market research firm IDC, Oracle is the overall leader in the worldwide relational database management systems (RDBMS) software market.

IDC states in its latest report, “Worldwide RDBMS 2006 Vendor Shares: Preliminary Results for the Top Five Vendors (March 2007, IDC #206061),” that Oracle’s market share in 2006 jumped 14.7 percent over 2005 results and now stands at 44.4 percent, well ahead of competing products. The closest competitor holds 21.2 percent market share. Overall, the worldwide market for relational database management systems grew by 14.3 percent in 2006.

“IDC’s findings show once again that Oracle is the industry’s most popular database by more than a two to one margin over its nearest competitor,” said Willie Hardie, vice president of Database Product Marketing, Oracle. “Customers are consolidating their transactional and business intelligence applications on low-cost server and storage grids that are available 24 by 7 and can easily scale out on demand. The self-managing features of Oracle Database make it easy for organizations of all sizes to meet their service level objectives, and turn data into a clear business advantage.”

“Oracle was once again atop the RDBMS software market in 2006,” said Carl Olofson, Research Vice President, Application Development and Deployment, IDC. “Oracle’s continued leadership may be in part due to the demand we are seeing for database performance and availability as well as by falling unit prices for storage.”


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