Database market bounces back

The worldwide relational database management system market bounced back from an average 2002 with a chipper 2003, according to Gartner.

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By  Matthew Southwell Published  June 2, 2004

The worldwide relational database management system (RDBMS) market bounced back from an average 2002 with a chipper 2003, according to Gartner Group. Whereas two years ago the market declined, new license revenue totalled US$7.1 billion last year, a 5.1% year-on-year increase. Key to this resurgence is the masses of data companies are generating and an increased interest in utilising this information in an effective way. “Enterprises have worked through some excess capacity issues, and they are looking to the future,” says Colleen Graham, principal analyst for Gartner. “Many companies are examining ways to augment and improve reporting and data management capabilities to meet increasing regulatory compliance requirements. The increasing strategic importance of data warehouse and strategic business intelligence initiatives has provided some of the growth in the RDBMS market,” she explains. All of the top-tier RDBMS vendors were able to achieve an increase in new license revenue in 2003. IBM continued to account for 35.7% of worldwide RDBMS new license revenue, as its revenue increased 4.9%. RDBMS on the Windows server platform also showed a slight improvement in 2003 with new license revenue reaching US$2.8 billion, a 3.8% increase from 2002. Microsoft extended its market share in this segment to 47.3%, up from 44.3% in 2002. The only segment that suffered a decline in new license revenue in 2003 was RDBMS on Unix, not including Linux. New license revenue in this market decreased 5.9% in 2003 with Oracle accounting for 57.4% of new license revenue in this segment. The fastest growing segment in 2003 was RDBMS on the Linux platform. New license revenue for Linux RDBMS totalled US$299.3 million in 2003, a 158% increase from 2002.

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