IDC name Oracle database market leader

According to the latest report from market research firm IDC, Oracle continues to be the overall leader in the worldwide relational and object-relational database management systems software market.

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By  Sarah Gain Published  March 14, 2005

IDC’s report into the top five vendors, “Worldwide RDBMS 2004 Vendor Shares”, released this month, estimates that Oracle Database revenues have grown by 14.5% year over year as its market share lead has increased to 41.3%. Overall, the worldwide market for relational database management systems grew by 11.6% in 2004. In 2003, Oracle Database posted 8.6% growth year on year and was the market share leader with 39.8%. 2004 marked a significant year for Oracle Database. Oracle Database 10g became generally available in January last year and in February, lower pricing was introduced for the Standard Edition One. Simultaneously, Oracle Real Application Clusters became available as part of 10g Standard Edition, enabling customers to benefit from the availability and scalability on the low cost product. To round out the year, Release 2 of Oracle Database 10g was announced last December, with general availability scheduled for mid-year 2005. Husam Dajani, Oracle’s vice president in the Middle East and Africa, commented on the IDC report: “The IDC report comes as no surprise to us, as we experience this kind of positive growth in our region, more customers are recognising the superiority of our database and solutions and turning to us for help. We are proud to offer this kind of help and we will continue to do so,” he says. Oracle Database 10g also received numerous awards from industry publications in 2004, recognising the product’s advanced grid management capabilities as well as its automated administrative features that simplify configuration and management of complex computing environments and reduce database administrator workload for handling large infrastructures. The numbers clearly indicate that Oracle has made impressive gains and is widening the gap between itself and its nearest competitor, according to Ayman Abouseif, senior director of marketing for Oracle Middle East and Africa. “The growth is attributable to a number of factors including the availability of Oracle Database 10g, the success of Oracle Database 10g Standard Edition One, and the overall acceptance and adoption of our grid computing strategy by customers and partners. Oracle is enabling more customers to obtain greater utilisation of their IT systems today,” Abouseif says.

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