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Oracle Trumps Microsoft in Battle for NT
REDWOOD SHORES, Calif., Mar. 29, 1999Oracle Corp. today announced that it has significantly
increased its marketshare on Windows NT over Microsoft, according to figures just released
in Dataquests 1998 Worldwide DBMS Preliminary Market Statistics. The Dataquest
report shows that Oracle now holds a commanding 46.1 percent of the Windows NT market,
with 55 percent growth in 1998, compared to only 12 percent growth for Microsoft.
Microsofts NT marketshare declined significantly, according to the report down to
29.7 percent in 1998 from 37.8 percent in 1997. This is the third consecutive year that
Oracle has gained marketshare over Microsoft on their own platform, according to
"These numbers show that we have opened the gap considerably over Microsoft on
their own platform," said Chuck Rozwat, senior vice president of Oracles Server
Technology division. "Customers are overwhelmingly choosing Oracle on NT over
Microsoft because Oracles core focus on scalability, reliability and availability
are vital considerations for any company doing business on the Internet."
On UNIX platforms, Oracle remained the undisputed leader, with 60.9 percent of the
market, according to Dataquest. Informix followed in a distant second with 13.2 percent,
while IBM and Sybase brought up the rear with 7.3 percent and 7.1 percent respectively.
Significantly, IBMs goal of becoming an open database supplier continues to be
unsuccessful. According to the report, IBM has less than 9 percent of the combined UNIX/NT
market. Even on IBM's own UNIX platform, Oracle outsells IBM DB2 by almost two to one.
Microsoft still has no RDBMS product available for the open systems UNIX platform.
Strong Growth in Database Market Fueled by the Internet According to Dataquest, the
overall market for new database (DBMS) licenses, which reached $7.1 billion in 1998, grew
a robust 15 percent, driven largely by demand for Internet applications, electronic
commerce, and data warehousing. Dataquest predicted the overall DBMS market would grow to
$10 billion by 2003.
Oracle Corporation is the world's leading supplier
of software for information management, and the world's second largest independent
software company. With annual revenues of more than $8.3 billion, the company offers its
database, tools and application products, along with related consulting, education, and
support services, in more than 145 countries around the world.
For more information about Oracle, please call 650/506-7000. Oracle's Worldwide Web
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