Microsoft is gaining ground in a relational database market that contracted by seven per cent last year and is still dominated by two big players, IBM and Oracle.
According to a report by Gartner, new license sales of relational databases fell by $495 million bringing the total size of the market down to $6.6 billion. IBM led the field accounting for 36.2 per cent of all newly-generated revenues, followed by Oracle with 33.9 per cent.
But Microsoft share of the pie also grew a dramatic 17 per cent, which means it hoovered up 18 per cent share of new sales as a result of “cost-consciousness among enterprises and the improved scalability” of SQL Server.
The report, however, attributed Big Blue’s leading position to strong DB2 sales on non-distributed platforms such as the mainframe and to a 20 per cent fall in new license revenues by Oracle.
“Strong growth on DB2 for the Zseries [mainframe] compensated for a double-digit decline on DB2 for the iSeries [formerly known as the AS/400] and kept IBM’s new license revenue flat in 2002. The former Informix RDBMS products declined by 33 per cent overall, which likely reflects IBM’s plan to encourage Informix customers to migrate to DB2,” it said.
But the situation is different if sales on only Unix and Windows are taken into account. Oracle sold almost 43 per cent of all new licenses here, beating Big Blue by 18 per cent, which gave it a 24 per cent share of new sales.