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Dec 2 2010   2:41PM GMT

Gartner: Oracle only major server vendor to see drop in revenue, but who cares?

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

According to the most recent Gartner worldwide server numbers, Oracle was the only major server vendor to see a year-over-year server revenue drop in the third calendar quarter. Take a look:

Table 1
Worldwide: Server Vendor Revenue Estimates, 3Q10 (U.S. Dollars)

Company

3Q10

Revenue

3Q10 Market Share (%)

3Q09

Revenue

3Q09 Market Share (%)

3Q09-3Q10 Growth (%)

HP

3,942,615,230

32.1

3,219,767,761

30.2

22.5

IBM

3,717,419,666

30.2

3,383,768,798

31.7

9.9

Dell

1,789,631,319

14.6

1,424,751,880

13.4

25.6

Fujitsu

582,244,543

4.7

553,406,410

5.2

5.2

Oracle

763,964,420

6.2

784,566,516

7.4

-2.6

Other Vendors

1,493,629,820

12.2

1,296,196,855

12.2

15.2

Total

12,289,504,997

100.0

10,662,458,221

100.0

15.3

It’s important to realize that Oracle hasn’t even owned Sun Microsystems for a year yet, so perhaps it is unfair at the moment to harp on Oracle for revenue mostly related to Sun. At the same time, Oracle has been pushing its Exadata Version 2 platform for over a year now. Apparently that hasn’t yet translated into enough sales to actually improve the company’s server revenue.

I’m not sure Oracle cares about this, though. Oracle is concerned more with profit margins than with overall server revenue. I’m sure Oracle execs will let HP and Dell sell their billions of dollars worth of pizza-box x86 servers with tiny profit margins, while they rake in the dough with sales on Exadata and big box Unix servers, where profit margin is much larger.

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