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Jul 22 2010   2:21PM GMT

Bad news on Oracle-Sun hardware continues

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Almost half of Oracle-Sun hardware customers are leaving the platform or considering it, according to a recent survey.

TheInfoPro will release its latest server survey results next month, and the results don’t bode well for Oracle-Sun server hardware. According to the survey of 252 server pros, 21% of Oracle-Sun hardware customers are planning to leave Oracle-Sun for a competitor, with another 26% considering it.

We have documented Oracle-Sun’s hardware woes thus far, and they haven’t been pretty. Though interest in Oracle’s Exadata Version 2 is booming, the fact is that Oracle’s rosy picture of the Sun acquisition isn’t so rosy. For one, Gartner recently reported that Oracle-Sun’s server hardware sales were nosediving.

The results from TheInfoPro also indicate customers’ disenchantment with Oracle software. According to the survey, 18% of end users are considering switching, with the highest cited reasons being poor strategic management, competitive positioning, weakened sales-force quality and low-functioning tech support.

I have spoken to several end users who, despite being big Oracle shops, are still continuing their migration off Sun hardware. Oftentimes they’re moving to commodity x86 hardware on Linux. If that happens to be your case, let us know why you’re doing it, either in the comments or by writing directly to me.

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