Eye on Oracle

Feb 28 2011   4:58PM GMT

Oracle’s server hardware revenue, shipments in free fall

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio

Gartner’s recent server numbers for the fourth quarter of 2010 show a stark difference between Oracle and the rest of the major server hardware vendors. Just about everyone else’s revenue is rising while Oracle’s continues to drop.

According to the research firm, Oracle’s server hardware revenue and shipments both dropped double digits. Here’s a quick graph:

Revenue Shipments
IBM 26.4% 3.8%
HP 12.8% 6.9%
Dell 26.4% 6.3%
Oracle -16.2% -40.8%
Fujitsu -0.5% 12.4%
Other Vendors 15.8% 12.1%
Total 16.4% 6.5%

As we’ve written before, it’s difficult to gauge exactly how Oracle is doing until it has had a full year with Sun Microsystems under its helm. But it’s safe to say that Oracle has a lot of climbing to do if it expects to challenge IBM, HP and Dell in the server hardware realm. Its market share has dwindled both in terms of revenue and shipments.

This reminds me of when I used to write about the IBM i, previously called the AS/400 and the iSeries. In the last few years, while every other server hardware was seeing revenue increases at IBM (including x86, Power and mainframes), the IBM i continued to drop and drop and drop.

It looks pretty ugly.

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