Eye on Oracle

May 28 2013   5:00PM GMT

Server revenue down overall; Oracle server hardware loses share

Mark Fontecchio Mark Fontecchio Profile: Mark Fontecchio


Gartner reported server revenue and shipment numbers today, and the numbers don’t look good for Oracle server hardware. Here’s a look at revenue, first off:

Oracle has dropped from the fourth spot last year to the fifth, behind Fujitsu, this year. Gartner reported that x86 server revenue was flat, while Unix servers dropped off a cliff 36% in revenue. Since Oracle is focusing on high-end Sparc Unix servers and appliances, it makes sense that its number suffered. And now for shipments:

As you can see, Oracle isn’t even on the chart. Again no surprise, since the company is de-emphasizing volume commodity servers. Any way you cut it, however, the numbers don’t look good for Oracle. At the company’s most recent quarterly earnings call, executives said it barely missed closing some deal in the last quarter. We’ll see if the numbers rebound, but generally they’ve been on a pace downward.

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