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Re: Oracle to buy Sun

From: Greg Smith <gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com>
To: Melanie <melanie(at)dunslane(dot)net>
Cc: Peter Eisentraut <peter_e(at)gmx(dot)net>, pgsql-advocacy(at)postgresql(dot)org, Gabriele Bartolini <gabriele(dot)bartolini(at)2ndquadrant(dot)it>
Subject: Re: Oracle to buy Sun
Date: 2009-04-20 18:31:49
Message-ID: alpine.GSO.2.01.0904201332120.26346@westnet.com (view raw or flat)
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On Mon, 20 Apr 2009, Melanie wrote:

> not sure opensource database like PostgreSQL would suffice to say Oracle 
> doesn't have a monopoly.

Adding MySQL to Oracle's market share is barely moving it.  Oracle's big 
competitors are IBM and Microsoft.  According to 
http://www.reuters.com/article/rbssTechMediaTelecomNews/idUSN2634118720080826 
at the end of 2007 it was:

Oracle:  48.6%
IBM:  20.7%
Microsoft:  18.1%

That puts everybody else combined at less than 16%, so at best Oracle 
could finally reach a majority of sales here, far from a monopoly.  Looks 
like MySQL yearly sales are expected to be in the $75-$120M range for 2009 
(based on 2008 figures and an excellent fiscal Q1), which gives them a 
4-7% market share.  They're somewhat evasive about that on their site, the 
MySQL provided figures I saw were talking about market share among 
open-source OS deployments instead.

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* Greg Smith gsmith(at)gregsmith(dot)com http://www.gregsmith.com Baltimore, MD

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