WSJ.com - IBM Tops Oracle In Database Market Share: Analyst "International Business Machines Corp. (IBM) stole the relational database market crown from Oracle Corp. (ORCL) last year as its business survived the downturn better than its Silicon Valley rival, one market research firm found.
However, Oracle held onto its advantage in the market for database software running on Unix and Windows machines, according to Gartner Dataquest. Database software acts as a digital filing cabinet, storing and retrieving numerical and other information kept in computers.
IBM's share of the market climbed to 36% last year from 34% in 2001. Sales, including mainframe products, fell 0.8% in 2002, but Oracle's business tumbled a larger 21%.
The greater decline led Oracle's share to slip to 34% from 40%, Gartner Dataquest said. Still, Oracle maintained 43% of the market for database software running on Unix, Windows and Linux computers. IBM had 24% of this market while Microsoft Corp. (MSFT) won 23%.
Microsoft's SQL Server expanded its lead as the most widely used database on Windows machines with 45% of the market, up from 39% last year. Oracle had 27% of this market, while IBM had 22%.
Overall, the database sales fell almost 7% last year, Gartner Dataquest found."
Maybe IBM will buy Sybase so they can be "number one" again next year...