Increasing focus at Oracle; also see Oracle Posts Solid Gains in a Sector in Turmoil (NYT)
Those high-margin products include Oracle's Exadata and Exalogic servers and high-end SPARC servers. "We had growth in the core SPARC product line," said Co-President Mark Hurd on the earnings call. He noted that hardware gross margins in the quarter increased to 54 percent from 48 percent in last year's first quarter, a number he said Oracle focuses on more than changes in hardware sales.
"I don't care if our commodity x86 [server] business goes to zero," Ellison said. "We don't make any money selling those things. Sun sold that stuff and we are phasing out that business."