The Market Batteground
Tim mentions that with Oracle’s steady lead (41%) in the database wars, maybe Oracle doesn’t need to worry. He points out though that microsoft, while enjoying a lower market share, is growing at 28% of over 2005 and may pass DB2 in the market.
Tim didn’t even mention open source databases though. Just this week, DBA Village, an Oracle forum/news site, had a poll asking which database most people thought Oracle should worry most about. Now, while this is an unscientific poll and could be impacted by “DB pride”, I think it is interesting that the question was asked and that MySQL and EnterpriseDB/PostgreSQL both made the list. That shows that the Oracle community is asking itself if they need to be concerned.
The poll results, by the way, as of tonight, is:
Which database do you consider the biggest threat for Oracle?
With 342 responses so far:
- EnterpriseDB/PostgreSQL: 34%
- SQL Server: 28%
- DB2: 13%
- MySql: 11%
- No idea: 10%
- Other: 3%
These results are not really meaningful in the overall scheme of things but the question is out there. I’m waiting to see how Oracle answers.
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