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Gartner: Database Market Stable, With High Linux Hot Spot

The overall market for relational databases was nearly flat for 2003, according to new Gartner Dataquest numbers.

The overall market for relational databases was nearly flat for 2003, excluding the impact of currency conversion, according to new Gartner Dataquest numbers.

Factoring in currency shifts, the total market grew 5 percent to $7.1 billion from $6.7 billion as measured by new license sales.

In the overall market, IBM (including its Informix offerings) held on to the top market-share slot at 35.7 percent share, or 5 percent growth. Gartner attributed most of that to strong sales into the iSeries (aka AS/400) and mainframe base.

Oracle placed second overall at 32.6 percent market share, a 2.4 percent increase year over year. Microsoft was third at 18.1 percent share and 11.1 percent growth.

The Linux market posted huge gains, albeit off a small base. The overall Linux RDBMS market grew 158 percent to $300 million in new license revenue from $116 million in 2002.

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