Oracle: IBM DB2 is Behind the Times

IBM DB2 is only popular on mainframes…which is only used by your father!” That was Oracle Chairman and CEO Larry Ellison’s response to a report that Big Blue’s database-management software is gaining market share over Oracle. A recent Gartner Dataquest study ranked IBM ahead of Oracle in the highly competitive DBMS market. The report, which Oracle has since disputed, found that the Redwood Shores, Calif.-based company had slipped to second place in the overall database market in 2001, with a market share of about 32 percent, versus IBM’s 34.6 percent.


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