Archive for April, 2012

Oracle hardware sales fall 16%

April 28th, 2012

According to recent financial results published by Oracle, their hardware sales fell 16% in the quarter ending 20th February 2012. While Oracle’s total revenue rose by 3% for the quarter, up to $9 billion. Some the hardware sales decline can be attributed to Oracle’s decision to move away from being a commodity box shifter to focus on high margin ‘engineered systems’ which combines Sun hardware and Oracle software in one ‘stack’; one such product is Exadata.

Canny procurement people can use the hardware sales falls as a way of pressuring Oracle sales people to give greater discount on their hardware as the pressure to sell more must be intense within Oracle.

Oracle beats third quarter estimates with strong software sales

April 17th, 2012

 Larry Ellison is still on target for World domination; or at least for a large slice of the IT pie.

Oracle Corporation reported revenues of $9.1bn for the third fiscal quarter, up 3% from the same period the year before, beating analysts’ expectations. Oracle said software license revenues rose 7% to $2.4bn, while analysts expected only 3% growth for the quarter. Software license updates and product support revenues were up 8% to $4.1bn, but hardware systems product revenues were down 16% to $869m.

EDF signs £100m datacentre deal with Atos

April 10th, 2012

Can you believe it; people are still signing ten year deals!

Energy company EDF has signed a £100m 10-year deal with Atos to provide datacentre services.  The contract is intended to consolidate EDF Energy’s datacentre infrastructure and cut costs by more than 20% over the next decade. Atos will provide EDF Energy with additional datacentre capacity to meet increased demand. It will rationalise the existing datacentre facilities, by introducing services from its global network of datacentres. It will also improve service resilience.  

Ten years is a really long time in the IT industry; I just hope EDF negotiated a great contract that include year-on-year innovation, technology improvements and cost reductions.