The Independent Oracle Users Group (IOUG) released a comprehensive survey of the Oracle database market named "Up and Down the Technology Stack, IOUG Survey on Technologies for 2006 and Beyond." The email-based survey was conducted in January and February of 2006 and was sent to 14,500 IOUG members that are database administrators, developers, technicians and managers working in IT departments that run Oracle databases. 812 usable returns formed the foundation for the survey findings.

The findings cover a range of interest areas including deployment of Oracle database versions and other databases within the Oracle market, the size of those databases, development tools and languages currently in use, operating systems and infrastructure in place and forecast, the state of grid and multiprocessor adoption, middleware deployment, application servers and analytical tools, as well as enterprise applications installed.

The survey tracks the transformation of the Oracle database market in terms of the underlying server operating with the year 2007 projected to be the time when Linux surpasses Sun's Solaris operating systems as the leading server operating system supporting Oracle databases. This forecast development marks a definitive tipping point for Linux and away from Unix as the dominant server operating system for Oracle databases and is the first broadly based survey to document the timing and magnitude of Linux' emergence as the premier server operating systems supporting Oracle databases.

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