Oracle Corp. announced strong momentum for Oracle9i Application Server, as validated by numerous third-party research reports. These reports demonstrate the growing presence and strength Oracle9i Application Server (Oracle9iAS) holds in the application server market, which analyst firm IDC projects to reach $4.4 billion by 2006.

Reports from IDC, the International Oracle Users Group (IOUG), other leading analyst firms and a rapidly growing customer base confirm that Oracle9iAS is the fastest growing product in the application server market. Oracle9iAS is the first application server to integrate Java 2 Enterprise Edition (J2EE), portal, workflow, integration and other middleware features into a single product. Oracle's application server has gained tremendous momentum in the past year with enterprise companies looking to leverage one product for the development, deployment and management of Java and Web services applications. The tight integration with the Oracle database further attracts long-time Oracle customers who have previously had to look to BEA and IBM for their application server needs.

"Given that the large majority of application servers access data from Oracle databases, Oracle seems particularly well positioned to pose a competitive threat to the two market leaders," said Michele Rosen, IDC Analyst, in the firm's recently released "2001 Worldwide Application Server Forecast." The report notes that Oracle9i Application Server has 12 percent market share – the third highest in the industry – and has grown its revenue 56 percent since last year, which is more than any vendor in the application server arena.

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