The fact Oracle's (ORCL) hardware product sales fell 23% Y/Y each of the last 2 quarters, and is...

|By:, SA News Editor

The fact Oracle's (ORCL) hardware product sales fell 23% Y/Y each of the last 2 quarters, and is expected to fall 13%-23% in this one, isn't stopping it from issuing a hype-filled PR to introduce its latest SPARC M5 and T5 servers. According to Oracle, the M5-32 is "up to 10x faster than previous generations," and the T5-8 offers "a 12x cost performance advantage" over IBM's Power 780 servers (Big Blue will undoubtedly differ). Though many of Oracle's engineered system lines (based on Intel Xeon CPUs) have shown decent growth, demand for SPARC systems (based on proprietary CPUs) has been nosediving.