On the back of an impressive set of second-quarter figures, Oracle chief executive Larry Ellison claimed his firm will soon overtake "vulnerable" rival HP in the server market.
Speaking on a webcast, Ellison (pictured) outlined Oracle's plans to be the world's biggest manufacturer of high-end servers.
"We are not interested in the low-margin, commodity segment of the server business," he added.
He explained that Oracle is currently number three in the market, behind leader IBM and second-placed HP. Ellison acknowledged that Big Blue's "hardware and software technology is quite competitive", but was highly dismissive of HP's offering. The Oracle chief added that he expected his firm would soon oust HP from second place and begin battling for top spot.
"HP's big servers are slow, expensive and have very little in the way of software value-add – that makes [HP] extremely vulnerable to market share loss," he said. "The new generation of Sun machines will enable us to win significant share in the high-end server market and put us into the number two position very, very soon. Then, we will hunker down with IBM for the number one spot."
Oracle's Q2 figures gave Ellison no cause to rein in his hubris, with revenues up 47 per cent year on year to almost $8.6bn (£5.5bn). Operating profit for the three months to the end of November rose 27 per cent to $2.77bn.
The vendor's new-found hardware business chipped in revenues of $1.75bn, 20 per cent of the total. But existing revenue streams displayed healthy organic growth, with software sales up 15 per cent annually to $5.64bn and services turnover rising 24 per cent to about $1.2bn.
Recently appointed Oracle president Mark Hurd claimed growth was also apportioned nicely between various vertical, horizontal and geographical markets.
"The deal volume was spread across companies of all sizes and we had a very healthy number of wins in the public sector as well," he explained. "The strength in the quarter was very broad-based."
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