T5 may be Oracle's last hardware hurrah (RISC is 154,870 of 9,500,000servers shipped)
"Here's a bit of an eye-opener for you. The high-end server market is tiny compared to the PC consumer space, and the RISC market SPARC plays in is a tiny fraction of that. 9.5 million x86 servers shipped in 2012. The number of RISC servers (including IBM's Power, Itanium, and SPARC): 154,870. In such a small market, it's a little surprising to see Oracle attempting to destroy HP's Itanium business or IBM slamming Oracle's benchmark claims for the T5."
"If the situation doesn't change soon, T5 may be Oracle's last hardware hurrah. The company has been de-emphasizing x86 sales in favor of pushing its own proprietary solutions -- and that's obviously not working."
Oracle Announces New T5 CPUs, But SPARC Fading From The Market
Wednesday, March 27, 2013 - by Joel Hruska
Risc/Mainframe vendors have never sold many units, the vertically integrated vendors make their money on the whole package, servers, software, support etc. It all adds up to billions. Mainframes kept IBM afloat for over 50 years, Sparc the same for Sun for about 15.