Sybase Moves ASE Database to the Mac

By Matthew Hicks  |  Posted 2002-05-15 Print this article Print

Sybase sees a need for a Macintosh version of Adaptive Server Enterprise in the publishing, science and education markets.

On the same day Apple Computer Inc. introduced its Xserve server line, the Cupertino, Calif., computer maker gained some additional enterprise support from Sybase Corp. and its relational database software. Sybase Tuesday announced that it would ship a version of its Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 for the Mac OS X in the third quarter of this year. The move is a follow-up to a January announcement where Sybase indicated it was working on a Mac version. Sybase isnt stopping just with OS support. Its ASE database also will support applications developed in Apples WebObject development framework, said Tom Traubitz, senior marketing manager for ASE, in Dublin, Calif.
"We saw a market need that could be jointly served by our customers, and this was a technological need that fitted well with Sybase," he said.
Sybase is targeting the Mac version of ASE to customers in the publishing and content management, science and biotechnology, and educational markets, Traubitz said. Pricing for the Mac version has not been set, but Traubitz said that it would be comparable to pricing for ASE on other platforms such as Microsoft Windows. While customers could run ASE without Apples new Xserve, Traubitz said the Mac OS version of ASE would "primarily serve the kind of customer who would use the Xserve." In particular, he said, the Xserve adds high-bandwidth I/O handling that is important for running enterprise-class databases.
Matthew Hicks As an online reporter for, Matt Hicks covers the fast-changing developments in Internet technologies. His coverage includes the growing field of Web conferencing software and services. With eight years as a business and technology journalist, Matt has gained insight into the market strategies of IT vendors as well as the needs of enterprise IT managers. He joined Ziff Davis in 1999 as a staff writer for the former Strategies section of eWEEK, where he wrote in-depth features about corporate strategies for e-business and enterprise software. In 2002, he moved to the News department at the magazine as a senior writer specializing in coverage of database software and enterprise networking. Later that year Matt started a yearlong fellowship in Washington, DC, after being awarded an American Political Science Association Congressional Fellowship for Journalist. As a fellow, he spent nine months working on policy issues, including technology policy, in for a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives. He rejoined Ziff Davis in August 2003 as a reporter dedicated to online coverage for Along with Web conferencing, he follows search engines, Web browsers, speech technology and the Internet domain-naming system.

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