Sybase Puts Linux Database on IBMs OpenPower Platform

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2004-11-30 Print this article Print

Updated: Sybase has hooked up with IBM to put ASE on IBM's Linux-tuned eServer OpenPower-based systems, in a move that will help push IBM further into financial services.

Sybase Inc. has hooked up with IBM to put Sybases relational database, ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise), on IBMs Linux-tuned eServer OpenPower-based systems, the company announced on Tuesday. ASE for Linux will run on IBMs Power5 microprocessor-based servers, which are tuned specifically for Linux environments.
The companies are planning to jointly sell and market ASE worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the financial services industry.
According to David Jacobson, senior director of product marketing for Sybases data management and tools product lines, the partnership will provide 24x7 support, backed by more than 1,000 Linux experts. Jacobson described the partnership as Sybases response to a surprising surge in customer demand for products running on Linux—which he said is in itself a response to dire economic straits. "Its been a pretty tough economy over the past few years," said Jacobson, in Dublin, Calif. "Most customers have been forced to substantially reduce their costs. IT reductions have to be done, but they cant bring additional risks to their IT environments. Risk is out of the question." Read more here about IBMs Linux-only server line. Jacobson said the IBM-Sybase partnership is geared toward providing IT cost savings without incurring risk. Noel Yuhanna, an analyst at Forrester Research, agreed that the partnership will answer the growing demand for running secure, lower-cost scenarios with databases on Linux. "Linux is good in environments, but enterprises are wanting reliable solutions on Linux," said Yuhanna, in Santa Clara, Calif. "The maturity of Linux is not there yet. Having the combination of multiple vendors as a solution helps customers in both cost savings and reliability." As far as cost savings go, the partnership is geared toward threatening two of Sybases RDBMS (relational database management system) rivals: Microsoft Corp., with its combination of SQL Server running on Windows, and Oracle Corp., with its combination of Oracle databases on Linux running on Dell Inc. servers. "Microsoft, they dropped support for [Windows] NT," Jacobson said. "Were seeing a lot of customers interested in migrating to Sybase. "Lastly, with Oracle, anybody who pays 38 percent more for a database will pay 38 percent more for service and support." Next Page: Running faster at a lower cost?

Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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