Faster, Lower Cost

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

?"> Jacobson claimed that OpenPower machines run between 15 percent and 50 percent faster than Dells 64-bit, four-way server boxes, "depending on which tests you look at," and that OpenPower machines cost 15 percent less, to boot. Of course, IBM, in addition to partnering with Sybase, is also an RDBMS rival of the companys with its DB2 Universal Database. Gary Schneider, director of Linux and DB2 information management at IBM, called the partnership a "powerful thing" for IBMs Server group, regardless of whether customers choose to run IBM or Sybase databases.
"In my opinion, its Sybases attempt to fend off threats from Microsoft as they try to scale up into the Solaris environment," said Schneider, in Somers, N.Y. "They want to protect their installed base. They see that Linux is the future. As opposed to whom they partner with."
Besides, the competition between ASE and DB2 wont abate, Schneider said. "That battle will continue," he said. "The important thing to remember is that DB2, with [Version 8.2], we exploited a lot of the Linux kernel features. "Were the first database for Linux on OpenPower. … Its a good move for the IBM Server team," Schneider said. "We look forward to having lots of competitive fights with them." While Sybase, of Dublin, Calif., has long had only modest RDBMS (relational database management system) market share, the financial services sector is one market in which it shines. It is also a market in which IBM has been evincing interest for some time. The company launched an initiative in January 2003 to fine-tune grid offerings for various vertical industries, including financial services. Since then, it has been touting its grid management capabilities in helping banks to perform high-performance computing for tasks such as market modeling. To read more about IBMs claim to the title of financial services grid king, click here. "IBM is committed to providing customers with Linux solutions that help them achieve peak performance with a low total cost of ownership," said Per Larsen, vice president for eServer pSeries at IBM, in a release. Sybase ASE for Linux on IBM OpenPower will be available in the first quarter of 2005. Editors Note: This story was updated to include information and comments from Sybase and IBM officials. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.

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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