Sybase wants to challenge the capabilities of Oracle's Real
Application Clusters feature with Adaptive Server Enterprise
Sybase is challenging Oracle's Real Application Clusters feature with some
clustering technology of its own.
The latest version of the company's Adaptive Server Enterprise product,
Cluster Edition, aims squarely at Oracle
by attempting to cut the complexity associated with deploying a database
application across a shared-disk server cluster.
The product utilizes new technology the company calls Virtualized Resource
Management, which Sybase officials said eases the configuration and deployment
of workloads across cluster nodes and provides a logical view of physical
cluster resources that can be dynamically changed by the user.
Cluster Edition implements a
shared-disk cluster architecture like Oracle
but the key difference is the way that we've implemented it; in particular, the
way we've implemented the management interface and some of the technology
underlying that," said David Jonker, senior product marketing manager for the
Rather than rely only on database sessions for workload management,
CE's Virtual Resource Management technology abstracts the physical cluster into
logical units, taking into account both database sessions and other cluster
parameters, according to Sybase officials.
"You can take resources from each of the physical nodes within the cluster
and add it to this logical cluster, and it's got its own set of resources and
it's got its own rules for failover; it's got its own rules for load balancing,"
Users can effectively create different service levels for their applications
all within the cluster and then manage them through one interface, he added.
"We've built in this capability where ... you can say, -at 4 p.m., I want to
take this node offline. So make sure all of the connections are migrated off of
that node by 4 p.m.,' Jonker said. The software will start working
through those processes so that users can actually take it
offline and maintain it, he said.
"Once that maintenance is done, you can actually bring that node back online
and the connections will actually slowly migrate over," he said.
At the TechWave conference last year, Sybase CEO John Chen declared that the
OLTP database market had been decided, and said the company would seek to
differentiate itself by focusing on technology. Revenue from the company's
database business grew 16 percent year-over-year for the fourth quarter,
according to the company's latest earnings report.
Although the company's share of the database market is small compared to
Oracle, IBM and Microsoft, promises of high-availability in the new version of
ASE may propel Sybase further in the market, Forrester Research analyst Noel
"ASE Cluster Edition puts [Sybase] ahead of Microsoft and IBM in high
availability, which clearly reflects a strong commitment by Sybase to increase
its adoption and meet growing customer requirements," Yuhanna said.
"Enterprises want zero downtime. Oracle RAC and Sybase ASE Cluster Edition
are the only two solutions on the distributed platform" that offer tight
integration with the database management system, he said.
"The need for high availability to support critical applications is
important, and Sybase ASE Cluster Edition clearly makes a strong case for a
must have functionality," he said.
The Cluster Edition is available for ASE 15.0.1 on RedHat Enterprise Linux
4, 5 (X86-64), SuSE Linux 9, 10 (X86-64), and 64-bit Solaris SPARC 8, 9 and 10.