Sybase Teams Up With HP
Sybase database software to be bundled with HP servers running Intel and Alpha processors.Sybase Inc. and Hewlett-Packard Co. today announced that they will prepackage Sybases Adaptive Server Enterpriserelational database management system running under the HP-UX or Red Hat Linux operating system on HP Itanium 2-based servers. Sybase is also planning to roll out a version of ASE that runs on HPs forthcoming EV7 processor-based AlphaServer systemsa move that will provide new options for HP Tru64 Unix customers to extend current installations or to power new solutions. Sybase executives arent releasing prices yet and said that the Itanium 2-based system packages will be available in 2003. "Were being cautious with setting expectations too quickly around the Itanium chip, because of the relative newness of systems on a mission-critical scale that are using that chip," said Rick Linden, product manager of Sybases Enterprise Solutions Division, in Dublin, Calif.
The fact that many Sybase customers are inquiring about 64-bit support on the Itanium prompted the company to announce its commitment to the technology, Linden said. Many customers are looking at migrating to 64-bit technology because it will allow them to leverage memory above 4 gigabytesan attractive option, he said, since "memory is significantly less expensive than it used to be."