Sybase is offering a free version of its leading enterprise database management system for Linux.
Sybase Inc. this week released Adaptive Server Enterprise Express Edition for Linux, a free version of its enterprise-class database for deployment on Linux systems.
Sybase ASE has been available on Linux since 1999, making Sybase one of the first first-tier DBMS vendors to embrace Linux.
Sybase hopes the new promotion will attract enterprises, the developer community and small businesses to Sybase ASE on Linux.
"Sybase ASE on Linux offers the best of both worlds for any organization," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president of Sybases Information Technology and Solutions Group, in a statement. "Combining ASEs overall power and ease of use with Linux running on industry-standard hardware results in unbeatably low TCO."
ASE Express Edition isnt a full-up enterprise DBMS since its limited to use of one CPU, 5GB of data storage and 2GB of RAM, but thats sufficient for many departmental and small business uses. Its minimum requirements are a 230MHz Pentium-II and a Linux kernel 2.4.10 or higher.
While the DBMS runs on Linux, it is not open source and therefore cannot be freely distributed.
The free version, a 254MB download, is currently available from Sybases Linux promotion page. Support plans, including telephone support and named support contacts, are available starting at $2200 per year.
In related news, IBM on Thursday released the latest version of its flagship DBMS, code-named Stinger, which also runs on Linux.
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