Sybase Woos Linux Users

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2003-07-21 Print this article Print

Sybase Inc. is enhancing its appeal to Linux aficionados with the announcement of a Linux Competency Center.

Sybase Inc. is enhancing its appeal to Linux aficionados with the announcement of a Linux Competency Center, a Linux professional services practice and record test results for its Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 database running on Linux.

Mounting interest in Linux created the need for a center where customers can witness and tinker with enterprise solutions development, testing and the trouble-shooting of Sybase technology on Linux, including database, mobile and business intelligence applications, officials said.

The Linux Competency Center, in New York, will also provide customers with on-site support for migration to Linux.

Bill Marshall, director of marketing at Securify Inc., a Mountain View, Calif., ISV that makes network security management software and that plans to demonstrate its software at the center, said the facility would be a critical resource as the Linux kernel continues to evolve.

"Linux is continuing to evolve, so ... having an area where [customers] can see the latest and greatest is an advantage to us," Marshall said.

Sybase, of Dublin, Calif., last week reported that ASE 12.5 had achieved more than 54,000 order processing transactions per minute on a system using three Intel Corp. Xeon 2GHz processors.

In related news, Sybase has partnered with Red Hat Inc., of Raleigh, N.C., and certified its data management systems on Red Hat Enterprise Linux, the companies announced.

In addition to the ASE 12.5 database, several Sybase products have been Red Hat certified. These include Sybases Open Client 12.5, a programming interface that allows access to any data source, information application or system service; Replication Server 12.5 for Linux, an architecture for building distributed databases; and Open Server 12.5, an API that provides a gateway to access data from heterogeneous systems.

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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