Sybase Inc. has hooked up with IBM to put Sybases relational database, ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise), on IBMs Linux-tuned eServer OpenPower-based systems, the company announced on Tuesday.
ASE for Linux will run on IBMs Power5 microprocessor-based servers, which are tuned specifically for Linux environments.
The companies are planning to jointly sell and market ASE worldwide, with a particular emphasis on the financial services industry.
According to David Jacobson, senior director of product marketing for Sybases data management and tools product lines, the partnership will provide 24x7 support, backed by more than 1,000 Linux experts.
Jacobson described the partnership as Sybases response to a surprising surge in customer demand for products running on Linux—which he said is in itself a response to dire economic straits.
"Its been a pretty tough economy over the past few years," said Jacobson, in Dublin, Calif. "Most customers have been forced to substantially reduce their costs. IT reductions have to be done, but they cant bring additional risks to their IT environments. Risk is out of the question."
Jacobson said the IBM-Sybase partnership is geared toward providing IT cost savings without incurring risk. Noel Yuhanna, an analyst at Forrester Research, agreed that the partnership will answer the growing demand for running secure, lower-cost scenarios with databases on Linux.
"Linux is good in environments, but enterprises are wanting reliable solutions on Linux," said Yuhanna, in Santa Clara, Calif. "The maturity of Linux is not there yet. Having the combination of multiple vendors as a solution helps customers in both cost savings and reliability."
As far as cost savings go, the partnership is geared toward threatening two of Sybases RDBMS (relational database management system) rivals: Microsoft Corp., with its combination of SQL Server running on Windows, and Oracle Corp., with its combination of Oracle databases on Linux running on Dell Inc. servers.
"Microsoft, they dropped support for [Windows] NT," Jacobson said. "Were seeing a lot of customers interested in migrating to Sybase.
"Lastly, with Oracle, anybody who pays 38 percent more for a database will pay 38 percent more for service and support."