SAP Database Options Grow

SAP and Sybase are partnering to integrate Business One with ASE.

SAP AG is using partnerships with Sybase Inc. and MySQL AB to give users of its business software more database options.

SAP and Sybase look to attract more small and midsize businesses with the announcement last week of a partnership that will combine SAPs applications with Sybases relational DBMS.

Under the agreement, SAP, of Walldorf, Germany, will integrate its Business One suite with Sybases ASE (Adaptive Server Enterprise) database software. Sybase, of Dublin, Calif., will also work with SAP to develop and market new mobile and wireless software for Business One customers. The new software will be geared toward specific vertical industries—financial services, health care, insurance and telecommunications, said officials from both companies. The combined Business One and ASE product will be available in the second quarter of next year.

Separately, MySQL, of Uppsala, Sweden, last week rolled out MaxDB, an open-source database certified to run at organizations with large installations of the MySAP ERP (enterprise resource planning) suite. The database also works in other multifaceted application deployments, according to MySQL officials.

MySQL took over development of SAP DB, the application developers open-source database, in May. MaxDB 7.5, as the software is being called to mirror the version numbering of SAP DB, supports new features such as snapshots, archive tables and MaxDB replication.

To promote interoperability and allow SAP users to build new applications and transfer data between MaxDB and MySQL databases, MySQL last week also released an alpha development version of a MySQL Proxy program. "Were providing a path for people to use [MaxDB and MySQL] in concert or form applications [that connect] one to another," said MySQL CEO Marten Mickos.

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