Sybase to provide free Linux enterprise-class database for production use

Source: Sybase

Sybase, Inc. (NYSE:SY), a leading provider of enterprise infrastructure and wireless software, today deepened its commitment to the Linux community with the availability of the first free deployment version of an enterprise-class Linux database-Sybase(R) Adaptive Server(R) Enterprise (ASE) Express Edition for Linux.

Now, enterprises, the developer community, and small businesses will be able to build, test and deploy new applications with no license fee, allowing them to experience the substantial performance and cost-savings benefits of Sybase ASE on Linux, recognized as the "Best Linux Database" in the 2003 LinuxWorld Magazine Readers Choice Awards and as the low TCO leader over Oracle, IBM and Microsoft by the Standish Group.

"Sybase ASE on Linux offers the best of both worlds for any organization," said Dr. Raj Nathan senior vice president, Information Technology and Solutions Group, Sybase. "Combining ASE's overall power and ease of use with Linux running on industry-standard hardware results in unbeatably low TCO. With Sybase ASE Express Edition for Linux, we open up these benefits to a vast new ecosystem of enterprises, developers, software vendors and systems integrators and share the risk with our customers and partners as they develop and test experimental concepts and exciting new applications."

"mLogica is seeing a growing demand for migration from other database platforms to Sybase ASE on Linux, for both improved performance and lower costs," said Amit Okhandiar, president of mLogica, Inc. "A recent client was running high volume transactions and queries over the Internet on a Microsoft SQL Server and Windows NT environment and was suffering severe performance issues. Based on their long-term requirements for scalability, high performance, security and high availability, we migrated them to Sybase ASE on Linux and initial results show their performance improvement has increased by at least ten fold. In addition, by using our mSecure, our monitoring and systems management solution for ASE on Linux, the customer was also able to significantly reduce system and database administrative costs."

Sybase ASE has demonstrated superior performance on Linux in transaction-heavy environments like financial services, where reliability, security and high availability are critical. Sybase ASE's open standards-based technology make integration and migration particularly easy, further reducing risk and costs. Unlike open source databases, Sybase ASE Express Edition for Linux is industrial-strength, is consistently enhanced with cutting-edge functionality, is free from complex licensing issues and will not pose unexpected integration problems. Companies including Anvil, Dresdener Kleinwort Wasserstein (DKW), Global Card Services, Iroquois Gas Transmission System, L.P., Manitoba Family Services and Housing, Reuters, Securify and Veritas, make Sybase ASE on Linux their RDBMS of choice.

"This is a bold move that could significantly entice Linux developers to make Sybase their choice for new development and deployment," said Gerald Kerr, senior research advisor for The Standish Group. "We have consistently found that Sybase ASE running on Linux offers the lowest TCO of any high-performance database platform-over Oracle, IBM or Microsoft. Sybase ASE Express Edition for Linux deepens this value proposition by eliminating license fees, and helping to give Sybase access to new markets among both developers and enterprises."

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