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SuSE in Tech Pact with Sybase Firm

German Linux distributor SuSE Monday said it has struck a technology alliance with iAnywhere Solutions a subsidiary of Sybase .

The two companies say they will optimize SQL Anywhere Studio for SuSE Linux Enterprise Server 8. The partnership lets SuSE customers to use SQL Anywhere Studio to create database-powered applications as an alternative to offerings from the Oracle , Red Hat coalition.

The platform is targeted towards mobile, embedded and small to medium sized business environments through Sybase's various services such as AvantGo, the company's mobile Internet service.

"Linux has become increasingly important for medium-sized firms and large corporations due to the cost benefits it provides and its efficiency," iAnywhere Manager of Strategic Projects Mike Darabos said in a statement. "Partnering with SuSE will help iAnywhere Solutions to reach an even broader base within this growing community of Linux developers."

In addition to iAnywhere Solutions, SuSE says it has wide support for Enterprise Server 8, including AMD, Borland, Computer Associates, Fujitsu Siemens Computers, Fujitsu Japan, Hewlett-Packard, IBM, Intel, NEC, Progress Software and SAP.

"With SQL Anywhere Studio, our customers now have access to one of the market leading solutions for mobile data management," said SuSE chief alliance officer Uwe Heine. "As a result, these companies can take advantage of new opportunities for realizing technically advanced and innovative solutions under a secure and flexible server operating system."

iAnywhere currently boasts more than 12,000 customers worldwide.