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Sybase Strengthens Linux Ties

Integration stalwart Sybase deepened its ties to the open source Linux operating system Monday, opening the doors to a new Linux Competency Center in New York City and expanding its alliance with Red Hat .

The competency center is the seat of Sybase's global Linux professional services practice, and the company committed to supporting Linux on all its relevant products by 2004.

"Sybase was the first to deliver an enterprise-class RDBMS on Linux in 1999, and since then we have remained focused on helping enterprises fulfill the promise of the operating system with both lower hardware and management costs," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager of the company's Infrastructure Platform Group.

The center also signals a new effort by Sybase to capture the interest of financial services firms planning Linux migrations.

"Financial services firms in particular are looking to Linux to lower their total cost of ownership of information management assets," said Dushyant Shahrawat, senior analyst of the Securities and Capital Markets practice at Tower Group. "As those firms evaluate the potential of Linux, they need to consider the cost of more than just hardware, including the overall ease of migration and long-term software maintenance and service."

Sybase said its Linux Competency Center will include expert technical resources and financial services specialists, and houses the capacity to test and troubleshoot Sybase products -- from database to mobile and business intelligence applications -- on Linux. The center will provide customers with onsite support, and includes a range of hardware and software platforms from Dell , Egenera, Hewlett-Packard , IBM , Intel , Red Hat and Sun Microsystems .

Sybase also extended its partnership with Red Hat Monday, becoming a Red Hat Premier ISV Partner and announcing the certification of its data management systems on the Red Hat Enterprise Linux platform. The two firms will work together on engineering development, training and support, and exchange technology roadmaps in order to coordinate activities.

The two companies said they will offer joint customers support for:

  • Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5 for Linux, the company's relational database management system (RDBMS)
  • Replication Server 12.5 for Linux, its architecture for building distributed database systems
  • Open Client 12.5 for Linux, a programming interface for access to any data source, information application or system service
  • Open Server 12.5 for Linux, an application programming interface which provides a gateway to access data from heterogeneous systems.

Meanwhile, the firm also announced new performance benchmarks for its Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) on Intel Xeon, Linux-based SMP systems. In an internal test using an HP ProLiant DL580 server configured with Xeon processors at 2GHz and 4 GB of memory, Sybase said ASE was able to record more than 54,000 order processing transactions per minute using three Xeon processors, more than 37,000 per minute with two Xeon processors, and more than 20,000 per minute on one Xeon processor.

The company said the test mimicked a typical order entry scenario.