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.

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