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Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise Release Provides Advanced Web Services and XML Support

Sybase Announces Availability of Latest Version of Its Enterprise-Class RDBMS

Sybase ASE 12.5.1 Demonstrates Lower Total Cost of Development and Operations on Both Unix and Linux Platform

Dublin, California, USA. October 6, 2003.


Sybase, Inc. announces general availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 12.5.1, the latest release of the company's enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS):

  • Key new features are designed to make ASE even more cost-effective and easier to use through self-management capabilities, enhanced system performance and advanced Web services and XML support.

  • ASE 12.5.1 remains a Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) leader. According to The Standish Group, the life-cycle cost of RDBMS applications running on ASE, is on average more than 15 percent lower than the equivalent offerings from Oracle.

  • Sybase is committed to addressing current business problems in data management through comprehensive low-cost solutions that offer the best performance with the economical use of resources - as demonstrated by announcements earlier this year on record-breaking Linux performance, a partnership with TIBCO, and TPC-H benchmarking tests for Sybase IQ 12.5.

Sybase, Inc., a leading enterprise infrastructure and integration company, today announced the availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 12.5.1, the latest release of the company's enterprise-class relational database management system (RDBMS). Sybase ASE has established itself as one of the most cost-effective data management platforms for business-critical computing, and builds on that reputation with the introduction of key enhancements in version 12.5.1 to further drive down total cost of ownership and operations.

"We've used both Sybase and Oracle in building applications for our customers but prefer Sybase ASE because of its ease-of-use," said Chris Young, president, Cascadia Software, a Seattle-based technology consulting firm. "It is dramatically easier for us to develop systems using Sybase ASE, and with ASE 12.5.1 we are very much looking forward to taking advantage of the new performance and development features, including the job scheduler, and complete XML support."

"The scalability and high-performance of ASE 12.5.1 allows our customers to build, deploy and manage database applications on the most cost-effective platforms - including Linux on Intel, Windows and UNIX," said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager, Sybase Infrastructure Platform Group. "This release demonstrates our continued commitment to data management solutions that offer the best performance with the best use of resources - both systems and people. It builds on announcements earlier this year on record-breaking Linux performance, the real-time database partnership with TIBCO, TPC-H benchmarking tests for our highly-scalable analytical engine, Sybase IQ 12.5, as well as our leadership in mobile data management solutions."

New capabilities in this RDBMS release enable customers using Sybase ASE 12.5.1 to affordably close today's "Operational Gap" -- the gap created between the need to scale up to handle exponential growth in data volume/complexity, and the need to control or reduce the cost of data management -- including people, systems and applications.

Demonstrated Lower TCO Results

"Based on our analysis of thousands of applications, the total life-cycle cost of most RDBMS applications will be, on average, more than 15 percent lower when running on Sybase ASE versus the equivalent offering from Oracle Corporation," said Jim Johnson, chairman, The Standish Group. "In addition, we've seen instances where Sybase ASE runs at a 37 percent lower cost than Microsoft SQL Server."

Standish Group's VirtualAdvisor -- a comprehensive TCO analysis tool comprised of data from over 2,000 case studies gathered from more than 1,200 CIOs -- enables organizations to evaluate applications from a variety of disciplines including: accounts payable, billing, order processing HR, reservation management, portfolio management, trading, customer information, Internet backing, medical records and criminal justice. Platforms evaluated included systems on several platforms such as HP, IBM, Linux-based solutions and Sun.

Self-management Features and New DBA Tools Reduce Operational Costs

Database operational costs consume a large percentage of IT budgets, and have soared to meet the demands of online data access and real-time applications. Sybase ASE 12.5.1 includes new features to reduce operational costs, such as self-management, automatic resource management and transportable databases. These capabilities enable companies to handle new and increased demands for data access without significantly increasing DBA costs. In addition, new DBA tools, such as Job Scheduler, DBXray and Sybase Database Expert, allow DBAs to automate scheduled operations and quickly diagnose problems thereby improving productivity.

Improved System Performance and Operational Scalability

ASE 12.5.1 supports large data sets and increased data volumes more efficiently on all platforms, including Intel-based hardware running Linux. Operational scalability - the ability to serve increased workloads and data sets with existing hardware, software and DBA resources - has been improved with enhancements to system performance achieved by the following new features: scalable logging, parallel recovery, index sampling, temporary databases per application or login and improved database reorganization.

Faster, Simpler Application Development

Cost containment business strategies mandate use of open standards-based technologies when developing applications, and represent a significant portion of today's IT operating budget. ASE 12.5.1 delivers faster and lower-cost application development with enhanced support for Web services and native XML document management.

Pricing and Availability

Sybase ASE 12.5.1 will be available on Oct. 13, 2003, with prices starting at $1,495. For more information, or to place an order, please visit or call 1-800-8-SYBASE.

About Sybase, Inc.

Sybase enables the "Unwired Enterprise" by delivering mobile and enterprise software that integrates platforms, databases and applications. With Sybase, companies can attain maximum value from their data assets by getting the right information to the right people at the right time - at the right place. For more information, visit the Sybase Web site:


Julie Connolly
Sybase, Inc.
Tel: +1 (925) 236-8696

Jenny White
Citigate Cunningham for Sybase, Inc.
Tel: +1 (916) 984-6039


Prepared by Robin Cover for The XML Cover Pages archive.

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