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Sybase To Linux-Enable All Servers By June

Feb 09, 2004, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Jacqueline Emigh)

By Jacqueline Emigh
Linux Today Correspondent

Sybase's EAServer 5.0, an updated application server that rolled out today, will add an Eclipse plug-in along with other other capabilities aimed at easier cross-platform management across Linux, Windows, and Solaris environments.

Sybase, in fact, now plans to Linux-enable all its server-side products by mid-2004, and its PowerBuilder development tools some time after that.

Sybase's Eclipse plug-in will include wizards for functions such as application deployment and XML, said Sybase PowerBuilder Dave Fish, during a pre-briefing on today's announcements. For crossplatform administration, the new plug-in will work hand-in-hand with a new server architecture known as Univeral Manager.

EAServer 5.0 isn't the first edition of the product to support Linux. The app server has been available on Windows and Solaris even longer. Many customers are now running Linux, Windows and/or Solaris EAServers in clusters, Fish noted.

"Before, though, if you wanted to manage a Linux-based application server, you'd have to go to a Linux server. If you wanted to manage a Solaris-enabled app server, you'd have to go to a Solaris server. Now, you'll be able to manage EAServers running in all three environments from any of the supported platforms," he maintained.

Beyond EAServer, seven Sybase products are already available for Linux, with three more expected this year. The first Linux-based edition of Enterprise Portal is now in beta, and Sybase will ship that product by the end of March, said Dr. Raj Nathan, senior vice president and general manager of Sybase's Infrastructure Platform Group, during another interview.

Sybase's EDI Server and Integration Orchestrator will make their debuts on Linux by the end of June, according to Nathan.

Meanwhile, of course, IBM and Oracle--two of Sybase's main competitors in the commercial database market--have also been making major inroads into Linux.

Also today, Sybase is unveiling new editions of its PowerDesigner and Pocket PowerBuilder development tools. PowerDesigner is an enterprise modeling tool with integrated support for business process modeling, data modeling, and UML. Pocket PowerBuilder, on the other hand, is geared to app development for Microsoft Pocket PC devices.

Unlike most of Sybase's server products, the company's PowerBuilder tools are currently available for Windows only.

However, developers can reverse engineer .NET code produced in PowerDesigner 10.0 into Java code, for example, Fish observed.

Sybase is now considering a product that would handle the reverse engineering automatically, according to Fish.

Nathan said, however, that ultimately, Sybase's entire lineup of server products and tools will run on Linux.

Sybase customers are already achieving strong ROI on Linux servers of from one to four processors, Nathan contended.

Also according to Nathan, Sybase will probably follow up on a Linux customer competency center, opened last summer in New York City, with additional Linux centers in Europe and Asia later this year.

Other products already available for Linux include Sybase's main database, Adaptive Server Enterprise; Sybase IQ, a business intelligence platform; Replication Server. SQL Anywhere Studio; Open Server; Open Client; and Financial Fusion TradeForce.

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