Sybase To Linux-Enable All Servers By June
Feb 09, 2004, 19:00 (7 Talkback[s])
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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
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
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
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.