Sybase ASE 15.7 Improves Performance and Lowers Cost of Managing Growing Data Volumes

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Sybase, Inc., an SAP company, has announced the general availability of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 15.7. Sybase ASE 15.7 provides a cost-efficient relational database management system (RDBMS) for managing very large data sets for the most demanding applications.  The new version of the enterprise data management solution saves disk space, increases performance and scalability on parallel hardware, and efficiently manages unstructured data.

Sybase ASE 15.7 is designed for two separate audiences - it adds enhancements to meet the needs of the existing customer base, and it is also the version that the Business Suite for SAP will be certified to run on, opening up a "huge opportunity" for ASE,  Terry Osborn, senior manager, Product Marketing, at Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Because it is a continuation of the ASE 15 code line, existing customers can readily move to 15.7; it is not a major migration or something that requires a lot of testing, emphasizes Raj Rathee, senior manager, Product Management, Sybase. "It is an incremental release in that sense, even though it is full of new capabilities," he adds.

Explaining why existing customer would want to upgrade to the new release, Rathee explains that many of the enhancements target three key pain points customers are facing. These include the need to more efficiently optimize storage of large amounts of data; the processing and manipulation of unstructured data, including text, documents, images, videos, and pictures; and the ability to take advantage of the increased processing power of newer hardware while also better managing IO and being a "better citizen" among other applications, Rathee says.

Providing enterprises with a database system that allows them to easily scale the amount of users and data economically, while guaranteeing dependability, ASE 15.7 delivers business critical performance using compression algorithms to expand and contract data automatically. This enables users to use less disk space to store the same amount of data and to retrieve that information from disks as much as four times faster.

ASE 15.7 further reduces cost of operations by simplifying administration and enhancing system security, providing a database manager that remains easy to manage while protecting against intrusion. ASE 15.7's online operations and extended diagnostic features increase data availability, optimize the data for application performance and quickly pinpoint bottlenecks to speed performance. Strong password encryption and single login profiles protect the database from unauthorized external access attempts and make it easier to manage large numbers of users.

Enterprise software developers want database management systems that support a wide variety of development strategies and languages to allow them to use the technologies with which they are most comfortable.   Sybase ASE 15.7 speeds application development and ensures performance of applications out of the box with support for scripting languages. These new application technologies will make it easier for developers and independent software vendor (ISV) partners to leverage the capabilities in ASE that reduce cost and work in their preferred language directly without losing performance.

ASE 15.7 key features include:

Management of Large Data sets

  • Compression - allows large databases to be stored more compactly and reduces I/O times to ensure high performance on even the largest databases.
  • Reduced Query Latency- helps better handle large data sets, especially those which use dynamic SQL for interactive data retrieval.
  • Replication Performance-increases the performance of Sybase's industry-leading transaction replication and syncing technology.
  • Enhancements for Parallel Hardware - improves optimization of multi-core/multi-threaded CPU architectures to get the maximum performance out of today's latest processors

Simplified Administration

  • Online Operations-increases data availability while allowing data to be optimized for application performance.
  • Extended Diagnostics-allows DBAs to quickly pin-point performance bottlenecks and speed customer support requests.
  • Strong Password Encryption-protects the database from external intrusion and hacking
  • Single Sign-on & Login Profiles-makes it easier to manage large numbers of users and simplifies end-user access to the system

Ease of Application Development

  • Efficient Management of Large Objects-inline management of large objects as well as enhanced application development features such as large objects as parameters to stored procedures.
  • Enhanced Application Language Capabilities-many improved TransactSQLTM language features to increase productivity of application developers as well as support for a variety of popular languages such as Python, PHP and Perl.
  • An Enterprise-Class DB for ISV applications -enhanced business-critical performance for ISV applications out of the box, enabling ISVs to easily write and port their applications to ASE 15.7.

One year after the acquisition of Sybase by SAP, Osborn says ASE is continuing to do very well in the marketplace. "In 2009, we had 22% year over year growth which was just phenomenal especially considering that other database vendors were flat or down in terms of growth at that time. That momentum continued and in 2010, we had the highest revenue in over a decade and added over 1,250 new ASE customers." Since the acquisition, the market appeal and reach for ASE has dramatically increased, Osborn adds. "This has just opened up new markets and new verticals for ASE."

Sybase ASE 15.7 Enterprise Edition is scheduled to be available at the end of September 2011 on the following platforms: HP-UX 11i v3, AIX IBM Power 64-bit, Linux IBM Power 64-bit, Linux x86 64-bit, Solaris SPARC 64-bit, Solaris x86 64-bit, Windows x86 64-bit, Windows x86. For more information on ASE 15.7 visit

Sybase's TechWave conference is co-located with SAP TechEd  this week, September 12-16, at the Venetian Hotel in Las Vegas, NV.