SAP Launches On-Demand Edition of SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere for ISVs Offering SaaS Applications

SAP AG has announced the general availability of the on-demand edition of SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere. For independent software vendors (ISVs) adding software-as-a-service (SaaS) offerings to their product portfolio or building new SaaS applications, SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition, is a data management solution that enables ISVs to build, deploy and manage cloud applications as demanded by their application and customers without having to compromise. The new product allows users to take advantage of the cloud’s economies of scale while providing them with the tools they require to help ensure they can still treat each of their customers individually.

While SQL Anywhere has many enterprise customers, “millions of our seats are deployed through application vendors who have embedded it within their applications, and those applications that they are deploying mainly on premise or on device – mobile apps that they are selling for CRM or field service and other types of applications,” Pam Barrowcliffe, senior product marketing manager, Sybase, an SAP company, tells 5 Minute Briefing.

Many of these application provider customers are starting to SaaS deployments, she notes, “and so we wanted to be able to address our existing customer so they could have a way to deploy on premise, on device, and also to deploy an on demand application solution.”

With an isolated multi-tenancy architecture that removes co-mingling of data and provides the flexibility to host applications in private, public or hybrid environments, SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition, enables ISVs to comply with regulatory, state and international legal obligations.

The release of the on-demand edition, which offers the ability to easily manage thousands of customer databases through a single integrated console, application vendors to use SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere to deploy on-premise, on-device and on-demand applications that are all based on the same data management technology that reduces costs and simplifies development, support and maintenance.

The manageability offered by a single integrated console is really key, Eric Farrar, product manager, Sybase, an SAP company, points out, because separate databases enables flexibility and security, but can also present a concern to providers who are tasked with making sure that thousands of customer databases are up to date, backed up, and running. This allows them to treat the system as a unified system even though for security reasons, it is actually a lot of separate databases, he notes. 

By allowing the ISV to keep each customer database separate, Farrar adds, it gives them power and security that they can pass on to their end customers. It also provides the ISV with the flexibility to satisfy individual customer requirements such as an application customization that requires a schema change or or an end customer’s need to adhere to geographic restrictions for compliance reasons. “That can be done on a custom basis for each database in the system.”

SAP Sybase SQL Anywhere, on-demand edition, is available for Windows and Linux platforms. For additional information, visit