Sybase Launches New Version of Replication Server

Sybase, Inc., has announced the latest version of Sybase Replication Server, specifically designed to move and synchronize data across the enterprise.

Some of the key megatrends in the industry that helped to form the product strategy for Replication Server 15 include the pressures on organizations caused by burgeoning data volumes combined with customers' increasing requirements for real-time business analytics, Bill Zhang, product manager for Replication Server, Sybase, tells 5 Minute Briefing. Additionally, he adds, "we are seeing ongoing global adoption of business applications that drive very strong demand in terms of how to integrate data in heterogeneous environments."

With this release, notes Zhang, Sybase offers improved performance to reduce data delivery latency, improved database feature support, improved database platform support and also improved ease-of-use of heterogeneous replication. Replication Server operates with multiple database platforms, including Sybase's Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE), Microsoft SQL Server and IBM DB2 and UDB, and with this release, updates Oracle platform support to 11g, notes Zhang.

In terms of performance, a particularly "game-changing" feature of the new release is the SQL Statement replication. Instead of replicating row by row changes, Replication Server only replicates the SQL statement that caused that, states Zhang. Because Replication Server only captures the SQL statement from a primary to secondary and then executes that statement on the secondary side, says Zhang, "we actually reduce the latency and improve the performance dramatically."

Replication Server's data movement capabilities are aimed at helping customers achieve cost savings by avoiding expensive platform migration while also achieving benefits from simplified management. By using Replication Server to deliver operational data across complex and broadly distributed data infrastructures in real-time, organizations can also ensure proper steps are taken to comply with regulations within their industries-even when external circumstances threaten ongoing operations and prompt recovery if disaster should strike, according to Sybase.

Replication Server has been in the market for about 10 years now and has very strong roots in Wall Street, but has also been deployed not only by Wall Street customers but by the government sector, and healthcare, manufacturing, retail as well as telecom industries, observes Zhang. Revenue for the product has doubled over the past 4 years and 15% of revenue is currently for heterogeneous replication, Zhang states. Sybase Replication Server is currently available for HP-UX Itanium, HP-UX PA-RISC, IBM-AIX , Linux on POWER, Linux x86, Windows, Sun Solaris SPARC and Sun Solaris x64. For more information on Sybase Replication Server, go here