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Sybase ships enterprise database

Sybase rolls out a new version of its high-end database, along with additional technology aimed at the financial community.

As expected, Sybase today rolled out a new version of its high-end database, along with additional data access and replication technology aimed at the financial community in an effort to quash earlier rumors that it's moving away from its core enterprise database business.

The database maker announced the shipment of its Adaptive Server Enterprise database, version 11.9.2, which includes some long-promised features, such as row-level locking, which is needed to support enterprise resource planning packages from PeopleSoft, Baan, and other makers, the company said.

The new version of the Adaptive Server Enterprise database was announced as part of a wider release of data access and data replication technologies.

Spotty support for enterprise resource planning software has been a drag on the company's revenue growth. Database market leader Oracle has in recent years reaped huge profits by supplying the underlying database software for enterprise resource planning systems, according to industry observers.

Sybase executives also announced the opening of the Sybase Interactive Technology Exchange (inSITE) Center on Wall Street. The center is designed to provide a laboratory environment where customers and partners can jointly develop, test, and implement enterprise systems that address the most pressing, mission-critical business challenges.

"This is the finishing step of our new strategy," Sybase CEO John Chen said this morning. "We need to get close to our customers and partners. This facilitates that. It's the meeting point between the two."

Sybase executives also announced additional details on its Financial Server application server, which enters beta testing next quarter.

The specialized server is tailored to banks, insurance, and financial services companies that need to integrate a variety of applications. It's also the first of several planned servers, specialized for particular vertical industries, that Sybase intends to launch in the coming months.

Sybase executives are hoping to stifle rumors that its recent focus on the mobile and embedded computing market, with new low-end database and connectivity software, means that the company is giving up the battle on the enterprise front.

The company also announced EnterpriseConnect, which combines data integration and data replication technologies to allow organizations to integrate distributed information systems. The result is an environment where organizations can offer fast and flexible information access and delivery across disparate and geographically dispersed locations with one solution, allowing users to execute business processes seamlessly.

With EnterpriseConnect, Sybase is building on its traditional database technology by providing a distributed system that enables organizations to leverage their existing information systems infrastructure and provide one system for integrating all of their disparate data stores and applications, the company said.

The company today also debuted Enterprise Data Studio, an integrated product set of database, data access, and data replication technologies for distributed enterprises. Sybase Enterprise Data Studio is a data management platform that can integrate with existing data sources from multivendor databases and packaged applications on multiple platforms and in multiple locations. Allowing users to accommodate changing business requirements, Enterprise Data Studio delivers access to the information users need to execute business processes, improve customer service, and attempt to maximize profitability.

In his statements today Chen reaffirmed his company's commitment to its traditional financial market and said that if the inSITE center is successful on Wall Street, the company will look into opening similar centers for its telco and international financial market spaces.

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