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Examining the Total Cost of Relational Database Management Systems

Many long term cost factors are not on the minds of most database application users when running a given relational database management system (RDBMS), according to aSybase-sponsored study conducted by market intelligence provider IDC. “Calculating the True Cost of RDBMS Ownership and How Sybase ASE Stacks Up: A Guide for SAP Business Suite Users” found that users also tend to favor one brand over time without taking into account evolving requirements and expenses.


Firms should regularly assess the total cost of ownership of their major database applications, the white paper recommends. This includes hardware, software and staff time, as well as opportunity costs due to poor performance and other issues.


Increased Hardware Savings with Sybase ASE“RDBMS products are constantly evolving,” the study notes. “Thus Sybase and its competitors are challenged to continually improve their technology to succeed in addressing customer requirements for efficient, cost-effective and flexible database support.”


So the white paper also recommends that users keep an eye on other RDBMS products. They should examine the possibility of reducing costs by migrating their application data to databases running on other products, such as Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise.


“Over a five-year period, as [organizations in the study] grow their databases, Sybase will account for relatively more database capacity, but because of its greater efficiency, it will account for less of the total cost,” the study states (see graph). “The impact of increasing the reliance on Sybase ASE is a reduction in average hardware costs per TB from $21,187 to $20,250 over five years, saving each company an average of $139,000.”


Methodology for the study included identifying, screening and qualifying database application user organizations. IDC used these firms’ experiences to model the costs of purchasing, deploying and managing various RDBMS platforms over five years.


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