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Author's profile photo Terry Orsborn

The Truth about Databases: Getting to the FACTS on SAP Sybase ASE

Let’s set the record straight. Our competitors have propagated some MYTHS about SAP Sybase ASE… it’s expensive, it trails behind other databases in terms of performance, it’s difficult to manage, it’s not disaster recovery-proof, and on and on. So herein are the FACTS about SAP Sybase ASE costs, performance, efficiency, security, reliability, availability, and application suitability. Read on and you’ll see why 90% of the global banks and securities firm trust SAP Sybase ASE to run their business, and how Indian Railways serves 20 million customers daily using a distributed SAP Sybase ASE system. Let the myth-busting commence.

According to an IDC report SAP Sybase ASE costs 28% less than other leading RDBMs. Lower costs are achieved through efficient use of storage, processor, and staff resources. IDC estimated a cost savings over five years of $340,000 per 100 users over other databases because SAP Sybase ASE requires significantly fewer IT staff resources and fewer hours of training.

A Bloor Research study found 22% fewer security patches than Oracle suggesting that SAP Sybase ASE is less vulnerable to security threats. Bloor also found SAP Sybase ASE needs 22% less time to apply security patches and 21% less time to resolve support issues than Oracle. This equates to higher uptime and more availability of the data.

SAP Sybase ASE delivers superior performance for extreme transaction process environments – both for SAP Business Suite applications and for custom-built applications. SAP Sybase ASE recently recorded leading two-, four- and eight-processor two-tier SD standard application benchmark results for x86-based Linux systems – delivering near-linear scalability from 2 to 4 to 8 processor systems.

Any investment in SAP Sybase ASE for SAP Business Suite is protected – 100% of customer investments in SAP Sybase ASE will be credited towards the SAP HANA license acquisition costs. And as key components of the SAP Real-Time Data Platform, SAP Sybase ASE and SAP HANA interoperate together. All of this makes for excellent investment protection.

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      Author's profile photo Former Member
      Former Member

      Whenever a company compares their product to the 'leading competitor' I tend to think 'bs'.  Which vendor(s) are you comparing the price to? 

      Author's profile photo Nelis Lamprecht
      Nelis Lamprecht

      I'd be interested to know how Sybase ASE compares to MaxDB in cost. In theory the cost should be the same, both owned by SAP, both serve very similar purposes. Since SAP now recommends Sybase over MaxDB one would assume they would make its price very competitive to MaxDB ?

      Author's profile photo Karl-Heinz Hoffmann
      Karl-Heinz Hoffmann

      Hi Neils,

      Good question, comparing maxdb and ASE is not a fair comparison. ASE is an enterprise grade database and competes with both Oracle,IBM and Microsoft @ the upper end of the OLTP market. Also as of the next release slated for Q3, which we will soon announce ASE Runtime will include both SAP Sybase Replication Server for DR Capabilities and MAXDB to run non ASE supported legacy application e.g. MAXDB. Including Replication Server as part of ASE Runtime now allows us to have near real time active standby sites as well.

      ASE Runtime also includes a lot of options e.g. compression, HA etc. Pricing this at the same level as MAXDB would be devaluing the product.

      Hope that helps.