My company is a heavy user of Sybase databases, in particular Sybase ASE 12 and Sybase IQ. We're thinking wether we should stay with them or change to any other DB engine. Do any of you guys know anything about Sybase? How stable are they? We heard they were losing marketshare by the hour, but then we see lots of wanted adds for Sybase DBA's.
I hear Microsoft has a great 12 step program to get you off Sysbase and onto SQL Server, but seriously are you looking to change for any other reason than you hear that Sybase may be bleeding off market share? Are you getting ready to upgrade? Are you encountering performance issues? Do you need increased reliability? How about an open source solution, I hear that they are very popular?
We've been thinking about this for a long time, and for us support in the long run is *very* important.
Sybase's market share erosion isn't really an issue (and might not even really be an erosion, depending on how you count).
Sybase is a good company with good product range which I assume you already use. Just to remind you that more than half of the Wall street, the most critical data in DOE and that famous US agency run on Sybase. I work for both Sybase and Oracle and believe me if I see a good product I know a good product. Besides there are products from Sybase like replication server which are the Market leader. and neither Oracle and MSSQL are even near. There is a great demand for Sybase and Sybase products and hence that is the reason you see those adds. If I were you I would stick with Sybase.
Sybase the company is well-run and quite profitable. Their recent partnerships with PeopleSoft and SAP would never have happened if there were any doubt in the industry about their long-term presence.
Sybase and SQL Server used to be near-clones. Transact-SQL, etc. were the same.
Sybase is a great DB platform to be on. You always have the SQL Server to bail you out if things go south. MS even has a Sybase->SQL Server upgrade script. If in fact Sybase is loosing market share, this is to your advantage as one would think they would work that much harder to keep your business.
Sybase IQ is a killer DBMS for data warehouses and reporting databases. Only Kalido could possibly challenge it, unless you are scaling up to multi-Terabyte data bases (Oracle, Teradata, DB2 country), and even then it still can kick butt in many environments.
Sybase added hundreds of ASE customers last year alone. I don't know where you get your facts about them "losing market share", but I would suggest you do your own research on this topic to convince yourself. Sybase has industry award winning support programs including their own newsgroup based support system http://www.sybase.com/support/newsgroups . Long term, I don't see them going anywhere especially wrt to the ASE/ASA/Replication product lines. They are adding hundreds of people to their development staffs for these products as we speak.
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