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Sybase previews database upgrade

Sybase is giving developers a preview of an upcoming version of its Adaptive Server Enterprise database featuring improved web services functionality.

The company announced its Early Adopter Programme for Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 12.5.1 at its TechWave user conference in Orlando this week. Participants in the scheme have free use of a beta version of ASE 12.5.1 and can provide feedback.

Sybase is providing support for the programme, which is open to anyone who wants to download the beta at www.sybase.com/ase1251beta.

Version 12.5.1, which will ship this autumn, features self-management, content management and integration technologies as well as enhanced security and privacy controls, said the company. Web services improvements will enable data being managed by the database to be accessed through a web service, said Tom Traubitz, Sybase senior group product marketing manager.

"Right now, we are primarily introducing technology that will allow the database to be an entity in a web services framework," he said. A future release of the database will enable the database to access information from other web services-enabled systems.

Sybase this week made a deal with Tibco to develop Sybase Real-time Services to enable real-time notifications based on changing data in the database. Through the agreement, ASE will be integrated with Tibco's Java Message Service technology, providing for a services bus that will receive notifications of new information in the database.

"A message bus environment lets an application register with the database," Traubitz said. Database administrators will be able to publish information using a point-and-click interface.

Sybase Real-time Services should be available in the fourth quarter of this year.

Paul Krill writes for InfoWorld

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