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History of Sybase
« on: October 17, 2008, 07:58:48 PM »

Sybase became the number two database system behind Oracle, after making a deal with Microsoft to share the source code for Microsoft to remarket on the OS/2 platform as "SQL Server". At the time, Sybase called the database server "Sybase SQL Server". Until version 4.9, Sybase and Microsoft SQL server were virtually identical. Due to disagreements between the two companies over revenue sharing (or lack thereof), Sybase and Microsoft decided to split the code-lines and went their own way, although the shared heritage is very evident in the Transact-SQL (T-SQL) procedural language as well as the basic process architecture. The big difference is that Sybase has a Unix heritage, while Microsoft was adapted and optimized only for the Microsoft Windows NT operating system. Sybase continues to offer versions for Windows, several varieties of Unix, and for Linux.

Sybase suffered a major downturn in fortune in the late 1990s when Informix started outselling it by a wide margin. However, Informix was later acquired by IBM in 2001, and no longer competed as an independent company. In November 2005, a book written by a long time Informix employee was released that chronicled the battle between Sybase and Informix.[2]

As of 2006, Oracle is the leader in the database market share by revenue, followed by IBM, and then Sybase\'s own offspring, Microsoft SQL Server.[3][4] Sybase is well behind its major competitors in the enterprise database market, with 3% market share.[4][5]. Investment banking is one of Sybase\'s largest client bases, where optimized installations of ASE and tuned procedures still provide the biggest bang for the footprint

Sybase has recently returned to profitability under the management of John Chen, and continues to reinvent itself with a new \'Unwired Enterprise\' strategy. The \'Unwired Enterprise\' vision is about allowing companies to deliver data to mobile devices in the field as well as traditional desktops, and combines technology from Sybase\'s existing data management products with its new mobility products. Sybase has expanded into the mobile and wireless space through buyouts of smaller networking and wireless companies, such as AvantGo, and expansion into the Asian market, specifically China. Through its mobility subsidiary, launched in 2000, Sybase iAnywhere, Sybase has become the leader of the mobile database market with SQL Anywhere.

Sybase makes a number of other data management products including Sybase IQ, a data warehouse system, Powerbuilder a client-server and n-tier application development system, m-Business Server, a mobile applications system based on the AvantGo service, and Replication Server, a vendor-neutral data movement system. Sybase has a strong presence in the health care and financial markets.

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History of Sybase
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