Introduction: SAP ASE Edge Edition – Retirement of Sybase ASE SBE

This is possibly the biggest message from SAP you have never heard of. After dropping the Sybase name from its product names last year, SAP is quietly transforming its offering into database platforms. And I mean that in a good way.

Under the name Sybase, there were 2 ASE products; Sybase ASE Enterprise Edition (EE) and Sybase ASE Small Business Edition (SBE). The Sybase ASE EE product was and still is the flagship and best known version of Sybase. But that came with a hefty price tag. To provide a Sybase ASE database server for the SMB market, Sybase created ASE SBE, limited to 2 CPU connectors and 8 motors on a physical server, at a very low price.

The server virtualization revolution has dramatically changed the server landscape, and database servers made their transitions to the new world. Most of the newly deployed database servers are virtualized, either on-site or in the cloud. Sybase ASE EE 15.7 database server enabled Sybase clients to transition to the virtual servers with the introduction of the threaded kernel model. SAP ASE EE 16 continued to optimize for virtual servers and offers one of the most advanced database servers on the market.

However, Sybase ASE SBE never took a step into the virtual world, and it was bad news for SMBs trying to save money on infrastructure costs. Hence the introduction of SAP ASE Edge Edition.

SAP ASE Edge Edition removes the old Sybase ASE SBE. It is based on the SAP ASE EE 16 edition with a limit of 4 cores. Other than that, SAP pulled the stops and created an entry-level ASE server that packs features that other databases offer only in their enterprise edition, but sets a price point that competes with other vendors’ standard edition database.

The following matrix shows the comparison between SAP ASE Edge Edition and Sybase ASE SBE. But pay close attention to the options that are now included and compare this to other suppliers’ standard offers.

Limits / options

ASE Edge Edition

ASE SBE (Retired)

Max motors

No limit

8

Max Cores OS can use

4

No limit

Max. CPU chips

No limit

2

Max. Concurrent user connections

No limit

256

options

High availability

X

X

Disaster Recovery Package

X

X

Security and directory services



X

Encrypted columns



X

partitions



X

Active message

X

X

Compression



X

In memory database

X

X

Advanced Backup Services (TSM)

X

X

Enterprise Connect – Oracle

X

X

Enterprise Connect – ODBC

X

X

  • (included) X (not available)

SAP ASE Edge Edition also includes unlimited kernels of SAP Replication Server Premium Edition, limited to hot standby features of SAP ASE Edge data.

If you are running Sybase ASE SBE today in either server- or user-based license, you should take a closer look SAP ASE Edge Edition. The savings in server virtualization alone can justify the investment.

If you are running a shareware database server and would like to upgrade to an enterprise class database system running on Linux and Windows servers, talk to us about SAP ASE Edge Edition.

If you are planning to deploy a commercial database server in your business and / or product, SAP ASE Edge Edition should be on your checklist.

Call us today at 813 322 3240 to learn more about SAP ASE Edge Edition.