Sybase has dropped its Highgate project to develop an Olap engine, in favour of adopting third party technology from Micro Strategy.
Although Sybase would not comment officially on the news, one source within the company said: "It would make sense to get to market quickly and use proven technology instead of something brand new." He indicated that, had Highgate been continued, it would have been seriously delayed. The original plan for the project, which was begun last year, was to ship before Christmas, but this would have been pushed out by at least three quarters, sources believe.
This in turn would have put Sybase well behind Oracle, which announced its own relational Olap technology last month, and Microsoft, which has also gone for the third party route by buying technology in from Panorama.
Sybase has turned to Micro Strategy, the leading supplier of Olap engine and tools that work against relational databases, for a product to run with its IQ data warehouse server. The existing joint development and marketing deal between the two companies has now been stepped up a notch. "The plan to tightly integrate our Rolap technology with Sybase IQ has heated up since they dropped Highgate," said a spokesperson.
Sybase has upgraded IQ, a database server optimised for accessing and analysing data in warehouses, to run 60 per cent faster than the current release. The cache memory management has also been improved to cut down the number of times that IQ has to read data directly from disks. Version 11.1 will also support additional hardware platforms, including Hewlett Packard and Digital Unix servers, as well as its current Sun Solaris and IBM AIX platforms.
The new version will be unveiled at DB Expo in New York next week.
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