Borland shook up the database market last week with the launch of the first product from its InterBase subsidiary. InterBase 5 is designed to fill a void in the database market in situations where a relational database is needed, but the application does not merit the expense of a dedicated database administrator (DBA). Borland claims that database management on InterBase is automatic, unlike Oracle, Sybase and Microsoft SQL Server products, which require a DBA to tune the software. "We are achieving close to zero administration (once the database application has been set up and tuned)," said Mike Tossy, director of marketing at Borland. Tossy pointed to several features in InterBase which help cut down administration tasks, including automatic recovery and automatic disk and memory allocation. With the emphasis on reduced administration, Tossy said InterBase will also be targeted at branch offices which do not normally employ DBAs. InterBase 5 will be available in the UK by mid-January on the Windows 95, NT, HP-UX and Solaris platforms. Borland said that versions for NetWare, SCO, AIX and Data General Unix will be available by late 1998. InterBase 5.0 Server for Windows NT with a five concurrent user licence will cost #515.
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