Sybase has reaffirmed that it will introduce a row-level locking version of its SQL Server database by the start of next year, which it admits will run up to four times faster with the majority of applications than the current page-level locking release.
The first version will be released solely to the database supplier?s OEMs such as Peoplesoft and Baan, which helped with the substantial re-write, but a second version will ship as an optional upgrade to customers by the end of next year. No discussions are currently being held with market leader, SAP.
Colin Tenwick, Sybase?s UK managing director, said: ?This is a recognition on our part that we want to work with the big applications players, which have written their products to take advantage of row-level locking. You can?t get the same level of through-put if they?ve written their applications to support a different locking mechanism and in the Peoplesoft beta we did, performance was between four and five times higher with row-level locking.?
He added that as the majority of applications on the market now supported row-level locking, it opened up a new, higher volume market to the database supplier.
But, if users wish to move their applications over to the new release, they will need to tune them to take advantage of the different read/write facility. No details were available on how much work or how long this would take.
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