Sybase's SQL Anywhere 7.0 to launch in March

Sybase's SQL Anywhere 7.0 to launch in March

Sybase has detailed the latest release of its mobile database product, SQL Anywhere Studio 7.0, which will be available on the market later this month.

SQL Anywhere Studio 7.0 lets users create and deploy mobile computing applications enabling users to exchange data between corporate systems and remote devices such as handheld computers or mobile phones.

The enhanced version of the product is designed to meet soaring demand for mobile computing applications that tap into corporate data, said Tobias Philipp, business development manager for Sybase GmbH's mobile and embedded computing division, in an interview here at the CeBIT trade show last week.

The model of computing via mobile phones currently propagated by phone manufacturers leaves something to be desired, Philipp said, because it always expects users to be connected to the Internet to get information.

"Our vision is to have people online connecting to central systems, but with a local data store," Philipp said.

SQL Anywhere Studio 7.0 is designed to be easier to administer than its predecessor, and lets users synchronise information in both directions between remote devices and their standard back-end enterprise database systems, including those from Sybase, Oracle, IBM and Microsoft, according to a statement from Sybase. It also supports multiple communications protocols, including IP (Internet Protocol) wireless protocols and e-mail, and offers 128-bit encryption technology, enabling secure data synchronisation, Sybase said.

Features to make it easier for applications developers include Version 7.0's new native OLE DB (Object Linking and Embedding Database) driver, which allows the applications to access data residing in Microsoft applications.

New administration features include a tool that incorporates support for Java and new task scheduling and event handling capabilities, Sybase said.

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