Still struggling to convince the world that it is seeing a real recovery and return to profitability after a couple of years in the doldrums, Sybase Inc says the awaited next release of its enterprise database product Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise will support row-level locking, to enable significantly faster transaction throughput. Version 11.5 of the database product, including row-level locking, will apparently be available to vendors only at the beginning of next year, but full customer availability is not scheduled until the end of 1998. The company carried out tests of the row-level locking on PeopleSoft Inc’s payroll application, and claims the facility enabled far greater transaction speeds, with more than 63,000 employee payroll transactions processed per hour, although it did not say by how much this improved on the previous figure. Sybase says this is the latest in a series of new developments of its enterprise database offerings. The next will be server-level support for Java, due the middle of next year. Sybase says it will differentiate the technology from Oracle and Informix by enabling customers to use the technology anyway they want it. It claims Oracle and Informix solutions tend to enforce a pre-defined model on customers. Adaptive Server Enterprise 11.5 will be announced at IT Forum in New York on September
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