SAP Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise 15.5 – The Need for Speed

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The common slogans bigger, faster, and better are always the driving force behind database technology evolution. Sybase ASE 15.5 latest versions have come with no exceptions.

Sybase ASE 15.5 is introduced with several new features and highlighted by the highly anticipated improvements to the features that were introduced in preceding Sybase releases; it is the most exciting feature in in-memory database.

Performance with New Databases and Durability Levels

The other new feature in the list is the in-memory database that is used when you need more persistence within IMDB’s ASE’s memory. The database is based on disk and not limited by the memory size.

To understand Sybase’s adaptation completely, you need to know about the new durability impact levels that can be set for database individually. All these durability levels make Relaxed Durability databases possible. With new options, performance gain goes beyond in-memory databases.

Value of IMDB Solution

IMDB bypasses disk writing requirement and also improves the speed. It is designed for good volume transaction systems such as e-commerce shopping carts. IMDB is unbeatable, when it comes to writing transaction data. It is essentially different from the traditional database engines. Data caching will certainly improve the read performance, but it does nothing to improve the writing performance.

The technology that runs the complete database in memory includes transaction writes, and it also bypasses hardware architecture constraints. It takes complete advantage over the hardware configuration performing parts like physical RAM and CPU. Fundamentally, IMDB cuts the weak links in chain when you speak with respect to performance as well as physical disk I/O.

Sybase has introduced three durability database levels. These levels indicate database ability in retaining the state after getting shutdown.

Full

It is the standard durability level that reflects ACID recovery model. It is default durability level selected at the time of database creation.

no_recovery

It does exactly what it tells. You don’t see any recovery in essence, and no data will be saved. It also applies at the time of crash or during regular shutdown.

To mitigate loss of data and DDL, IMDB is created on the template database. It contains everything that IMDB needs: stored procedures, DDL, triggers, and data. This also creates a clean IMDB at the time of system start.

at_shutdown

This reflects the Relaxed Durability Level database. It doesn’t protect DDL and data at the time of system crash or any other unfriendly shutdown. It also preserves data and DDL at the time of regular shutdown.

Sybase ASE 15.5 IMDB vs. its Competitors

Sybase manages analyzing the market, analyzing the competition, and learning more from the experiences in the way. There are not many IMDB systems on hand. Times ten is one of the greatest running IMDB systems and is a part of Oracle. However, Times ten is also labelled as IMBD system.

MS SQL Server doesn’t offer any IMDB engine. This will be the most probable modification in the coming days.

Database recovery option from SQL server is pretty much similar to that of Sybase ASE 15.5- at_shutdown.

Other major advantages related to Sybase’s IMDB are that you can apply the normal dump and you will be allowed to load database commands. You can only see these features in Sybase.

Conclusion

IMDB is questionably the new leading edge of database architecture, and it satisfies “Need for Speed” demand.

For most of the years, database is one of the safest storage places due to rigid ACID fulfilment.

 

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