Open University Students Around the World Learn Database Development Skills with Sybase iAnywhere Software

Posted by dcparris on Apr 10, 2006 2:05 AM EDT
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SYNOPSIS: World's largest open and supported distance learning university standardizes on SQL Anywhere for relational databases course.

DUBLIN, Calif., April 10 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- iAnywhere, a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY), today announced that The Open University, the world's largest university dedicated to supported distance learning, has purchased 6,500 licenses of the SQL Anywhere(R) database technology for its Level Three course on Relational Databases. The Open University selected SQL Anywhere as its main software suite because it uses a comprehensive set of high-performance and low-maintenance technologies essential for the implementation and operation of database systems.

SQL Anywhere provides enterprise database features including triggers, stored procedures, scalability for thousands of users, high performance and referential integrity, all in a very small footprint package. SQL Anywhere also requires no configuration out of the box, making it very easy for students and other users to get started quickly.

SQL Anywhere is an ideal tool with which to teach the power of database technology. Running on Windows, UNIX, Linux, Windows Mobile 5 and Palm, and synchronizing easily with other enterprise databases from Sybase, Oracle, Microsoft and IBM, it provides students with a broad understanding of database capabilities.

"Our new third level Relational Databases course is important for students pursuing a career in IT because it provides the important practical knowledge required to operate in today's business and public services environments," explained Professor Anne de Roeck, head of computing, Faculty of Mathematics and Computing at The Open University. "We have students across the globe, from Silicon Valley to Mumbai, and it is important that our courses provide the most value to students after they graduate."

Alison Henderson, iAnywhere UK Operations Director adds, "Our SQL Anywhere database is used by a wide range of organizations including Thomson Fly, Reed Elsevier and Wyeth Pharmaceuticals-proof that an extensive understanding of the SQL language can ensure career success within database management and synchronization technology."

About SQL Anywhere

SQL Anywhere is a comprehensive package that provides data management and enterprise data synchronization, enabling the rapid development and deployment of database-powered applications. SQL Anywhere extends information in corporate applications and enterprise systems to anywhere business takes place. With more than 10 million deployed seats and 20,000 developers, SQL Anywhere powers embedded database applications in server, desktop, mobile and remote office environments.

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About iAnywhere

iAnywhere enables success at the front lines of business. The company holds worldwide market leadership positions in mobile and embedded databases, mobile management and security, mobile middleware and synchronization, and Bluetooth(R) and infrared protocol technologies. Tens of millions of mobile devices, millions of subscribers, and 20,000 customers and partners rely on the company's "Always Available" technologies, including SQL Anywhere, Afaria, OneBridge, and the AvantGo mobile Internet service. iAnywhere is a subsidiary of Sybase, Inc. (NYSE: SY).

Sybase, iAnywhere, iAnywhere Solutions, SQL Anywhere, OneBridge, Afaria, and AvantGo are trademarks, registered trademarks or service marks of Sybase, Inc. or its subsidiaries. (R) indicates registration in the United States of America. All other company and product names mentioned may be trademarks of the respective companies with which they are associated.

Special Note: Statements concerning iAnywhere Solutions' product market, relationships with its customers and new products are forward-looking statements that involve a number of uncertainties and risks and cannot be guaranteed. Factors that could ultimately affect such statements are detailed from time to time in Sybase's Securities and Exchange Commission filings, including but not limited to its annual report on Form 10-K and its quarterly reports on Form 10-Q (copies of which can be viewed on the Company's web site).

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