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ASE migration path

2 posts in Product Futures Discussion Last posting was on 2006-04-22 13:00:50.0Z
Carl Kayser Posted on 2006-03-23 17:59:55.0Z
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I've got a bunch of 12.5.3 servers and EOL won't be until 2008Q3 or later.
So, we'll probably think of migration plans next year. But, wait, there
will 12.5.4 this summer and will have some security conveniences that would
be useful (see "sybase security" on the ase.general forum dated 3/23). So,
do I start thinking about 12.5.4, 15.0, or 15.1? Will new features in
12.5.4 also be in 15.0? in 15.1? Will there be a 12.5.5?

In other words, will Sybase provide some info on the short and long-term
options for ASE and what should be the factors in our decision-making?


Carl Kayser Posted on 2006-04-22 13:00:50.0Z
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"Carl Kayser" <kayser_c@bls.gov> wrote in message
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> I've got a bunch of 12.5.3 servers and EOL won't be until 2008Q3 or later.
> So, we'll probably think of migration plans next year. But, wait, there
> will 12.5.4 this summer and will have some security conveniences that
> would be useful (see "sybase security" on the ase.general forum dated
> 3/23). So, do I start thinking about 12.5.4, 15.0, or 15.1? Will new
> features in 12.5.4 also be in 15.0? in 15.1? Will there be a 12.5.5?
>
> In other words, will Sybase provide some info on the short and long-term
> options for ASE and what should be the factors in our decision-making?
>
>
>

I've received a satisfactory response from the local Sybase reps:

I have summarized the responses (to your questions) I got back from ASE
Engineering.
1) You asked about new features in ASE 12.5.4 ...
This release is intended to meet the immediate needs of existing 12.5.x
customers.
New features in 12.5.4 are:

o Archive Database Access (Offline consistency checks, Object Level
Restore)
o Native encryption (is already in 15.0 as well)
o IPv6 support on some platforms
o MQ series support for RTDS
o LDAP authentication support for some additional platforms
o Any significant 12.5 codeline bug fixes
o Additional password complexit rules
o Native XML for additional platforms

Some of these features (such as Archive Database Access) are not currently
in ASE 15.0 codeline, but all are expected to be pulled into ASE15 codeline
*around* Q1 2007 and offered as part of 15.0.2.

As you know, 12.5.4 is expected to be EOL'd Sep. 2008.

So, unless you are specifically interested and have immediate need for the
above features available via 12.5.4, Engineering strongly recommends moving
to ASE15 (which offers a whole slew of additional features as you might be
well aware of).

2) Timeline for release of 15.1 ...

The 15.1 final schedule is still being nailed down.
3) You asked about User Defined Functions ...
Engineering expects User Defined Functions (UDF) to be available via an
earlier ASE 15 release ... before 15.1.
Note: 15.1 is essentially the Shared Disk Cluster release