International Data Corporation (IDC), the premier provider of market intelligence, and advisory services for IT companies, has written an insightful white paper about the true cost of database ownership for companies: "Calculating the True Cost of RDBMS Ownership and How Sybase ASE Stacks Up: A Guide for SAP Business Suite Users."
IDC interviewed 12 large organizations with over 12,000 employees who have RDBMS systems, who are in a variety of industries. Six of the companies are running databases from multiple vendors.
Here are some of their conclusions. (Note: These findings are for a five year total cost per 100 users and a 240 gigabyte database).
Sybase ASE 15.7 total costs for the 5 years are $339,773. Using Sybase saved each of these 12 companies $128,580 over other RBDMS. These savings were reflected in IT staffing, hardware, software licenses, and database downtimes.
The following features contributed to this large cost savings:
- Automated functions for DBA’s
- Self-management capabilities for databases to tune themselves
- Data compression to reduce storage footprint
- Large object blocks (LOBs) stored in-row, rather than as separate objects.
- In-place execution of operations instead of using temp storage
After describing Sybase’s ability to lower the total costs of operation, IDC suggests that DBA’s need to:
- Review periodically the total costs of ownership for their RDBMS
- Use a 5-year time frame to understand the impact of growth on servers, storage, and fees for their RDBMS
- Collect information about other RDBMS products to be able to make good comparisons
- Be open to database conversion for software applications. It may not be as difficult or risky as you think.
IDC is careful to note that database products are constantly evolving. They suggest Sybase and their competitors need to keep addressing customer requirements to remain cost-competitive.
See (Sybase IDC Calculating the true cost of RDBMS) for the full article.
Our conclusion is: IDC paints an excellent picture for considering Sybase 15.7. They have a solid grasp on what’s important when considering TOC for databases. We’ll find out if Sybase can keep their cost-savings momentum. Right now, their strategy for keeping database technology costs low is winning them many new customers.