Chapter 1Exploring the Sybase Galaxy

The times, they are a-changin’. This observation applies to relational database management systems as well. Historically, databases have revolved around structured data and how it is managed. The database administrator must now look beyond managing structured data and must now consider managing information.

Sybase rightly code-named the latest release of Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) “Galaxy.” We are moving beyond the world of data management as we know it and rocketing into the new galaxy of information management.

What is the difference between data and information? Data is simply the atomic component of information, whereas information is taking the data and making it mean something. As we begin ...

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