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End of Life for Sybase’s Portal Product Suite

Sybase announced today that the end of life of the Portal Suite will occur on August 16, 2008. Normally end of life’s occur at the end of the month so I’m curious as to why the 16th was chosen.

To be honest, I never really liked the concept of a web portal as they seemed to be very dependent on java applets and active-x… many times they would either crash your browser or be very insecure as much of the traffic was unencrypted. Sybase’s implementation was better than most.

Portals have for the most part been replaced by AJAX enabled sites do more and require less of the browser. Granted, there are some real security issues with AJAX implementations (AJAX frameworks) that have yet to be addressed, so while the rush to convert to an AJAX powered web 2.0 site is occurring, I hope people do their best to secure them. Enough rambling.


Please do not ‘reply’ to this email as this is an automated notice. If you have any questions, please go to your local Technical Support Center at: www.sybase.com/contactus/support.
August 16, 2007

Dear Valued Sybase Customer,

This letter provides notification of the end of engineering support for the following Sybase product line.

Product Platform End of Engineering Support
Al for CORBA Win NT
08/16/08
Apache Web Server Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
Application Edition for Weblogic Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
Application Integrator for TIBCO Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Autonomy Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
Central Portal Plug-In Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Configuration Repository Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Configurator Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Application Edition All
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Information Edition Linux x86
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Testing Edition Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Windows x86
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Designer Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Developer Edition All
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Developer Edition for Weblogic Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Enterprise Edition Sun Solaris SPARC, Windows x86
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Enterprise Edition Weblogic Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Express Edition HP-UX-PA-RISC
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Fetch – Web Spider Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Information Edition Windows 2000
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Mainframe Connect Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Testing Edition All
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Testing Edition for Weblogic Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
Enterprise Portal Workplace Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
EP ASE_HA Key Sun Solaris SPARC, Win 2000
08/16/08
EP ASE_Java Key All
08/16/08
EP Foundation with Broadvision Win NT, Sun Solaris SPARC
08/16/08
EP Sample Application Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
EP Security Services Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Global Sort Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
Host Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Portal Management Services Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Portal Transition Manager Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08
Shared Component Not Platform Specific
08/16/08
Transparent Language – Enterprise Translation Server Win NT
08/16/08
XML Conversion Module Sun Solaris SPARC, Win NT
08/16/08

There are no Sybase licensed products that can fulfill the features of the product(s) listed above to provide a valid migration path.

After the end of the Sybase engineering support date, Sybase will continue to make interim releases available (i.e., updates, if any, developed for the product prior to the end of engineering support) as well as retain on-line technical documents related to the product(s) to assist you with technical issues. In addition to these resources, Sybase Technical Support may be provided under the Advanced Services offerings, for a fee, subject to the availability of knowledgeable resources. Sybase Professional Services would also be pleased to work with you to identify alternative means to achieve your business goals.

If you have any questions, please call your local Sybase Technical Support Center. One of our Customer Service representatives will respond to your questions or direct your call to someone who can. For the number of your closest Technical Support Center, please go to: www.sybase.com/contactus/support.

Thank you for your cooperation in this product transition. We regret any inconvenience that discontinuing this product may cause your organization. Our support staff is available to assist you in any way possible.

Sincerely,

Dimitri Volkmann
Direct of Product Management
Sybase, Inc.


Sybase, Inc.
One Sybase Drive
Dublin, CA 94568

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