Apple continues to attract the products, developers and credibility it requires to emerge as a serious option for corporate users in the market for infrastructure products.

With the release of Xserve G5's, Apple has taken another step closer in its bid to woo such users, with Sybase announcing that the latest version of its enterprise-class relational database management system, Sybase Adaptive Server Enterprise (ASE) 12.5.1, will run on Mac OS X 10.3 Panther Server.

Sybase senior vice president and general manager Dr Raj Nathan said: "ASE for Panther combines the best of both worlds: Sybase's high performance, scalable database and Apple's legendary ease of use."

"This release demonstrates our continued commitment to provide the Mac community with data-management solutions that offer the best performance with the best use of resources, both systems and people."

Sybase's software has already proved itself one of the most cost-effective data management systems for business-critical computing", the company claimed.

OneStep Solutions, a Sybase client, tested Mac OS X Server against configurations from other vendors – company CEO David Knight said: "ASE 12.5.1 under Mac OS X 10.3 beat the others on price/performance by a factor of three. This performance pairing has opened a number of new opportunities for us from lowering the entry price of our solutions to cost-effective backup and reporting servers and the orders are already rolling in. Combining increased sales with the lower development and support costs that Sybase ASE on Apple's Mac OS X offers is going to improve our bottom line significantly."

Sybase ASE 12.5.1 for Mac OS X is now available, with prices starting at $1,495.