Call for SAP Directors: A new RS licensing model to benefit customers in ASE migration

I have been in this situation numerous times:  a customer has to upgrade its ASE server.  Decision makers sit down to negotiate possible upgrade paths. Downtime is measured for each.  Risks are carefully calculated.  The best upgrade path turns out to be using replication server for upgrade.  Zero downtime.  Perfect downgrade path.  Risk low.  Everyone seems to be happy – except for CFO:  rep server costs are XX$K per core.  At least a dozen of rep server cores are needed to pull the upgrade. The best upgrade path is turned down – again.

I was wondering if someone at SAP managerial level might have picked up this challenge and came out with a new licensing model for rep server which would make rep server available for existing ASE customers for a special price for the duration of upgrade.  It will definitely boost the product appeal.  More customers will get exposed to it.  Existing customers will feel taken care of.  SAP will put more $$ into its budget.  Looks like win-win situation to me.

Anyone at SAP bold enough to take the challenge?


  1. Hi Andrew,

    We are planning to upgrade ASE 15.5 to 16. Could you pls. let us know the license cost for 16 core, does it come with cluster edition and can configure for 2 nodes and the license cost different for ASE cluster edition. Could you pls. share the site where I can check.
    Thanks in advance

    1. I’m afraid the only place to check ASE pricing is talking to your local SAP sales person. There is little difference in ASE 15 to ASE 16 in terms of prices – basic pricing is still in place. More features means more additional licensing options. I’d talk to your sales rep about platform edition. It does not cover clustering but it has a bunch of other good stuff added in.
      Sorry I cant advise you further than this :(.
      Enjoy ASEing….

  2. Hi Andrew,

    I ahave target ASE 16 with 4k page, Want to load Database dump from ASE 15.5 of 2K page size. But getting error as page size is differnt so restore is not happening in target environmet. As I know that ther are possibilities that can be done to restore on ASE 15.7 onwards but not sure.

    But sybmigrate helps to change page size in target from 4K to 2K to restore the DB and then again we can change the page size to 4k in target i.e. ASE 16.

    Could pls let me know how sybmigrate helps to change that with example.

    Thanks in adavance.

  3. your response is really important for me to take decision.

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