Microsoft Extends SQL Server Reach

Microsoft Corp. will extend the distributed capabilities of its SQL Server 2000 database to over 50 popular, proprietary databases and packaged applications, such as SAP R/3, SAP BW, J.D. Edwards, Siebel and PeopleSoft. The Redmond, Wash., company will accomplish this by hooking up with iWay Software, the duo announced on Tuesday.

iWay, an Information Builders company headquartered in New York, is providing Microsoft with its Universal Adapter Suite for SQL Server Data Transformation Services as a means of easing such data integration. The software is designed to integrate with legacy data for high-volume transactions and large data warehouses. The agreement also includes mainframe and legacy adapters for relational, hierarchical, network and file structures.

The companies will provide each other with marketing and sales support, iWay officials said.

The adapter is available immediately. Pricing starts at $2,000.

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