From Sybase iAnywhere:
SQL Anywhere provides data management and exchange technologies designed for database-powered applications that operate in frontline environments without onsite IT support. It offers enterprise-caliber features in a database that is easily embedded and widely deployed in server, desktop, remote office and mobile applications. SQL Anywheres data exchange technologies extend information in corporate applications and enterprise systems to databases running in mission-critical frontline environments. Design and management tools within SQL Anywhere enable developers to implement and deploy frontline applications and equip administrators to easily manage and support them.
SQL Anywhere 12 continues to break the barriers of taking enterprise data outside the data center with over 200 new features and enhancements including embedded full-text search on the handheld to server, first relational database and synchronization technology for the BlackBerry, first GA product to support .NET Entity Framework and Entities LINQ support.
SQL Anywhere is optimized for mission-critical database applications running outside traditional data center environments requiring little or no onsite IT support. SQL Anywhere 12, the newest release, provides major new enhancements including; support for storage and synchronization of spatial data, iPhone devices, large-scale synchronization environments, and new self-management features.
Spatial support to enable tracking, location aware querying, data management and synchronization of spatial data; support for OGC and SQLMM standards for spatial data types and APIs, native import for shape files and built in functions to export to KML, GML and SVG formats.
Scale-out support to allow high transaction volume database servers to offload read-only and reporting transactions to a self-managing tree of scale-out servers.
Mobility tools to effectively manage, monitor, diagnose and deploy large scale sync environments on various device platforms, the addition of iPhone support in SQL Anywhere 12 makes Sybase the only database vendor to provide such capabilities for Blackberry, Windows Mobile and iPhone.
Self-management innovations such as server thread auto-tuning that automatically adapts to changing workloads, self-healing statistics management, and synchronization dynamic cache sizing for environments where resources are changing in real-time and DBA intervention is not readily available.
Developer productivity enhancements including new Oracle/MySQL compatibility; support for .NET 4.0 and Visual Studio 2010; and enhanced full-text search filtering capabilities.