At the IOD 2007 conference IBM has announced a free IDS Developer Edition. Read more about this interesting offer here:
Please visit the Cheetah Resource Outline. Here you will find an overview about all public available information regarding the Cheetah release.
IBM will provide free web based trainings covering dedicated Cheetah topics:
The next drop of the Open Beta software is available at:
It contains the following new features:
The new IDS Admin tool is also available for download at the above mentioned Cheetah Open Beta download site.
The open beta program has been started by IBM. Everybody is now able to download and test IBM's next generation data server. The start of the open beta and a new cooperation with AMD and Novell (Suse Linux) has been covered in several press articles. More information can be found here:
You might already heard the word Cheetah in conjunction with Informix.
But how do they relate ?
What is the idea behind the term Cheetah ?
As everybody knows Cheetah is the name of an animal, a fast animal, to be more precisely it is the fastest animal running on earth.
Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) is the name of a database, a powerful and extremly fast database, probably the most powerful database available today.
Cheetah is the codename of the next generation of IBM's flagship data server IDS - a perfect match.
The closed beta program for Cheetah has already started. According to the Executive Roundtable webcast an open beta is planned for the first quarter of the next year. This means everybody can download the Cheetah beta code and test the phenomenal new features of the upcoming IDS release. The final version is planned to be released in the middle of 2007.
IBM will deliver some phenomenal new features in the Cheetah release which is planned to be released in the middle of 2007. Those features will further enhance and strenghten the outstanding capabilities of IDS:
Many companies from different industries rely on IDS for their critical business systems since several years. IDS delivers them a real business advantage and with the upcoming Cheetah release IDS positions itself (once again) as probably the only real alternative to old bull Oracle.
I'm currently involved in the closed beta program and I can tell you:
Cheetah looks promising, very very promising !!
Due to a non-disclosure agreement I'm not allowed to publish any details about Cheetah as long as the open beta has not been started. However IBM has already published some of the (possible) upcoming features. Here is a short overview about the features IBM already talked about:
Fernando Nunes did an interesting sum up about three possible Cheetah features in his blog, please read Here comes the Cheetah.
It is important to note that all the features listed are subject to change.
Looking for official information from IBM about Cheetah ? Take this link:
Watch this interesting video about the hunter and the prey:
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab, gave an introduction to Cheetah in the famous Chat with the Lab webcast series:
Talk with your management and your colleagues about Cheetah. Show them that the future of IDS looks brighter than ever with the promising Cheetah release. Tell them that IDS is a strategic key product for IBM and show them The Informix Zone.
Please also read the article 2007 - The comeback of a cult database.