Informix@IBM - The Future did just begin
Informix@IBM - The Future did just begin
Last Update: 2009-06-14
- What happened at IBM ?
How does Informix move on ?
- IDS Version 11 (Cheetah)
- IDS Version 11.5 (Cheetah 2)
- IDS 11/11.5: Free Developer Edition
- IDS 11.5 port for MAC OS X 10.5
- IDS 11/11.5: New Redbooks
- IDS 11 Certification
- IBM Program: Ready for Informix
- IBM Migration Toolkit
- IDS Roadmap and Business Update 2008 and 2009
- Analyst Whitepapers/Articles
- New WW Informix Sales Team
- Informix Virtual Applicance released
- planetIDS.com Website launched
- Informix achieves highest customer satisfaction
- IBM offers IDS thru Amazon's Cloud Computing Platform
- IBM adds Data Warehouse Feature and Compression Technology
IBM realized the benefits of IDS and changed the strategy regarding their
database products. The merge of IDS and DB2 has been canceled.
Both data servers will be developed and promoted independently from each other
IDS is now on par with DB2 and both data servers will be positioned for
their respective target markets:
DB2 is the strategic data server for data warehousing and XML centric
IDS is the strategic data server for OLTP based environments where reliability,
scalability and high availability are the key points.
IDS is also - due to it's simplicity and robustness - IBM's preferred data server for integrated solutions.
Please also read also the IDS@IBM - The Positioning of a Cult Database article to learn more about IBM's data server strategy.
DB2 Brand gone
IBM renamed the brand DB2 Information Management Software to Information Management Software:
The brand renaming proves IBM's commitment to IDS and demonstrates the increasing influence of IDS inside IBM's Information Management Division.
The new magazine title emphasizes IBM's dual database strategy.
Letters from Ambuj Goyal
Ambuj Goyal, General Manager of the IBM Information Management Division, documented
IBM's support for Informix and further investments in the Informix technology in these
Key Engineers re-assigned to IDS
Many key kernel engineers have been re-assinged to IDS and are currently working
on Cheetah which is the codename of the major release of IDS. Take a
look at this interesting blog from an IBM employee:
This emphasizes the relevance of IDS for IBM's Information Management Division.
We will soon the results of the increased engineering power.
Double Digit License Revenue Growth in 2006, 2007 and 2008
The Informix business had a fantastic 30 % growth rate throughout 2006, 2007 and 2008. Rumors in the Informix Newsgroup say that IDS sells better than DB2 LUW.
IDS 11 (Codename Cheetah) has hit the road in 2007. This release contains a whole bunch of new functionality especially in the area of high availability. With the delivery of IDS 11 IBM makes clear that Informix is the data server of choice for environments that that need a real cluster database which provides outstanding reliability and scalability. A new web based administration tool called OAT (Open Admin Tool) has been released together with IDS 11. OAT is cost free and distributed under an open source license:
- IDS 11 - Press Releases
- IDS 11 - First Whispers, Open Beta, Ready to Market
- IDS 11 - Resource Outline
- Inside IDS V11 - Part 1
- Inside IDS V11 - Part 2
At the IIUG conference 2008 IBM announced IDS 11.5 (Codename: Cheetah 2), the next version of Informix Dynamic Server. IDS 11.5 offers full write support on any instance in a IDS cluster as well as a new connection manager for load balancing and automatic failover:
An overview about IDS 11.5 can be found here:
- DBTA Magazine: Inside Informix V11.5
- IBM Database Magazine: IDS 11.5 Boosts Informix's "Always On" Reputation
- IBM developerWorks: Replication technologies in IDS
IBM offers a brand new free version of IDS 11.1/11.5 for developers. The IDS Developer Edition contains the full Informix functionality including Enterprise Replication, HDR, Shared Disk Clustering, Datablades and many more. It is available for a broad range of platforms.
- Read more about the free IDS 11.1/11.5 Developer Edtion...
The Informix Zone powers a new Wiki that is focussed on the IDS 11 Developer Edition:
IBM has announced the porting of IDS to the MAC OS X 10.5 (Leopard) operating system. IDS 11.5 the successor of IDS 11.1 is available on the MAC platform:
Read more about this powerful combination here:
- Welcome to the Cat's party - Cheetah meets Leopard
- Cheetah Press Releases
- Download IDS 11.5 Developer Edition for the MAC platform
Brand new Redbooks about IDS Version 11 have been published. The title of the Redbook are IDS V11 - Advanced Functionality for Modern Business and IDS V11 - Extending Availability and Replication. The Redbooks offer an excellent overview about the outstanding technology of IDS V11.
- IDS V11 - Advanced Functionality for Modern Business
- IDS V11 - Extending Availability and Replication
- Security and Compliance Solutions for IBM IDS
- Customizing IDS for your Environment
IBM introduced a new professional certification exam titled IBM Certified System Administrator - IDS V11. This offers database professionals the ability to demonstrate their skills and gain this certification certificate which offers them new opportunities in a growing INFORMIX market.
- IDS 11 - Certification Preparation Tutorials
- IDS 11 - Certification Overview
- IDS 11 - A short report about my own Certification
The Informix Solution Portal lists software companies that provide solutions based on IDS as well as consulting companies and other IBM business partners.
The IBM Migration Toolkit contains several enhancements for migrating Oracle databases to IDS. There is no longer a preference for DB2. IBM lifted IDS on the same level as DB2, both a strategic data servers inside IBM's software portfolio.
Jerry Keesee - Director of the IBM Informix Lab - discusses the IDS Roadmap and the future plans of IBM regarding the INFORMIX technology in the following presentation:
Carl W. Olofson - IDC top database analyst - discusses the power and flexibility and self-managing capabilities of IDS, that distinguish it significantly from DB2.
David Norfolk - IDC senior analyst development - describes why IDS is an excellent alternative for ISV's seeking an high performance OLTP data server to integrate with their applications:
- The Power, Flexibility, and Self-Managing Capability of IDS
- The 451 Group report - IBM's Cheetah 2 Informix Database Proves That It's Good to Share
- Informix seeks developers
A new worldwide Informix Sales Team has been established in 2008. This again shows the increasing influence of Informix inside the IBM Information Management Division - Read more about it here...
Amazing news for developers ! The IBM/Informix team has created a virtual appliance based on VMWare and Suse Linux. The appliance allows developers to get familiar with INFORMIX technology and immediately start the development of applications that work with this superior IBM data server.
You can find more information about the IDS Virtual Appliance here:
Informix was the top rated vendor regarding customer satisfaction in Q3 2008 and has been selected as the vendor of the year by VendorRate with an exceptional performance in all areas:
- Guy Bowerman: Informix Cloud Computing with Amazon Web Services goes live
- Chat with the Lab: Virtualization and Cloud Computing
- IBM Informix Database in the Cloud
- Press Releases regarding the IBM/Amazon Cloud Computing Initiative
- Link Collection: Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS
- Cathy Elliot: Announcing Informix Warehouse and Deep Compression
- Press Releases regarding the Data Warehouse Feature and Compression
- PDF: IBM IDS Storage Optimization
- Link Collection: Data Warehouse Feature and Compression
It becomes clear that Informix is now an integral part of IBM's software portfolio. IDS is IBM's flagship data server for high end OLTP and integrated solutions. The outstanding Informix architecture and capabilities allows IBM to position IDS in market segments that could never be reached with DB2. More and more software companies realize the power and easiness of the Informix technology and integrate it in their innovative solutions. The future looks bright - IDS is everywhere !