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CURSOR Service Distribution for IBM Databases

IBM Software and Service for Independent Software Vendors

 
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  • IBM software for integration into partner solutions (OEM/ASL/ESA for ISV's).
  • Special licensing and pricing models for software manufacturers and service providers.
  • We handle your enrollment to become an IBM Embedded Solution Software Partner.
 
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  • Services for the entire data management: planning, optimization, administration.
  • Competence from more than 25 years of database support and system-oriented development.
 
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  • Support requests and support concepts up to 7x24.
  • We have a direct line to the IBM and HCL support departments.
  • First-Aid Support for Informix - even without active IBM product maintenance.
 
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  • Administration and monitoring of IBM databases. 
  • Analysis, optimization, monitoring, support.
  • Admin-Scout - Best Practice Toolbox for Informix. 
  • Database and system monitoring with one central tool.
     

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IBM Informix webcasts and online presentations

Informix 14.10 for Application Development

Informix 14.10. WebcastsIBM Community Informix Webcast:
March 24, 2020 / 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (18:00 CET)

Summary:

The March webinar topic is Informix 14.10 for App Dev.

We hope your clients and your development team can join this session. We will discuss the connectivity options from your applications to your data, various drivers, new features and future direction for enabling applications and development.

Speaker:

Brian Hughes
Informix Software Engineer
HCL Software

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Admin-Scout 2.4 - Development and Release Steps

Admin-Scout 2.4
Development and Release Steps

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IBM Sub-Capacity licensing for Informix and Db2

IBM Sub-Capacity licensing for Informix and Db2

Processor-based licensing with full- and sub-capacity in virtual environments

processor sub-capacityIf Informix or DB2 are to be used in virtual environments, the question of how to calculate licenses quickly arises with processor-dependent licenses. Is a calculation based on logical resources sufficient or must the physical hardware be fully licensed?

IBM offers two concepts for this: Full-capacity for the licensing of the entire physical resources, sub-capacity for licensing using the resources of a virtual environment.

This article is a brief summary of the various IBM sources for licensing Informix or Db2 in virtual environments. It introduces the common processor-based licensing and the associated definitions for full- and sub-capacity. This article also provides a summary of the general requirements and important information about the verification requirements when using sub-capacity licensing.

Overview
  • Introduction Processor Core

  • VPC - Virtual Processor Core licensing

  • PVU - Processor Value Unit licensing
    PVU - licensing with full-capacity
    PVU - licensing with sub-capacity

  • LUS - Limited Use Socket licensing
    LUS - licensing, full- and sub-capacity

  • Sub-capacity licensing, general requirements and important verification requirements

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Informix 271 Could not insert new row - downtime prevented

Informix 271 could not insert new row -
downtime prevented

For our customers, we monitor existentially important and time-critical database systems.
For comprehensive monitoring and alerting, we naturally use our own tool, the Admin Scout for Informix.

In this real-life example, a parameter has reached the defined alarm threshold.
The Admin-Scout sends an e-mail to CURSOR Informix Support:

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Notification Type: PROBLEM
Service: informix-checkalert
Alert color: RED

Message:
database: tablename has 16777215 pages, free are 1248744 pages
pagesisze is 2k maximum is 16.7 Mio pages

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Meaning of the alarm

A table has allocated the maximum number of pages and the free pages are less than 10%.
As soon as the free pages are already used, all attempts to write to this table are aborted.

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References and examples for Informix Monitoring with CURSOR

Zufriedener Administrator, Informix Support mit CURSOR

Informix Monitoring - References and Examples

Here you will find special problems and their solutions - get an idea of our services!
  • We support customers who are active in security-relevant areas or customers who use Informix as a central and sensitive part of their data infrastructure. In this context, all examples were made anonymous.
  • For a personal reference, we will be happy to arrange direct contact for you - please contact us!

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IBM Db2 V11.5 Revised information - Announcement ENUSZP19-0640 (2019-10)

IBM Announcement ENUSZP19-0081IBM Announcement ZP19-0640 with revised information about IBM Db2 11.5. This announcement replaces the previous announcement ZP19-0261, dated 4 June 2019
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0640, dated October 29, 2019)

This announcement offers:

  • Introduction of the new Db2 editions for production and non-production deployment.
  • Correction of the data for the Db2 Community Edition,
    allowed for productive use but no support, replacement of the Db2 Lite Edition.
  • Overview about Db2 11.5 enhancements and improvements.
  • Program charges – Description of Virtual Processor Core Licensing.
  • Migration Entitlements and movement of previous editions to Db2 11.5.
  • Supporting program update (Advance Recovery Feature, Q-Replication Feature …)
    and a list of discontinued features (IBM MQ, IBM Cognos Analytics, …).
  • Db2 and hybrid data management (Hybrid Data Management Platform offering).
  • Charge metric and License Information.

Read the excerpts about the new editions and the replacement of the Db2 Workgroup Edition
(For a complete overview please use the link to the PDF download at the end of this article)

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Informix V14.10.xC2 Editions offer extended Limits

Informix V14.10.xC2 Editions offer extended Limits

Informix 14.10. extended limitsInformix Release 14.10.xC2 of September 2019

For the Informix Developer, Informix Express and Informix Innovator-C Editions, IBM increases CPU and memory usage limits with release 14.10xC2.

The increase makes Informix even more attractive for small and medium-size applications.

The upgrade was made without a special announcement - through changes in the license terms with the release of Informix 14.10.xC2.

Customers who upgrade to this version with a new license or an update as part of their product maintenance, will benefit from the enhancements. The extensions do not apply to older releases, also because the limits are fixed in the source.

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IBM Db2 Workgroup replaced by Db2 Standard Edition V11.5

IBM Db2 Workgroup replaced by Db2 Standard Edition V11.5

IBM announces important changes in the Db2 portfolio with Announcement  ZP19-0261 and  ZP19-081 of June 4, 2019

IBM will offer the Db2 database system only over three editions:

The Db2 Standard and Db2 Advanced Edition will be licensed only through the Virtual Processor Core Metric (VPC)
(or for non-productive systems by Authorized Users). For existing licensing, conversions to VPCs will be provided.

The Db2 Workgroup Edition is currently in conversion. No new licenses will be offered for it and from 1.11.2019 no maintenance extensions will be offered. There will be a conversion to the Db2 Standard Edition and VPC licensing.

Customers using Db2 Workgroup Edition now have to check their current and future licensing.
After a conversion to VPC licensing, they may be significantly underlicensed!

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IBM Db2 V11.5 Enhancements - Announcement ENUSZP19-0261 (2019-06)

IBM Announcement ENUSZP19-0081IBM Db2 V11.5 delivers enhancements to help automate data management, eliminate ETL, and support artificial intelligence data workloads
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP19-0261, dated June 4, 2019)

The IBM Db2 family of hybrid data management solutions is built on an intelligent common SQL engine that is designed for scalability and flexibility and to run on premises, in private, and on any public cloud. Db2 uses open source technology and provides a singular view of data, enabling businesses to automate data management, eliminate ETL, and support artificial intelligence (AI) data workloads.

IBM Db2 V11.5 offers database efficiency, simplicity, and reliability in the form of new features and enhancements that address a wide variety of business requirements. Robust enterprise security, simplified installation and deployment, improved usability and adoption, a streamlined upgrade process, enhancements to large databases, and improvements to BLU Acceleration are the key benefits of this technology:

  • 4K sector support
  • Improved CF recovery time
  • New monitoring metrics
  • Automatic Recompress feature for tables
  • Call level interface (CLI) driver enhancements

Other enhancements to the IBM Hybrid Data Management Platform include:

  • New version of IBM Db2 Event Store 2.0.
  • Application compatibility, standardized API, flexible licensing, and operational compatibility with the Db2 family (now part of the same Common SQL Engine capabilities).

One of the most significant impacts for Db2 customers is the introduction of three new editions that will gradually replace the existing editions from summer 2019. The Db2 portfolio will be based on the Db2 Lite Edition, Db2 Standard Edition and Db2 Advanced Edition. Besides Authorized User Licensing for non-production environments, Virtual Processor Client Licensing will be an unified licensing metric.

Part number description
Part number
Pogram ID
IBM Db2 Advanced Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233MLL 5737-K73
IBM Db2 Advanced Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5ULL 5737-K73
IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233RLL 5737-K74
IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5WLL 5737-K74
IBM Db2 Lite Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Monthly License
D233XLL 5737-K75
IBM Db2 Developer C
Authorized User
Monthly License
D2340LL 5737-K75
IBM Hybrid Data Management Platform
On-Premise Authorized User
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233VLL 5737-K76
IBM Hybrid Data Management Platform
On-Premise Authorized User
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5YLL 5737-K76
Examples for some selected DB2 products, please read the full announcement for a complete overview!

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IBM Software Withdrawal ZP19-0081 (2019-06)

IBM Announcement ENUSZP19-0081Software withdrawal: IBM Db2 product family selected part numbers
(IBM Europe Withdrawal Announcement ZP19-081, dated June 4, 2019)

Clients with existing entitlements to the Db2 Workgroup Server Edition will receive a corresponding number of entitlements to the Db2 Standard Edition. For some clients, these entitlement ratios will potentially not be sufficient to cover the current set of Db2 deployments. For these clients, contact an IBM representative to ensure the correct number of entitlements for your current deployments as of April 30, 2019 are fully licensed.

Effective June 4, 2019, IBM will withdraw from marketing part numbers from the following programs licensed under the IBM International Program License Agreement:

Examples for some selected DB2 products, read the full announcement for a complete overview!
Withdrawn part number description
Part number
Withdrawal
Replacemet part number description
Part number
Avialability
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Authorized User Single Install
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D5B77LL Sept. 2, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233RLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Authorized User Single Install
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal
E1B79LL Nov. 1, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5WLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Limited Use Socket
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D0A1LLL Sept. 2, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233RLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Limited Use Socket
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal
E07BQLL Nov. 1, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5WLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Processor Value Unit (PVUs)
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D55TWLL Sept. 2, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233RLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
PVU Option Processor Value Unit (PVU)
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal
E024RLL Nov. 1, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5WLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Virtual Server
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D1MHTLL Sept. 2, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
D233RLL June 27, 2019
IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition
Virtual Server
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0MKTLL Nov. 1, 2019 IBM Db2 Standard Edition
VPC Option Virtual Processor Core
Annual SW Subscription & Support Renewal 12 Months
E0Q5WLL June 27, 2019
Examples for some selected DB2 products, read the full announcement for a complete overview!

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Announcement of IBM price adjustments for Informix 14.10

Announcement of IBM price adjustments for Informix 14.10

PreisupdateIBM announces worldwide price adjustments for its software portfolio with an announcement on September 10th. This includes Informix products from January 1, 2020.

For sales within the Federal Republic of Germany, Informix prices will be increased by approximately 3%. This applies to both new licenses and product maintenance (renewals).

Registered visitors can view IBM's prices for Informix 14.10 here!

An excerpt from the announcement can be found here:

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Informix 14.10 - Informix Client-SDK support for 32-bit applications

Informix 14.10 - Client-SDK support for 32-bit applications

toolsMany applications based on Informix have two things in common: existential importance for the company and exceptionally long periods of use. It is not surprising that many long-established solutions are available as 32-bit versions.

With the introduction of Informix 14.10 in April 2019 and the current Client-SDK 4.5, HCL and IBM no longer offer 32-bit portings for the new versions.

For software engineering reasons, many 32-bit applications can only be ported to 64-bit with great effort. Will these applications not be able to run on Informix 14.10 in the future?

The main question is, will 32-bit applications continue to be supported, and if so, for how long?

CURSOR recognized this problem early and pointed out the need for a solution to IBM and HCL.

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Admin-Scout 2.3 - New Scheduler Module

Admin-Scout 2.3 - New Scheduler Module

schweissen 600x400cWe asked the question, which areas of an Informix database system have to be administered manually and where is it possible to set up an automated administration? The goal is to achieve increasing automation and independent optimization of the system through an interaction of sensors and tasks.

An important aspect here is the administration of the internal database processes. Senior administrators still know how to set up recurring tasks via a cronjob. Today's Informix editions offer independent job management, including the creation of custom tasks and sensors with dedicated result tables and reports.

Informix provides an SQL API and corresponding commands as a basis for setting up tasks. If you are an Informix administrator and are rarely concerned with setting up and managing tasks and sensors, you will find that this can quickly become a complex challenge. Therefore, in the new version of our Admin-Scout, we have intensively addressed the topic of a task scheduler and developed a new Admin-Scout module for the administration of tasks and sensors.

The new Admin-Scout 2.3 Scheduler module offers a centralized administration of all tasks and sensors

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Admin-Scout 2.3 - Overview new features in version 2.3

Admin-Scout 2.3 - Overview new features in version 2.3

Informix secure SSL connectionAlready in the last versions many improvements were introduced for the security of the Admin Scout. It was very important for us that during a login no more passwords are transferred between Admin-Scout and the browser.

Version 2.3 continues our efforts to provide increased security against data spying between Informix Server and client or our Admin-Scout.

Overview of the new features:
  • https port is now active - generating of a self-signed certificate.
  • Setting up an encrypted SSL connection on the database port.
  • Easier selection of instances - access to instances of different groups.
  • Autologon-Feature – automatic connection to a standard instance.
  • New Scheduler module - all Scheduler modules are now available in one place.
  • New module Cluster Configuration.
  • New module DBSpace Layout History.
  • Backup/Restore now with SQL Editor Files.
  • Additional reporting on the InformixHQ Monitoring Database.

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Setting up a secure SSL connection for Informix servers and clients

Setting up a secure SSL connection for Informix servers
and clients

Informix SSLIn public, but also in private networks, there is a potential risk that a connection between a database server and a client can be intercepted.

The best way to prevent eavesdropping is to establish an encrypted connection. Informix provides an easy way to set up secure SSL connections. Server and clients have a private key that is exchanged before the connection is established. The key is stored both on the server and on the client in an encrypted keystore.

This article describes how to set up a secure SSL connection for Informix servers and clients with a few commands.

The starting point for this article is based on the development of the CURSOR Admin-Scout. Informix administration with the Admin-Scout is done classically via a server-client connection. For us it was an important concern to secure this connection according to approved techniques. The second part of this article therefore describes how to set up an SSL connection between the database server and the Admin-Scout.

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Informix Virtual Processor Core Licensing

Informix Virtual Processor Core Licensing

Simplified licensing of CPU cores with Informix 14.10Informix Virtual Processor Core Licensing

With the release of Informix 14.10, IBM offers a new licensing option. Except for special licensing models for ASL/ESA resellers, Informix installations are usually licensed by user or processor power.

Many sales partners criticize the licensing according to Processor Value Unit calculation (PVU licensing), as too complicated and too little comparable in their calculations. In software projects, the target platform is often still uncertain in the offer phase. PVU licensing cannot be offered to potential customers because the basis for a calculation is not known at this point.

Here, the new licensing of processor cores now offers a more reasonable alternative, which impresses with its simplicity of evaluation and price advantages over PVU licensing.

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European IBM Informix Days 2019

European IBM Informix Days 2019IBM Informix Tage 2019

June 3 and 4 at the IBM Watson IoT Center in Munich

This year IBM is offering an international event for Informix customers from the European countries.

The two-day event scores with contributions directly from the Informix development and support departments. Among others, Informix Chief Architect, Shawn Moe, will present new features that are included in the recently released Informix Version 14.10.

Like the Informix Technology Days of the last few years, there will be in-depth lectures on technical topics. This also includes examples of new applications from Informix - especially from the Internet of Things (IoT) area. Best practice reports, directly from Informix users, complete the conference program.

On the evening of the first day a dinner is planned to enhance the networking between the participants.

Take advantage of the many opportunities to share experiences not only with other Informix customers and partners, but also with IBM and HCL employees.

Invited are all customers, partners and interested parties who are in contact with IBM Informix. As this year's event is aimed at participants from all over Europe, the presentations will be in English.

The event is free of charge, no participation fees will be charged.
Please register as soon as possible for the European IBM Informix Days 2019!

Of course the Informix team of CURSOR Service Distribution will also participate in this event.

We look forward to meeting you and invite you to join us for some exciting discussions about the use and the administration of Informix!

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IBM Cognos pricing information 2020

IBM Cognos - price information 2020

Below mentioned list contains the basic product prices of the IBM.

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Informix pricing information 2020

Informix pricing information 2020

Below mentioned list contains the basic product prices of the IBM.

2020

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IBM Informix 14.10 - Overview / IBM Solution Brief

IBM Informix 14.10 - Overview / IBM Solution Brief

Just in time for the release of Informix 14.10, IBM has published a new data sheet for Informix. Read an introduction to performance, enterprise replication, security or smart triggers enhancements - and why Informix is the key database for IOT projects!

You can also download and view the data sheet here.

The high-performance, low-footprint
database for analytics on the edge,
in the cloud and on premises

IBM Informix delivers:

  • Powerful, optimized time series and geospatial data management
  • Automated administration and self-management features
  • Footprints under 100 MB for easy IoT gateway embedding
  • IBM InformixHQ for collaboration and management across multiple instances
  • Integrated in-memory warehouse accelerator (Advanced Enterprise)
IBM Informix 14.10 IBM Solution Brief - Download

Enterprise databases have always been strong when it comes to fast transaction processing and continuous data availability. Informix does this with minimal administration and the highest level of security - in a legendary way.

The Internet of Things (IoT) means new challenges, also for databases. In the future, companies will be confronted with a flood of different data and formats that can be used for analytical monitoring or as a controlling resource.

Many companies have chosen Informix, a solution capable of meeting all their transactional and analytical needs in the enterprise environment as well as in the Internet of Things context. IBM Informix is an easy to integrate, powerful database for processing SQL, NoSQL, JSON, time series or geodata as they occur in the IoT environment. Informix is up and running in minutes and accessible from virtually any desktop, laptop or mobile device. Even when deployed on thousands of devices worldwide, Informix is easy to install and manage. Minimal installation sizes - in some cases less than 100 MB - and the ability to run on distributed devices with a variety of automated management capabilities, make Informix ideal for integration into embedded systems or IoT edge gateways.

Download the IBM Informix 14.10 data sheet here!
In addition to detailed information on the new features, you will also find a table that compares the current editions, Express, Workgroup, Enterprise and Advanced Enterprise.

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