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  • Db2 Edition V11.5 (18.10.2019)
  • Db2 WE Withdrawal (04.10.2019)
    Withdrawal IBM Db2 Workgroup Server Edition - replacement by Db2 Standard Edition (VPC)
  • Db2 Workgroup VPC (18.10.2019)
  • Informix 14.10 Limits (25.10.2019)
    Extension of limits for Developer-, Express- and Innovator-C Edition
  • Informix 14 CSDK 32-Bit Support (05.08.2019)
    Support for 32-bit applications continued under Informix 14.10 - CURSOR contributes to clarification
  • Informix SSL Connection (15.05.2019)
    How to set up a secure SSL connection for Informix servers and clients with a few commands
  • Informix VPC Lizenzierung (03.05.19)
    Virtual Processor Core - the most useful alternative in processor licensing Informix
  • Informix 14 Datenblatt (12.04.19)
    Actual IBM Solution Brief for Informix 14.10 - download here!
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IBM Db2 Base Edition V11.5.4 - Announcement ZP20-0214 (2020-05)

IBM Announcement ENUSZP19-0081IBM Db2 Base Edition 
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP20-0214, dated May 26, 2020)

Overview

Db2 11.5.4 extends its offering portfolio with the introduction of the new IBM Db2 Base Edition V11.5.4 as perpetual and monthly software licenses for production and nonproduction use. Db2 Base Edition is designed for small-to-medium-sized projects and to help developer and business partner communities. While Db2 Base Edition offers the same functionality as the IBM Db2 Advanced and IBM Db2 Standard editions, it is restricted in the size of the deployment.

Db2 Base Edition can use a maximum of 8 Virtual Processor Cores and 64 GB of RAM.

Db2 11.5.4 for Linux, UNIX, and Windows brings more flexibility with an improved portfolio that features a simplified set of four editions with one charge metric for production. The four editions are:

  • Db2 Community Edition.
  • Db2 Base Edition.
  • Db2 Standard Edition.
  • Db2 Advanced Edition.

All four editions have the full feature capabilities of Db2, making it easier to choose the right edition with the capabilities and tools that are required to meet your organization's data management needs.

For more details and the limits of each edition, please download and read the full Announcement here.

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International Informix Users Group (IIUG) - Übersicht News und Events

IBM User Group Day - May 19 & 20, 2020

IIUG International Informix Users GroupHello IIUG Members and Informix Enthusiasts!

You are invited!

Join IBM for User Group Day, a unique virtual experience. IBM is uniting over a dozen IBM User Groups for a 2-day virtual conference with 6 tracks each day featuring user groups, offering management, developers and support staff with expert advice, lessons, demos, keynotes, feedback sessions, and more. Learn more about the technologies you use every day, start a conversation, ask questions, or find new User Groups to connect with.

Technical sessions, more than 15 different areas, ranging from AI, Automation, Cloud Integration, Cloud Pak for Data, Cognos, DataOps, Data Science, Db2, IBM Z, Informix, Maximo, Netcool, Netezza, Open Source, Planning Analytics, Public Cloud, Security, Storage and Websphere and more. This may be the largest IBM Community Virtual event all year! No matter your technology, tool, or proficiency, you will find something here to grow your skill set.

Summary

  • There are four very good Informix sessions scheduled for May 19 from 12:30 PM to 4:30 PM Eastern.
  • There are other sessions of interest to all especially Informix world from Open Source.
  • Guardium (one of the best Database security tools).
  • Cognos (we all need reports).
  • An announcement of a new AI product, Public Cloud and many more points of interest.
  • This event also features two keynotes from IBM Senior Vice Presidents Tom Rosamilia (May 19) and Rob Thomas (May 20).

Live sessions will be from 8 AM (08:00) to 4:30 PM (16:30) Eastern Time US and replays of all sessions will be available.

Please share this event and leverage your co-workers, friends and online social channels to help us promote IBM User Group Day.

Get the full IBM User Group Day agenda and register for free visit here!

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IBM Informix webcasts and online presentations

Informix 14.10 Now Supports Common Table Expressions!

Informix 14.10. WebcastsIBM Community Informix Webcast:
Tuesday, May 26, 2020, 19:00 (CEST) / (01:00 PM EDT)

Summary:

Common Table Expressions (CTE) are a SQL standard feature, CTE simplify queries and make queries more readable. Use recursive CTE to query hierarchical data, and tree/graph structured data. Also, you can do programming tasks with CTE.

Join this session to hear more about and see a demo with Informix 14.10 release support of:

  • Non-recursive CTE
  • Recursive CTE
  • Nested recursive CTEs in one query
  • CTE with Insert, Update, Delete statements

Speaker:

Jinming Xiao
Informix SQL/Optimizer Engineer
HCL Software

Jinming Xiao joined Informix on 1999, has been working on different Informix components like security, networking, and SQL/optimizer.

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Informix Roadmap

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IBM Informix Release Roadmap – Update March 2020

Planning for Q2 and the second half of 2020

  • Informix 14.10 for IBM Cloud Pack available
  • 14.10.xC4 Fixpack with improved backup functions for secondary’s
  • LinuxONE Platform Support
  • Last cumulative fix release for Informix 11.70
  • ...

Innovations for 2021 (under investigation)

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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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IBM Db2 licence texts

IBM Db2 licence texts

Here you find a selection of actual license texts to the IBM DB2 products.

When it comes to the details licensing can be a complicated, yet rewarding subject. The right licensing creates security for the application and cost benefits in their use.

If for existing or planned installations, we advise you willingly if you have license questions to DB2.

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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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    News from the Admin-Scout development and use in Informix Monitoring
    Presentation of new features, application examples and solutions for Informix administration with the Admin Scout.
 
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  • CURSOR Service Distribution addresses technology partners who integrate IBM database software into their solutions. This requires a deeper technical understanding of the products. This is where CURSOR Service Distribution differs from other distributors.
  • We make this technical know-how generally available within the scope of our services. In the Service Distribution section, we have added a few articles specifically for Informix Monitoring, Services for Informix and Workshops for Informix.
 
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