Informix 14.10 - Client-SDK support for 32-bit applications
Many 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.
Setting up a secure SSL connection for Informix servers
In 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.
Informix Virtual Processor Core Licensing
Simplified licensing of CPU cores with Informix 14.10
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.
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)
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.
Download Informix 14.10 Solution Brief (PDF)