How Informix can fit Your Database Needs
IBM Systems Magazine Article - Ken Milberg (March 2018)
When most people hear that an IBM database is being evaluated, they naturally think of Db2. While that may be a natural reflex of sorts, IBM has expanded its database offerings over the years with Informix, Netezza and Cloudant—the first of which will be discussed in this article.
Informix is perhaps best known best for being used in high transaction OLTP application environments. In recent years it has been enhanced to support the largest of data warehouse workloads. In 2017, IBM and HCL technologies agreed to a 15-year partnership to co-develop and support the product.
- Why use Informix and what does it do for you?
- How has it evolved and what is it today?
Software withdrawal and support discontinuance:
IBM Cognitive Solutions, IBM Hybrid Cloud & Managed Services, IBM Watson & Cloud Platform, IBM Industry Platforms, and IBM Z select products and part numbers - Some replacements available
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP17-0450, dated September 12, 2017)
Part of this withdrawal:
Informix Workgroup Limited Use Socket License from marketing
IBM Informix WRKGRP Edition
CPU Option Limited Use Socket License + SW Subscription & Support 12 Months
December 12, 2017
IBM Informix WRKGRP Edition
CPU Option Limited Use Socket SW Subscription & Support Reinstatement 12 Months
December 12, 2017
IBM IoT Service Offerings
help you design and build Internet of Things solutions
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP17-0313, dated June 13, 2017)
With IBM(R) IoT Service Offerings, IBM provides remote consulting based on the IBM Design Thinking methodology to help you identify Internet of Things (IoT) solution areas that have the greatest value. Design Thinking is the IBM approach to developing solutions at the speed and scale the modern enterprise demands. It is a framework for teaming and action.
IBM IoT Service Offerings consists of two offerings:
• In the IBM IoT Design Thinking Workshop, IBM will help you identify your highest-priority IoT use cases and define a minimum viable product (MVP).
• With the IBM IoT MVP Build-up, IBM will help you validate your IoT solution and create an implementation plan for your MVP.
These offerings are delivered remotely.
Informix Technology Day 2017
Pradeep Muthalpuredathe / Director - WW Informix Engineering
Pradeep Muthalpuredathe present the basics of the collaboration between IBM and HCL and the roadmap for the coming years at the Informix technology day.
HCL has taken over development and support on May 1. Most of the development and support staff have agreed to a change to HCL so that the usual contacts and existing structures are available to customers.
For IBM Informix customers nothing changes in the licensing or maintenance. IBM will continue to sell Informix through the IBM channel.
We asked Informix users, IBM partners and employees about their views on the IBM/HCL partnership. The responses were very positive because it is a long-term partnership and a god perspective for the future of Informix.
Key Highlights / part of presentation Pradeep Muthalpuredathe
IBM Informix – HCL IP Partnership (April-28-2017)
Dear Informix Partners,
below we share actual news about the IBM/HCL Informix partnership, provided today by Tomas Escobar
(WW Sales and Strategy Leader, DB2 and Informix).
Your CURSOR Service Distribution Team
Informix Development and support teams will move to HCL and HCL will further accelerate Informix development work.
Nothing changes for existing customers - and there is a guarantee for next 15 years of continued Informix availability, enhancements and support.
IBM did not sell the IP, not the product, not the source code - we did not sell the Informix business.
IBM remains the point of contact for sales, contracting, licensing, pricing, support towards customers. IBM product lifecycle policies remain unchanged for Informix.
IBM and HCL Strategic Partnership to
jointly develop and market IBM Informix (April-17-2017)
I have some very exciting news to share with you today. I am very pleased to announce that IBM and HCL are entering a strategic partnership to jointly develop and market the IBM Informix family of products.
We are building on a history of collaboration between the two companies. The new partnership combines IBM’s large Informix customer base and global sales force with HCL’s leadership in the IT services sector – accelerating the investments, evolution and adoption of Informix as a leading database – and further address the needs of an embedded database.
Effective May 1, 2017, HCL will take over development and support of the Informix product family. Product strategy, marketing and sales efforts continue to be led by IBM with HCL participating and expanding routes to market. Experience for customers remains unchanged. Existing customer agreements, first point of contact, new licenses or extensions to existing entitlements continue to be through IBM.
Let me close by expressing again my personal excitement about this new partnership as it will lead to new innovations, more delighted clients and more opportunities for our employees and partners.
Dan Hernandez, VP Offering Management Analytics IBM
Source: IIUG News User / April 17, 2017
Source: IBM Data Management Blog / April 18, 2017
Informix Technology Day 2017
IBM Invitation for May 16 to Munich
Short overview: Topics / Dates / Organistation
- The conference starts on Tuesday with a keynote. Pradeep Muthalpuredathe, the manager of Informix, will provide development and support on the new situation and an outlook on the plans.
- A session about new features will follow.
- IBM Informix Support gives an outlook on a possible OAT successor and an overview of undocumented features of the IDS.
- Two lectures will deal with SQEexplain and Performance Tuning, two with Enterprise Replication and CDC.
- Finally, a question and answer session will be held again under the ambitious motto "All questions answered", in which the participants have the opportunity to ask questions to IBM experts.
The event takes place at the IBM office in Munich, Hollerithstr. 1. The event starts on Tuesday at 10 am, registration starts at 9:30 am, the event ends at 6 pm on this day.
Participation in the event is free.
(Note: alternatively you can also use the contact function on this website).
Please provide the names and e-mail addresses of all participants.
We look forward to your registration and hope to see you in May!
Your IBM Informix team
Request for speakers and additional topics (10.03.2017)
Dear Informix friends
After the very positive response to the Informix technology days in recent years, a technology day will be held again this year. The event will be held in Munich on 16 May. Registrations will be possible from the end of March.
IBM is planning a mix of a key note with up-to-date information on product development, lectures by developers and support staff, and of course, customers will also participate with lectures.
We therefore ask you to propose topics and presentations for the Informix Technology Day. In this case, a title proposal is sufficient, possibly extended by a brief description of the content
Two types of proposals can be made
- Topics on lectures, which you would like to keep yourself
- Topics on lectures you would like to hear.
We look forward to your feedback and hope to see you in May!
Thanks and kind regards
Dr. Elisabeth Bach (IBM)
Techn.Support DMS / IBM Informix Advanced Support
IBM Software Group, Information Management
IIUG 2017 – The Premier Informix Event
April 23 - 27, 2017
Marriott City Center, Raleigh, NC, USA
The largest gathering of Informix DBAs, Developers and Business Partners in the world.
3 Full Days of Educational Sessions to meet all of your Informix DBA and Developer needs.
The IIUG conference enables developers to find the newest and most powerful ways to utilize Informix.
The best technical information to maximize your Informix potential.
Learn why Informix has the lowest TCO in the industry while having some of the most powerful tools available for your business.
IBM Informix for Big Data bundle
improved data analytics and management experience
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP16-0550, dated December 6, 2016)
IBM Informix for Big Data bundle offers improved data analytics and management experience with IBM Informix V12.10 and IBM BigInsights V4.2
IBM Informix for Big Data is a software bundle that delivers two powerful product licensing options in a single offering. With their combined data management and analytical capabilities, IBM Informix V12.10 and IBM BigInsights V4.2 offer deployment flexibility and investment protection. Data intensive organizations are seeking transformative capabilities to accelerate their end to end analytics lifecycle to drive differentiation and competitive advantage. At the same time, funds are limited and any data management investments need to be effective, reliable, affordable, and future proof. IBM Informix for Big Data V1.0 delivers two powerful product licensing options in a single offering that provides clients the flexibility and agility to deploy both Informix and BigInsights as they choose to meet the analytical needs of their current and future business environments.
This single offering provides clients the flexibility to deploy:
- IBM Informix, a proven technology as a high performance, embeddable database with a small footprint that can scale huge and store and access time series, JSON, NoSQL, and SQL data all in one database.
- IBM BigInsights, an industry standard Hadoop offering that combines the best of open source software with enterprise-grade capabilities. It helps organizations to cost effectively manage and analyze all kinds of data, including semistructured and unstructured.