Informix 14.10 for Application Development
IBM Community Informix Webcast:
March 24, 2020 / 1:00 PM Eastern Daylight Time (18:00 CET)
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.
Informix Software Engineer
IBM Sub-Capacity licensing for Informix and Db2
Processor-based licensing with full- and sub-capacity in virtual environments
If 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.
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
Informix V14.10.xC2 Editions offer extended Limits
Informix 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.
Announcement of IBM price adjustments for Informix 14.10
IBM 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:
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.
European IBM Informix Days 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!