The Informix Newsletter is finally back!
After almost three years of vacancy the Informix newsletter editorial staff publishes a new issue!
By the end of 2017, the editorial team, consisting mainly of IBM Informix employees, had published 125 issues of the popular Informix newsletter. With the integration of HCL into the further development of Informix, personnel changes followed. In the end, it was the EU guidelines of the GDPR that prevented further distribution among IBM.
With the logistic support of the German Informix User Group (IUG) the proven team is now back, offering the latest news, technical tips and tricks around Informix.
More than twenty contributions have come together in the new issue, such as:
- Connection Manager options for redirect, load balancing and failover,
- Install Informix in Docker or
- Display of spatial data using the R programming language.
Read the whole article and view the Informix Newsletter online here!
IBM Informix Tech Webinars
The IIUG and IBM are pleased to offer these Informix webinars for the fall!
These events will be held through a WebEx training session. Webinar access instructions will be provided with your registration confirmation. We look forward to joining with you for these sessions!
These events will occur on the following dates and times:
Topic: From GSKit to OpenSSL
We will discuss the deployment and security advantages of using OpenSSL in the Client, and how to convert an existing key store so the clients and server can utilize them.
Wednesday, October 21, 2020 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central Time (16:00 MESZ)
Speaker: Carlton Doe, IBM
Topic: Containers and Modernization
Containerization of software provides several benefits in ease of deployment, security, automation, portability and other areas. This webinar will provide an introduction to IBM Informix containers including the newly released certified container running on top of the IBM Cloud Pak for Data platform.
Running Informix with the Cloud Pak for Data provides easy provisioning and tight integration with other services running on the same platform. Combining the many decades proven strengths and resiliency of Informix database with the Red Hat OpenShift container platform will provide our valued clients many opportunities to:
- modernize existing applications,
- add AI/ML services,
- integrate with other data sources,
- reduce operational costs and
- more importantly, create brand new business models with your data platform!
Tuesday, November 10, 2020 Time: 9:00 AM - 10:00 AM Central Time (16:00 MEZ)
Speaker: Carlton Doe, IBM
IBM Informix vulnerability CVE-2020-4799 in Spatial Datablade Module
A security warning was issued on October 8, 2020 (CVE-2020-4799) for IBM Informix Dynamic Server.
This vulnerability affects the Spatial Datablade Module in Informix Server versions 12.10 and 14.10.
A specific function in the Spatial Datablade can be called with an out-of-range parameter. A local user logged on with SQL privileges could use this vulnerability to attempt to execute an SQL injection. If the attack is successful, the attacker would be able to grant himself extended user rights and execute his own code
Help provides a Fix Pack that IBM has released on Fix Central.
IBM price adjustments for software effective January 1, 2021
As in previous years, IBM announces a price adjustment for its software portfolio at the beginning of the new year. This will also affect the Informix and Db2 products, new licenses and renewals. The price adjustment is for sales within the Federal Republic of Germany, usually an increase of about 3%.
You can find detailed price information in our IBM Informix and IBM Db2 pricefiles.
The complete announcement and the intended base prices for download can be found here:
IBM User Group Day - May 19 & 20, 2020
Hello 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.
Get the full IBM User Group Day agenda and register for free visit here!
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)
IBM Informix Announcement Letters
The IBM Announcements Letters are binding messages of the IBM for positioning, licensing and the product's distribution.
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?
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.