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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?
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IBM Informix on Cloud

White Paper by Bloor
Author Philip Howard
Publish date January 2017

This paper discusses the latest release of IBM Informix, which offers the ability to host Informix on the IBM Cloud (SoftLayer and Bluemix).

Informix, one of the databases offered by IBM, has a long and illustrious history. It is well known as a platform for supporting applications developed by third parties and ISVs, primarily for use in transactional environments.

This is because Informix is a robust offering that combines high performance and functionality with minimal administrative requirements. However, this paper does not discuss these features of the product in any detail.

Instead, we are here concerned with the latest release of IBM Informix, which offers the ability to host Informix on the IBM Cloud.

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Informix-IOT-300x300-cIBM Industrie 4.0 StarterPack beschleunigt IOT Umsetzung

Wie IBM Industrie-4.0 Einsteiger mit Informix unterstützt

Die in der industriellen Produktion anfallenden Maschinendaten haben ein ganz besonderes Merkmal:
Sie sind mit Zeitstempeln versehen. Diese so genannten Zeitreihendaten werden entweder in regelmäßigen Abständen erfasst (zum Beispiel jede Sekunde), oder nur bei bestimmten Ereignissen generiert (beispielsweise beim Erreichen von Grenzwerten).

Traditionelle Datenbanken, wie etwa relationale SQL-Datenbanken, aber auch klassische NoSQL-Datenbanken, leiden bei einer zunehmenden Menge an Zeitreihendaten an massiven Geschwindigkeitsproblemen und benötigen außerdem sehr viel Plattenspeicher.

IBM bietet deshalb in seinem Industrie 4.0 StarterPack die IBM Informix® Datenbank, die als einzige relationale SQL-Datenbank Maschinendaten (= Zeitreihendaten) integriert und optimiert. Zeitreihendaten werden in Informix ähnlich wie ein Vektor abgelegt, so dass zum Beispiel die Messwerte für jeweils einen Sensor physikalisch zusammenliegen. Dadurch erübrigt sich das Speichern eines gleichbleibenden Zeitintervalls, was mit einer Ersparnis von 67 Prozent Plattenplatz einhergeht. Dabei sind die Zugriffsoperationen deutlich performanter und nach außen standardmäßig über SQL-Operationen für die üblichen Werkzeuge und Anwendungen erreichbar. Die Nutzung von Informix als Data Historian für die anfallenden Smart-Metering-Daten hat zum Beispiel die E.ON Metering GmbH in ihrem neuen SmartMeter-Verwaltungssystem zu schätzen gelernt.

Erprobte Software für die vertikale Integration, effiziente Speicherung historischer Daten, Predictive Analytics sowie Sicherheitsoptionen in einer Lösung.

Lesen Sie den ganzen IBM Analytics Solution Brief zum Industrie 4.0 StarterPack

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informix-cisco-wp-250x188Cisco and IBM Informix Database Software
Enhancing Collaboration

Cisco chose to embed IBM Informix® database
software in their solutions because of the robust
embeddability, high reliability, and extreme
performance of Informix.

This white paper addresses a number of the features and techniques Cisco uses to embed Informix in its solutions, and why.
It also highlights some of Informix’s newer features. The white paper is divided into six sections, each corresponding to the different tasks involved in the embedding process.

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ITC-200x120cComparing IBM Informix and Oracle Database for High Availability and Data Replication

ITG — International Technology Group
Executive Brief January 2014

International Technology Group (ITG), established in 1983, is an independent research and management consulting firm specializing in information technology (IT) investment strategy, cost/benefit metrics, infrastructure studies, deployment tactics, business alignment and financial analysis.


The capabilities of Informix 12 provide clear-cut value as an alternative to Oracle database and RAC in distributed as well as centralized deployments. They also however have broader implications.

Growth in conventional data volumes and the emerging world of Big Data are making replication an increasingly critical feature of the IT landscape. At the same time, pressures to accelerate collection, interpretation and delivery of information are placing new stress on database and date warehouse infrastructures.

These trends make integrated database and replication architecture — which is unique to Informix — increasingly attractive. Organizations may accelerate data management and movement process while minimizing use of server resources and network bandwidth, reducing administrative complexities, maintaining availability and operating transparently across diverse hardware and software bases.

Organizations with longstanding Oracle commitments may argue that Oracle is their database standard. However, as far as costs are concerned, "sole source" procurements seldom represent a best practice in the IT world. Informix 12 offers an opportunity for great cost-effectiveness.

Costs are not the only issue. Legacy data structures leave organizations ill equipped to deal with the challenges of data growth and sophistications, as well as real-time delivery of information. Even where these challenges can be met with new add-ons and overlays, software stacks will grow increasingly complex and inefficient, and costs will escalate.

Where database infrastructure must meet the challenge of the future, Informix is an obvious candidate.

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Informix-IOT-300x300-cIBM Informix:
The intelligent Database for the
Internet of Things

A new technology-surge comes upon IT-distributors, companies and customers. Cost-efficient sensors enable a cheap recording of measuring data in all areas of the real world. Our whole technical environment becomes increasingly measurable and analyzable, both in companies and public areas, as well as in private households.

The harvested data are a real image of actual activities and have a high value for planning- and controlling-decision, as well as for information services.
The massive appearance of sensors and autonomous devices, the local recording, storage and processing of data, together with the possibilities of a breadthways available Internet are the base of a new technologic revolution which is summed up under the term:

The Internet of Things (IoT).

Everyone who deals with the production, transport, marketing or support of any product has to deal with the Internet of Things. The Internet of Things will flow into all areas of everyday life and generate gigantic amounts of data.  Now it is important to capture, store and analyze these data, integrate the harvested results in production- and decision-processes and provide them in multiple shapes as information services.

This means, that huge amounts of data from many sources with various data types and backgrounds have to be processed. Here the abilities to query and seamlessly store the multiple data of many thousands of interconnected devices are needed. Structured and unstructured data, relational transaction data, sensor data, as well as time series- and geographical data have to be related with each other and analyzed reasonably.

BigData- and Cloud-technologies provide here the first answers to the new challenges. To survive in the era of the Internet of Things, companies have to bridge the gap between the new technologies and their ancestral and existentially important ERP-enterprise-data.

Customers and consumers will increasingly demand services and performances that will be enabled by the Internet of things. The fast development of applications for providing customer specific information and service performances will be a strong competition criterion in the future.

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Informix-IOT-300x300-cInnovative IBM Datenbanktechnologien als optimale Basis für Industrie 4.0 und das Internet der Dinge
Präsentationen zur Veranstaltung vom 3. Juli 2014

Zur Veranstaltung vom 3. Juli in Böblingen, liegen in der Zwischenzeit die Präsentationen zum Download bereit.

Besonders zu empfehlen ist die Keynote von René Auberger zu Industrie 4.0. Losgelöst vom Thema Informix, zeigt Auberger die Bedeutung und Tragweite von Industrie 4.0 für das produzierende Gewerbe am Wirtschaftsstandort Deutschland – Industrie 4.0 ist keine „Since Fiction“ wir sind bereits mitten drin.

Keine Since Fiction sind auch die Neuigkeiten die mit Informix 12.10 verbunden sind. Wer sich über den aktuellen Stand und die Zukunft von Informix ein Bild verschaffen will, sollte einen Blick in die Präsentation von Sandor Szabo werfen. Ein Rückblick auf 12 Jahre Innovationen, die aktuelle Positionierung und eine Informix Long-Term Roadmap sind der Bogen den er in seiner Präsentationen spannt.

  • 13551037-179x119cKexnote: Viva la productiòn - Sind Sie r(R)evolutionär? Rene Auberger (IBM)
  • Intelligente Sensordaten- und JSON-Verarbeitung von IBM als Basis für Industrie 4.0 Alexander Körner (IBM)
  • Informix - Beckhoff Automation SPS Integration Demo, Alexander Körner (IBM)
  • Virdata, IoT platform experience using Informix Live Demo Technicolor
  • JSON - wichtig für Industrie 4.0 und Internet of Things, Dr. Andreas Weininger (IBM)
  • Neuigkeiten rum um die Informix Version 12.10 Sandor Szabo (IBM)

Zum Download der Präsentationen auf die Seiten der IBM

Die vierte industrielle Revolution, Industrie 4.0, ist mehr als nur Theorie. Bundesregierung, Verbände und Unternehmen haben 2013 ihre Empfehlungen zur Umsetzung ausgesprochen. Analytische Datenauswertung in Echtzeit sind elementar wichtig für Vorhersagen, Trends sowie Mustererkennung zur Entscheidungs- und Ursachenfindung – Voraussetzungen für zukünftige neue Geschäftsmodelle in Industrieunternehmen.

Wichtige technische Herausforderungen für eine Umsetzung von Industrie 4.0 und des 'Internet of Things' (IoT) sind die standardisierte Kommunikation der Systeme untereinander, sowie die Erfassung und Verarbeitung von großen Mengen von anfallenden Sensordaten und die optionale, dezentrale Verarbeitung dieser Daten vor Ort, nahe an den Maschinen und/oder Fahrzeugen wo sie anfallen.

Genau diese Herausforderungen lassen sich mit der IBM Informix Datenbank in der Version 12.10 optimal adressieren:

  • Informix unterstützt nativ das für den Datenaustausch und die Datenspeicherung im Industrie 4.0/IoT Umfeld immer beliebter werdende Datenformat JSON (JavaScript Object Notation). Eine Kombination von JSON Daten und relationalen Daten ist dabei, im Gegensatz zu reinen JSON Datenbanken, sehr leicht möglich.

  • Informix bietet eine integrierte Erweiterung für die performante Verarbeitung von mit Zeitstempeln versehehen Sensordaten. Diese Erweiterung erlaubt es große Mengen von Sensordaten, gerade auch in Kombination mit relationalen Daten sehr schnell via Standard SQL Schnittstellen zu verarbeiten.

  • Informix ist inzwischen zusätzlich zu den gängigen Serverplattformen sowohl auf den für integrierte, dezentrale Lösungen beliebten ARM Prozessoren, als auch ganz aktuell auch auf den Intel Quark Prozessoren (u.a. mit einem Secure Linux) verfügbar. Damit lassen sich alleAnforderungen im Industrie 4.0/IoT Umfeld auch vor Ort auf den Geräten bzw. Fahrzeugen realisieren.


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The world we live in is transforming in ways we never dreamed of with the emergence of smart, connected devices such as smart phones, smart cars, smart homes, wearables and the list goes on ... all with the intent to make our lives easier. This evolution is, of course, the "Internet of Things". The things we use every day have become more connected, and yes have databases inside. Not every database can go there and Informix is leading the way with innovations that are bridging the gap between new computing technologies designed for big data, cloud, and mobile computing with the enterprise world of relational data.

icon Is your business ready for the Internet of Things (2014-07)


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IBM-DM-logo-2Advancing Internet of Things Opportunity

Industry and commerce are entering a new era of computing marked by the expansion of cloud computing, analytics, mobile technologies, and the emergence of the Internet of Things. Evolving beyond just another buzzword, the Internet of Things has become a real structure; billions of connected devices are driving demand for new services, fast development of applications, and real-time access to information.

The huge influx of data from this sensor-driven world creates opportunities for growth and new revenue streams for businesses that manufacture, distribute, resell, manage, or service physical products. Many organizations are already developing plans and experimenting with solutions to take action based on data from gateways and edge devices.

Organizations such as IBM are forging new frontiers in this area. IBM® Informix® database software in particular seamlessly harnesses SQL data and NoSQL and JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) data on a single data management platform. Informix enables organizations to perform real-time analytics using time-stamped and location-based data. The strength of the combined NoSQL and SQL capability, and the ability to embed the database into gateways and edge devices for local analytics, supports informed decision making, provides cost-effective operational efficiency, and encourages innovation. In this way, Informix offers an intelligent, well-suited database for the Internet of Things.

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Harnessing data captured from the Internet of Things to deliver revolutionary new services

Hildebrand is helping a new wave of clients who have tried – and failed – to tackle the big data challenge of sensor data using traditional relational databases. “Informix differs from conventional technology, meaning that we don’t have to queue up large backlogs for analysis, and we can run ad-hoc analysis without reprocessing all the data,” says Josh Cooper, CEO.

The need
With intelligent sensors capturing data on every aspect of life, how can businesses process and understand all this data to unlock new insights, exceed customer expectations, and gain competitive edge?

The solution
The Hildebrand Smart platform – built on IBM® Informix® and using Hildebrand’s unique machine learning extensions – captures, processes and analyzes big data in real time for actionable insights.

The benefit
Insight at the speed-of-thought across all data sources unlocks the potential to transform every aspect of daily life, and supports fast development of innovative data-driven web and mobile applications.

icon Hildebrand IOT Data deliver revolutionary new services (2014-04)

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