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58. IUG Workshop in Hamburg

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Der 58. Workshop der Deutschen Informix User Group findet am Dienstag, den 18.10.2011 in Hamburg statt. Am Vorabend (Montag, 17.10.2011) findet der traditionelle Stammtisch statt. Sponsor des Stammtisches ist die ORBIT GmbH aus Bonn.

An dieser Stelle schon einmal herzlichen Dank für die Unterstützung der IUG an die ORBIT GmbH !

Informix Chat with the Lab - Latest Informix Performance Features

Title: Latest Informix Performance Features
Date: Thursday, September 29, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time), 17:30h Germany
Presented By: Jeffery McMahon, IBM Informix Developer (IBM)
Registration: Latest Informix Performance Features


This presentation will cover several 11.70 performance features. 
Reduce index overhead by using Forest of Trees and Disable 
Foreign Key Index features. Take advantage of connectivity 

Informix Timeseries Whitepaper and IBM Website Contents

There is a new whitepaper available that describes the benefits of IBM Informix Timeseries technology for collecting and analyzing massive amounts of timestamped data:

Build smart metering solutions with IBM Informix TimeSeries

Andrew Ford from the IIUG board of directors wrote an intersting article about the potential of the IBM Informix timeseries solution in the energy industry:

Case-insensitive databases with Informix

There is a new interesting article about creating case insensitive databases with Informix. This new functionality is available in Informix 11.70.xC2.

The article desribes why this new feature is more sophisticated than creating a functional index on a column or selecting data with the lower() or upper() function. Case-Insensitivity with Informix 11.70.xC2 applies to constraints, fragmentation schemes, group by/unique/distinct functions, order by and other SQL operations.

Informix Chat with the Lab - All about Informix Private Server and Mapped Users

Title: All about Informix Private Server and Mapped Users
Date: Thursday, August 25, 2011
Time: 11:30 AM - 13:00 PM (Central Time), 17:30h Germany
Presented By: David Desautels, IBM Informix Developer (IBM)
Registration: All about Informix Private Server and Mapped Users


In the 11.70 release, Informix has introduced the ability to install and run as a 
"Private Server",i.e. without access to user root or user informix. Since running 

Informix Timeseries: Oninit and Traak Systems Partnership

There seems to be an interesting partnership evolving:

Oninit and Traak Systems partner to help transform real-time data into actionable insights

Congratulations to my friend John Baker from oninit in the UK that has established this partnership !

Bull Data Booster powered by Informix

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Neue Warehouse Appliance von Bull mit Geld-Zurück-Garantie

Die Firma Bull GmbH verspricht mit dem neuen Produkt Bull Data Booster extreme Performance im Datawarehouse Umfeld. Es handelt sich bei diesem Produkt um eine Warehouse Appliance - ein Bundle aus Hard- und Software -, das in drei unterschiedlichen Konfigurationen (Small, Medium, Large) angeboten wird.

Informix Newsletter August 2011

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: Neue Features in der Version 11.70.xC3
  • TechTipp: Flexible Grid – Replikation der nächsten Generation (Teil 2)
  • TechTipp: Grid Tabellen in der Datenbank syscdr
  • TechTipp: Optionen des ONSTAT (onstat -g smb)

IBM Data Management Magazine 03/2011

A new issue of the IBM Data Management Magazine has been released.

On page 8 you'll find Stuart Litel's IIUG User's View column titled Happy 10th Anniversary to IBM and Informix.

On page 10 there is an interesting article about IBM's Netezza datawarehouse appliance. Netezza - which embedds a modified PostgreSQL RDBMS - requires no indexes, no tuning and only little maintenance and is able to speed up datawarehouse queries significantly.

Informix: Delayed Apply and External Backup on RSS Nodes

There is an excellent article on IBM developerworks that describes the Delayed Apply feature of RSS nodes in a MACH11 cluster.

The article also describes how to take advantage of RSS nodes in order to perform external backups without blocking the primary server:

What's new in Informix MACH 11 high-availability features for secondary servers

IBM Informix - The next decade

A new Informix promotion video has been published by IBM on YouTube:

You can find the IBM Informix Marketing Channel on YouTube here:

YouTube - IBM Informix Marketing Channel

Informix Chat with the Lab - All About the Connection Manager

Title: All about the Connection Manager
Date: July 20, 2011
Time: 10:30 AM - 12:00 PM (Central Time)
Presented By: Nicholas Geib (IBM Informix Developer)
Registration: All about the Connection Manager


The Connection Manager is a valuable tool for controlling what server a 
client connects to and ensuring a cluster continues to operate in the 
event of a failure. With the release of CSDK 3.70.xC3 it has been 
significantly enhanced. 

Informix Timeseries helps to reduce energy consumption

A new customer success story has been published by IBM. This is a good example about the innovative usage of Informix Timeseries technology in a specific industry.

The story demonstrates the advantages of the Informix Timeseries solution compared to the traditional relational approach for storing time-stamped data.


Energcon’s offering—which integrates an easy-to-use web application with 
an energy logging system from Rational Network and IBM® Informix®
database software—helps Coldset Printing Partners track energy 

New Article covering Informix Timeseries Technology

The online magazine (Database Trends and Applications) has published a new article from Vaibhav Dantale (IBM Software Engineer).

The article talks about the advantages of the Informix Timeseries Technology for storing and analyzing huge amounts of time-stamped data:

Newsletter Juli 2011

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Neue Ausgabe des IBM/Informix Newsletters

Im Newsletter-Archiv befindet sich die neueste Ausgabe des INFORMIX-Newsletters.

Inhaltsverzeichnis der Ausgabe:

  • Aktuelles
  • TechTipp: Rolling Upgrade
  • TechTipp: SEC2ER - Von der HDR/RSS zur Enterprise Replication
  • TechTipp: Flexible Grid – Replikation der nächsten Generation (Teil 1)
  • TechTipp: Connection Manager
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How to avoid SmartMeter data management pitfalls with Informix technology

Listen to this informative webcast which covers the advantages of the Informix TimeSeries technology and how it helps to avoid common pitfalls with SmartMeter data management:

New Features in Informix 11.70.xC3

If you haven't had the opportunity to join the latest Informix Chat with the Lab with Informix Architect John Miller, here is a link to the presentation slides:

Unravel theMysteries of Informix's New Offerings & Features

There are a couple of interesting new features in the latest Informix 11.70.xC3 release especially in the TimeSeries environment. Beside those I really like these ones:

Informix Flexible Grid

Good article on IBM developerWorks about the Informix Flexible Grid feature:

Hopefully new customers discover the unique Informix Flexible Grid technology and it's advantages over commodity databases especially in interaction with Cloud Computing.

Advantages of Informix TimeSeries technology

A good article from Neil Mulkern (IBM UK) about the advantages of Informix Timeseries technology has been published here:

Using Informix to capture TimeSeries data that overwhelms commodity databases

Good to see that Informix is now mentioned on

Integrated IBM Informix BladeCenter Solution

Hear what Lester Knutsen - the president of Advanced Data Tools - has to say about the combination of IBM BladeCenter hardware and an Informix database as a preconfigured box:

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