IDS@IBM - The Positioning of a Cult Database

IBM's Data Server Positioning

Last Update: 2009-06-14

People often ask the question how IDS (Informix Dynamic Server) is positioned inside IBM's software portfolio. So refer to the subsequent points when you talk with your management about IBM's data server strategy:

IDS and DB2 are the flagship data servers of the IBM Information Management portfolio.

IDS is IBM's recommended first class data server for the following types of installations/environments:

  • Critical, high volume OLTP systems requiring outstandig availability, scalability and reliablity
  • Environments that need a real cluster data server with shared-disk support that enables an always on solution
  • Real Time Data Warehousing
  • Mass deployments with thousands of distributed database instances
  • Embedded Solutions requiring a DBMS running in stealth mode
  • Distributed Systems requiring sophisticated, well integrated replication solutions
  • Applications requiring excellent extensibility features inside the DBMS
  • Environments with limited DBA resources
  • MAC OS centered applications/environments that need a highly reliable and efficient data store

There are even many more reasons why Informix Dynamic Server is IBM's most reliable and efficient data server.

IDS is already a cult database which delivers exceptional high performance out of the box combined with nearly hands free administration. It has been build from the ground up for AUTONOMIC COMPUTING and powers many critical business systems today.

Most of those systems are running in stealth mode for months or even years without nameable DBA intervention.

IDS delivers real business advantages to companies which uses it's outstanding technology for powering their critical business systems.

The previous IDS V11 release (codename Cheetah) contained exciting new functionality that emphasizes the cult status of the Informix database. IDS V11.5 - Codename Cheetah2 - has been released in May 2008 and allows the creation of highly available database clusters based on cost efficient hardware:

Watch the following self-running demos which provide an overview about the superior Replication Technology that is part of the IDS database kernel: