What is Informix?

IBM® Informix® is a secure embeddable database, optimized for OLTP, IoT and is forging new frontiers with its unique ability to seamlessly integrate SQL, NoSQL/JSON, time series and spatial data. Reliability, flexibility, ease of use, and low total cost of ownership makes Informix the best in class enterprise database available in the market.

Real-time Analytics

Real-time Analytics

Informix is a single platform that can power OLTP and OLAP workloads and successfully meet service-level agreements (SLAs) for each.

Always-on Transactions

Fast, Always-on Transactions

Provides one of the industry’s widest sets of options for keeping data available at all times, including zero downtime for maintenance.

Accelerate time-to-market

Accelerate time-to-market

Focus on your core business and let Informix take care of the data management requirements.

Simple and cost effective

Simple and cost effective

Informix has a small footprint, a silent install, and self-managing capabilities that make it ideal as an embedded data management solution. Informix can be up and running in minutes, not days.

IBM Informix features

Bring NoSQL to your SQL database

Bring NoSQL to your SQL database

IBM Informix unleashes new capabilities, giving you a way to combine unstructured and structured data in a smart way. IBM Informix offers a “hybrid” database system that is capable of supporting relational and non-relational data, giving you the ability to store JSON and relational tables in the same storage engine.

Continuous availability and scalability

Continuous availability and scalability

IBM Informix offers the industry's most comprehensive set of high availability options that can take advantage of low-cost hardware with Informix Flexible Grid. Schedule upgrades or maintenance when you want, without any downtime, and without having to use temporary hardware or clone your databases and applications. Scale capacity on-demand when and where needed.

Zero administration and built in autonomics

Zero administration and built in autonomics

Informix software automatically senses and responds to changes without human or programmatic intervention. The self-maintaining, self-configuring, and self-healing capabilities include automated storage and memory management, a deployment utility and automated install capable of mass deployment across multiple servers, as well as an automated task scheduler.

Time Series and Spatial Native Data Types

Time Series and Spatial Native Data Types

IBM Informix uses the Time Series Native data type resulting in significantly less space requirements; typically about 1/3 the space required by other vendors. Queries run orders of magnitude faster due to nique optimized storage means more data fits in memory. Purpose built streaming data loader for sensor data which can automatically run analytic and/or aggregate functions on new data. Integrates structured (SQL) or unstructured (JSON) data to store metadata for each time value and includes REST/ODBC/JDBC/JSON interfaces available to work with this. API contains hundreds of manipulation & analytics functions + APIs to create your own analytics.

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Informix Advanced Workgroup Edition

Extreme speed for all types of workloads for mid-sized businesses

IBM® Informix® Advanced Workgroup Edition represents the ultimate in data warehouse performance for small to midsize businesses or partners looking to create a turnkey data warehousing solution. It includes the Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA), unlimited replication cluster nodes, and up to two high-availability cluster nodes of any type. This edition is limited to 16 cores with up to 48 GB of memory.

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Informix Enterprise Edition

Broad functionality for all supported platforms with unlimited scalability

With the exception of IWA, Informix Enterprise Edition includes all Informix features on all supported platforms for development and deployment with unlimited scalability. It includes full grid and replication capabilities. Storage compression is available as an optional feature.

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Informix Express Edition

IBM Informix Express Edition is ideal for application and third-party developers looking to embed a database within their application. It can also be used in customer environments that need only basic functionality and minimal scalability. Available on all supported platforms, this edition is limited to four cores and a total of 8 GB of RAM. Enterprise replication is limited to two nodes (root nodes only) and one secondary high-availability cluster of any type.

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Informix Developer Edition

No-charge software for application development and prototyping

Your ability to distribute reporting information quickly throughout the enterprise has been exponentially increased thru the WebSphere® component of QMF™ Enterprise Edition. The Eclipse based product extends QMF-supported platforms to Linux, Solaris and HP-UX. QMF Enterprise Edition also extends its support beyond DB2 9 to include IDS support.

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Informix on Cloud

IBM Informix on Cloud offers the complete feature set of Informix on-premise deployments without the cost, complexity and risk of managing your own infrastructure.

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Client success stories

 

Targeted Grain Management (TGM)

Increasing food safety, preventing spoilage and protecting farmers’ income with IoT analytics.

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Paddy Power

Paddy Power is an international betting and gaming group headquartered in Dublin, Ireland. Employing 4,000 people at locations in Ireland, the United Kingdom, Italy, Australia and Bulgaria. Paddy Power set out to ensure 24/7 availability and performance by undertaking a complete overhaul of its IT infrastructure, building a super-scalable architecture with IBM® Informix® software at its core.

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Hildebrand

Headquartered in London, UK, Hildebrand creates and operates complex products that make it easy for solution providers to deploy and scale their applications with high-performance database and machine learning technology. 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.

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IBM Informix resources

 

Hybrid cloud powers new insights and innovation

IBM® Informix® offers high performance, reliability, ease of use and low cost of ownership for cloud computing. It has the flexibility and resilience to support complex environments like hybrid clouds.

 

Smart Building Demo

Demo of an Internet-of-things application powered by IBM Informix analytics.

 

IBM Informix and the Internet of Things

IoT architectures are evolving into three tier environments where processing is required at the edge, in devices, at collection points, in gateways – and at the center. However in practice, not all devices need to be smart, and not all environments require more than two tiers: it will depend on the application. This whitepaper focuses on the need to support a homogeneous processing environment. That is, it will be preferable if processing in all tiers of the IoT is consistent and compatible and discuss the implications of this consistency for database selection.