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

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


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

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

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.

Featured product

IBM 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.


Informix Advanced Workgroup Edition

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.

Informix Enterprise Edition

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.

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.

Informix Developer Edition

IBM® Informix Developer Edition includes nearly all Informix features for individual application development, testing and prototyping at no charge. You get a low-risk environment to develop and test C, C++, Microsoft .NET, Java, Ruby on Rails, Perl and fourth-generation programming language (4GL) applications. The software is limited to one CPU, 1 GB of memory and 8 GB of storage. For development use only.


Choosing the right database for IoT architectures

Learn how you can optimize business outcomes with IBM Informix for IoT and embedded devices.

IBM Informix on Cloud

Understand the specific reasons for considering IBM Informix for cloud and hybrid cloud deployments.This paper talks about how Informix on Cloud brings you the high-performance engine that integrates TimeSeries, Spatial, NoSQL, and SQL data together with easy access via MQTT, REST and MongoDB APIs.

Cognitive Food Grain Management

Learn more about cognitive food grain management, powered by IBM Informix.

Customer success

Targeted Grain Management (TGM)

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


Fueling safer, more efficient petroleum retail operations with the Internet of Things.

GreenCom Networks

Empowering the energy market of the future with Hybrid Intelligence via the Internet of Things.

We looked at a traditional relational database alongside IBM Informix, and there was no contest. It’s the engine that makes our solution possible.

—Daniel Kallestad, Founder, Targeted Grain Management