This month's Informix Chat with the Lab takes place on Thursday, and I'll be talking about virtualization and cloud computing. Here is the announcement..
Informix Chat with the LabThis month's Informix Chat with the Lab will be on the popular topic of Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS.
- Thursday, June 11, 8:30 AM Pacific, 10:30 AM Central, 11:30 AM Eastern, 4:30 PM London, 5:30 PM Paris
Virtualization and Cloud Computing with IDS!
Informix Dynamic Server is widely deployed in virtualized environments and has a profile and feature set that lends itself to virtualization. In this presentation you will learn about IBM's virtualization and cloud computing strategy for Informix, including virtualization platform support, current IBM solutions such as the Informix virtual appliance and Amazon Machine Images available for the Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2), and the Informix roadmap for virtualization and cloud computing.
Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and Guy Bowerman, Informix Embeddability Architect will be our technical speaker.
Participant access information:
Conference number: 4070246
To register for this event:
1. Go to the URL listed above and choose Web RSVP under Join Events.
2. Enter the conference number and passcode.3. Provide your information for the event leader and then click submit.
4. You will receive a confirmation email from "e-meetings." Please follow instructions to join the call on day of call (Note: for security reasons, a passcode and pin will be required to join call)
Presentation material will be available at http://www.ibm.com/informix/labchats prior to the event.
Questions, comments to: email@example.com
There are some impressive new features coming into the next version of OpenAdmin Tool. Here's the blurb for a Chat with the Labs taking place on August 20th where the new features will get their first airing..
Informix Chat with the Lab - Wednesday, August 20th
8 AM Pacific, 10 AM Central, 11 AM Eastern, 4 PM London, 5 PM Paris
What's New with the OAT (OpenAdmin Tool), a graphical administration for IDS
Join one of our most popular speakers, John Miller, as he explores the capabilities and architecture of OAT, the OpenAdmin Tool. This will be an overview of the capabilities of OAT, highlighting such things as SQL Explorer, Performance History Graphs, Auto Update Statistics, and Space Management along with many other capabilities. Highlights of the architecture and what open source components are utilized within OAT conclude this talk. Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab will introduce the call and John Miller, Senior Technical Staff Member, will be our technical speaker.
You may RSVP for this call at: https://ww4.premconf.com/webrsvp/register?conf_id=4679866.
For assistance by phone, please call 1 - 800-289-0579 and reference confirmation code 4679866.
Questions, comments or to be removed from this distribution: lspina _at_ us.ibm.com
Just back from vacation and am now spending a couple of weeks working in San Jose on an IBM Redbook, where compared to Portland at least, it's hot.[Read More
This week I managed to listen to most of Veronica Gomes' and Dennis Allen's Chat with the Labs on integrating Informix with SolidDB and was glad I did. It was packed with useful information.
Incidently, if you ever need slides for any of the chat with the lab series, including the latest one, you can download them from here:http://www.ibm.com/software/data/informix/labchats/
. The audio replays appear here after some time as well.
If you're interested in developing PHP applications that integrate with SolidDB, you could do worse than read this developerWorks article: Building dynamic Web page applications using PHP and IBM solidDB
by Abhinay Nagpal, Gaurav Mehrotra andYogesh Gawali.[Read More
The DB Scheduler
is a key new feature in IDS 11.10 which allows tasks to be scheduled and monitored. A potential problem is the default Sensors
have a fairly aggressive monitoring rate in the current Beta which can cause the root dbspace to fill up on a busy system. It is likely that the default sensor settings will be tuned before Cheetah is GA.
This problem was the subject of a recent Cheetah Test Run Support Forum
discussion. A few suggestions on how to avoid this problem were made..Stopping the DB Scheduler
Shutting down the DB Scheduler means missing out on some very useful features but it is a reasonable temporary diagnostic strategy if you suspect it may be causing problems or if oncheck -pe
shows the sysadmin
database is filling up the root dbspace.
The recommended way to shut down the Scheduler is to use the task()
database sysadmin;execute function task("scheduler shutdown");close database;
Another method mentioned in the forum discussion was to create an empty file $INFORMIXDIR/etc/sysadmin/stop
before starting IDS, which will prevent the Scheduler from starting. This method is not documented and not guaranteed to work in future versions.Modifying the Scheduler to limit space consumption
Better than disabling the Scheduler altogether is to update the ph_task
table of the sysadmin database to limit the amount of data that is collected. This example tells the Scheduler to delete data older than 4 times the collection frequency:
database sysadmin;update ph_task set tk_delete = (4*tk_frequency) where tk_type ='SENSOR';Mirav
's response to the forum question pointed out the relevant section of the 11.10 Admin Guide: Setting up Tasks
which discusses setting up and monitoring Scheduler tasks.
On the subject of the sysadmin database - John Miller
's Chat with the Labs
is at 9am Pacific (5pm GMT) tomorrow (Wednesday Feb 28 2007) entitled Cheetah - Expanding the Administration Free Zone
. Having had a sneak preview I can say it's definitely not to be missed.[Read More
The latest Chat with the Labs
has been announced on the Informix Webcasts site
. This one, entitled Cheetah - Expanding the Administration Free Zone
will take place at 5PM GMT (9am Pacific) on Wednesday February 28
and will include a detailed presentation of the enhanced administration features and interfaces in Cheetah.
Hear John Miller discuss the new features of the next release of IDS that lower the total cost ofownership by providing easy, scalable administration. Features such as SQL Tracing for detailedperformance monitoring, the open Admin API for custom administration and a built in database scheduler allow for an industrial strength, highly reliable environment. John is an IBM SeniorTechnical Staff Member who will be joined on the call by Jerry Keesee, Director of the Informix Lab.
The Cheetah 2 open beta
(IDS 11.50) started back in February, and since then clients and partners have been busy downloading it on various platforms and testing the new features, but not saying much about them, as all downloads were subject to a non-disclosure agreement (NDA). As a blogger you can bet I really enjoy being subject to an NDA..
As the IIUG conference
and the Cheetah 2 release date approaches you'll start hearing much more about this new version of IDS and its enhancements. Next week on the final day of the conference (April 29) there is an opportunity to learn about the Cheetah 2 new features directly from the senior architects. In this eSeminar: Get the Scoop on IBM/Informix Cheetah 2 - from the Product Architects
, the Informix Lab Director Jerry Keesee and 4 of the 5 Informix Senior Technical Staff Members (STSMs) Kevin Brown, Jonathan Leffler, Scott Lashley, Madison Pruet, will talk about Cheetah 2..
What's the latest in OLTP Data Server technology? Should you download the open beta version of Cheetah 2, IBM Informix Dynamic Server 11.5? What will Cheetah 2 offer and how will it impact your business' bottom line?
Join us for this live, interactive eSeminar roundtable discussion, directly from the IIUG Power conference in Overland Park, Kansas. Our discussion will be led by IBM Informix Lab Director Jerry Keesee, and will allow you the chance to interact with the IDS 'Power' team of architects.
They will give you a recap of the IIUG Power conference, but most importantly they will answer your questions - so bring them on and take your chance to provide feedback to the IDS experts.
You can register to attend the seminar here
For anyone going to the conference, see you in Kansas.[Read More
This week is IIUG conference week in Lenexa Kansas, and in this morning's keynote speech Dr. Arvind Krishna, VP for Data Servers, officially announced IDS 11.50, also known as Cheetah 2. Available in open beta program for a while, but until now closeted under NDA, we can finally talk about the new features in Cheetah 2. Here is a quick summary of what's new..Administration
- Cluster management API Start/Stop, Add/Remove Configure
- Automated Update Statistics
- Configuration Wizard
- New Performance Graphs
- DRDA Config during Install
- Read-only access added to Open Admin Tool
- Row Versioning
- Wizard for creating new “tasks” and “sensors”
- Dynamic SQL in SPL
- Additional IS [NOT] NULL support
- J/Foundation JRE 5.0 support
- DRDA enhanced Data Studio
- Tool to visualize explain output
- Basic Text Search support for XML and Xquery
- XML Transformations (XSLT) support
- BIGINT and BIGSERIAL
Mac OS/X SupportContinuous Availability
- Single sign-on via Kerberos
- SSL Encryption
- Update any node in a cluster
- Connection Manager for balancing workload across nodes
- Policy-based Connections
- Arbitrator for flexible failover handling
The announcement is also covered in CNN Money: IBM Helps Clients Reduce Data Management Costs With New Informix Dynamic Server
It is great to be at a conference that is all Informix all the time, with around 350 Informix users from around the world attending 4 different technical tracks, and as always good to catch up with people you know mostly through email and newsgroups. The organizers of this conference know how to cater for engineers, and load us up with sugary snacks every afternoon to help with those drowsy end of day presentations and dreary blog posts.[Read More
If you're wondering what's in the next release of Cheetah, wonder no more, IDS 11.50 has arrived - at least the Open Beta has. Yesterday in fact, but I was too busy eating the Open Beta launch ice-cream to write about it. OK the Mac OS version has been out for a few weeks but let's not worry about that.
I'm not allowed to talk specifically about the new features in Cheetah 2 yet, but to find out, sign up for the open beta and download IDS 11.5 “Cheetah 2" Open beta
. Give it a try and remember to read the release notes.
Do let IBM know what you think about this release. Any problem you find helps to increase the quality of the GA version.[Read More
The Cheetah open beta has been picked up by some of the German news tickers. NotablyHeise Online
- Informix 11 als Beta-Version erhältlich
, andLinux Enterprise
- 'Cheetah' - integrierte Lösung für IBMs Informix Dynamic Server
Thanks Alexander and Eric for mentioning these. Now I wish I'd paid more attention in German lessons at school. Sorry Miss Jarvis.
The English language press release has been picked up by around 20 news sites at the time of writing.[Read More
Cheetah, the next major release of Informix Dynamic Server, has been announced. Here's a CRN article covering the news: IBM To Unleash Cheetah, The Next Informix IDS Release
Total cost of ownership, where IDS has a clear lead, is prominent in the news reports, which include this quote from Arvind Krishna, VP of database servers:
One unnamed customer runs 4,000 physical locations and more than 10,000 instances of the current IDS release with just eight DBAs, he claimed. "If you can show me an Oracle installation [doing that], I'll buy you the bottle of wine of your choice," he said.
There are some other good quotes in this article which go toward explaing why IDS is not only still around, but experiencing dramatic growth in licence revenue and significant R&D investment.
Expect to see more about Cheetah at the Information OnDemand (IOD) Conference
in Anaheim, California. The Cheetah beta is expected in the next few months - talk to your sales representative if you are interested in signing up for it.[Read More
The IDS Cheetah Beta documentation is now online at this location: http://publib.boulder.ibm.com/infocenter/idshelp/v111/
- enjoy![Read More
Today sees the announcement of Cheetah
. Informix Zone
has done a nice job of collating the English and German press coverage
; the leitmotif of which might be summarized as "global availability".
Yesterday there were meetings and breakfast/lunches to mark the announcement at the major IDS development sites, with an IDS all-hands call hosted in Lenexa by Jerry Keesee
(Development) and Bernie Spang
Here in Beaverton the IDS development team met to discuss ways to improve communication between engineers working on IDS at the various sites (e.g. Lenexa, Menlo Park, Beaverton, India, Germany, and various smaller outposts). I was unfortunately unable to participate due to an urgent appointment with Cannon Beach
which I'm pleased to report was pleasantly sunny, but it was interesting to look at the meeting minutes. An improved centralized website providing for the needs of IDS development engineers was high on the agenda - it's all too easy to end up with too many partial information solutions in a distributed development environment - a website here, a wiki there, a team room somewhere else. Once in a while someone needs to take a look at the current state of available information and develop a new root site or at least refurbish the old one; with central links to the most important knowledge sources, a decent search engine, and evaluate what information is not readily available. An example of information no longer readily available that was discussed is a centralized ftp server for all internal Informix downloads - something we once had but over the years has devolved into multiple ftp servers and NFS drives. It is good to have these discussions, some of the problems are readily solved with willingness and a few hundred GB of storage.[Read More
Yes, the cat is out of the bag...
Today IBM announced the Cheetah Open Beta. See this press release on MarketWire... IBM, AMD and Novell Team on Linux Offering for Informix Dynamic Server - Next Generation IDS "Cheetah" Enters Open Beta Testing
ARMONK, NY -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 14, 2007 -- IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced that it is teaming with AMD and Novell to create an integrated Linux offering built around IBM's next generation Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) data server, code-named "Cheetah." IBM also revealed that Cheetah has now entered an open beta testing for customers and business partners.
The new IBM Cheetah site referenced by the press release is here.. http://www.ibm.com/software/data/informix/ids/new Update: the site is now working!
I'd not heard of the Linux/Novell deal before, sounds interesting...
"IDS Cheetah's support for open source applications development combined with SUSE Linux Enterprise Server's high performance and reliability will allow us to deliver to customers a solution to maximize their application investments and to benefit from the vast application resources available," said Roger Levy, Novell vice president and general manager of Open Platform Solutions....The new IDS Cheetah Linux bundle is expected to be available through the ValueNet business partner program beginning in 2007. Specific terms on the program are being worked out and will be announced at product launch.
Now the open Beta has begun, I'll be adding more posts during the day with download and forum links..
This is the IBM Media Relations site
link to the press release.[Read More
Tuesday's Chat with the labs with Jerry Keesee
was full of new information about next year's Informix Dynamic Server Cheetah
release. In case you missed it the slides are available on the Informix product family webcasts
site. See the Informix Zone
write-up for a summary of the talk.
Rather than repeat Informix Zone which did a great job at summarizing the key points, I'll just mention what I found particularly interesting...Open Beta
The open Cheetah Beta begins in February. Expect to see Cheetah test drive CDs made available at conferences.vNext+
Investment and planning is already in place for the next two major IDS releases beyond Cheetah, through 2011.Stability
An increase in the number of nightly QA tests and R&D engineers has led to a significant reduction in defects and hence an increase in stability for recent new IDS releases.IDSAdmin
A new web based administration tool for IDS is announced. IDSAdmin has generated a lot of interest when we've shown it at tech fairs and Conferences over the last year so it's nice to see it in the official road map. Written in PHP, It builds on three major new Cheetah features:
- SQL Admin Commands - IDS administration operations such as manipulating dbspaces, chunks, logs and more are accessible from SQL via a UDR
- Built-In Database Scheduler aka DBCron - a flexible method to write and schedule database tasks to run at specific times
- SQL History - historical data about SQL statements can be stored and analyzed, providing invaluable performance tuning information
These interfaces will be open and have already being shared with partners who create IDS Administration tools such as Server Studio
. IDSAdmin is not yet available in the closed Beta, but we're hoping it will be available for testing in time for the Open Beta.New APIs
Expect to see official support for Ruby and other drivers in mid-2007 - thankfully open source developers have not been waiting for this and have already made Ruby and many other drivers for IDS available.Java Common Client
Support for JDBC 4.0 is on its way. The Common Client is a single JDBC interface to support IDS and DB2. This should make life easier for application developers supporting multiple data servers as well as enabling R&D to concentrate resources and not re-invent the wheel. I'd be happy to see more streamlining of application development support, while the data servers continue to specialize in what they do best.Uptime Survey Results
We learnt some interesting facts like 25% of IDS sites require no DBA time at all, and the average Informix DBA expends 7 minutes per user per week. Several responders reported not having an Informix related outage in the last 5 years.
If you attended this talk and have any additional comments let me know.[Read More