Check out the press release and some great quotes from some of our customers and partners.
The New Informix
From archive: October 2010 X
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It's here !!!!
Here is the US announcement
Here is the Canada announcement
Here is the EMEA announcement
Here is the AP announcement
Here is the LA announcement
True to it's heritage, Informix continues to build on it's key differentiating capabilities that Informix customers and partners, known more widely as "Informix fans" have come to love. You can read more about the different features across the editions at http://www.informix.com
So what's new with Informix v11.7? Let me provide a very brief intro here.
Informix Flexible Grid : Informix now offers a very easy way to do something truly powerful - deploy Informix engines in a grid environment. With grid based replication enhancements, you can now:
Best-of-Breed Embedability enhancements that gets more autonomics: Again, this continues to enhance one of the core strengths of Informix, mainly the ability to embed Informix easily. Over the last few years, especially starting Informix v11.10, a lot of focus went into autonomics - self configuring, self-healing, self-optimizing and self-protecting characteristics. So what did we do more?
Security: Security remains a top business priority for Informix customers. With that in mind, Informix v11.70 offers:
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The foot traffic was slower today. However one of the key sponsored sessions today was the IBM session - "Optimizing Infrastructure - Decisions that impact hardware, software and management costs". This was basically a panel made up of two industry experts : Derek Wise, Technical Director, CCP and Rick Lambright, previously Chief Architect of Gazillion Entertainment and currently CTO and Co-founder of Motiga. The session was kicked off by Lisa Johnston, Director, IM Marketing programs, IBM.
The panel was moderated by George Dolbier, CTO, Interactive Media at IBM. This was a very insightful session and was well attended. It was obvious very soon that there were some serious challenges on the infrastructure for games. The session meandered through several topics - biggest hidden costs, provisioning challenges , game design, data driven programming, performance and latency.
My own personal observation is that the amount of data generated and the usage of this data for analytics has definitely been on the rise in this industry. Database scalability and high availability were other topics that were discussed. Overall it did seem that the decision around database selection is still more on the tactical side , than strategic. However, all indications are that over time that is slowly changing. Here are some pictures from the session today(from left to right: George Dolbier (standing) and Derek Wise, Derek Wise and Rick Lambright, Rick Lambright
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The Expo to the Austin Game Developer Conference opened today. Again as I mentioned before, this conference is somewhat unprecedented for Informix in that the sole IBM product focus for this conference is Informix !
And in fact our day at the booth was pretty busy, lots of booth visitors and questions on Informix. Here's my personal summary of day 1 at the expo booth:
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The Game Developers Conference kicks off on October 5th 2010 in Austin, at the Austin Convention Center. This year IBM , more than anyhas other year, IBM has put some significant $$ into this event and it's all specifically for - yes you guessed it - Informix!
IBM will have a booth that will be running Informix demos, a sponsored coffee session break and a sponsored session on Optimizing Game Infrastructure. This session will be a panel of couple of experts from the industry - current and former CTOs and moderated by George Dolbier from IBM. These experts will talk about the crucial role that databases play as part of optimizing game infrastructure and some of the market leading and differentiating capabilities of Informix. If you will be at this conference, don't miss out on this session! If you know of anyone in the industry attending this conference, do encourage them to attend this session.