IBM Informix Survey for Continuous Availability White Paper
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IBMR InformixR is the database software voted #1 in customer satisfaction.
Clients choose Informix because it is reliable, low cost, and hassle free.
Solution providers choose Informix for its best-of-breed embeddability.
Yet, there are some people that still don't 'get' Informix, or realize the
many benefits of deploying it. Help us gather data to support this claim.
- Informix is exceptionally hardware efficient, which means that (in the
REAL world) you need to spend MUCH less on hardware to get the same
performance as other products.
- Informix is exceptionally reliable, which means that (in the REAL world)
you don't need to pay lots of people to make sure it stays 'up'.
- Informix is exceptionally scalable, which means that (in the REAL world)
it can be idling one moment and then processing thousands of transactions
the next with no apparent stress.
Advanced DataTools is working with Oninit, to gather data about what happens
in the REAL world to support these assertions with empirical evidence in the
The data collected will be used to compile a report that will be made
available to every CTO, IT Director and IT Manager. Along with this, they
will receive a list of all the major application vendors that are now
porting their applications to Informix V11.5 and a document outlining the
key reasons to choose Informix.
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I wanted everyone to be aware that a continuous availability white paper is being written and you can have your voice heard by going to http://www.advancedatatools.com/Informix/Survey.html and filling out the survey. I would urge all of you to please take the survey, and blog about it if possible. Here is more information about what is being done:
kbrown3 060001S1HU Tags:  informix availability high scale-out replication scalability 2 Comments 4,942 Views
With the IIUG conference around the corner I have been looking through a fair number of presentations on Informix. On the one hand I am excited about all the great technology we have and am sure the attendees will be very happy with the content. On the other hand I also know that many of these presentations will be used with new and prospective customers. What strikes me is that while the presentations do a great job at describing what we have done they do less well describing why we have done it. Looking at isolated features it's hard to get a sense of why anyone would need them or how they integrate with the other features we have. For people that know our product this is not such a problem. If you know our product it is much easier to see how and why we implemented many of our new features.
An example of what I am talking about is replication. We've done a great job presenting each function individually - HDR, ER, RSS, SDS, CDC, etc... but what is often missing is how these features fit together. Its sort of like describing a car in terms of its parts -
All of these are useful in their own right in many situations, however if you don't present the bigger picture then your listener may miss the point. This is basically what I think we often do with our functionality. We talk about the features in isolation without referring to the bigger picture.
To resolve this Madison, myself, Fred, Jasna, and many others have been rethinking ways to present our high availability and scalability so that people realize that we have a seamless suite of functionality rather than a bunch of disparate individual features. Since the lower level presentations seem pretty complete we concentrated on the high level messaging.
The 10,000 foot view is that we have the most comprehensive high availability and scalability solutions around. With Informix high availability we provide "always on" capability in nearly any environment and we are able to do it in the most cost effective way possible. From a scalability point of view we are able to get great performance whether we scale out locally or globally, or when we scaling up. It makes more sense to talk about scenarios where high availability or scalability is needed and how we can solve them rather than starting with describing the features then talking about use cases. If you are unfamiliar with Informix these high level statements and use cases make much more of an impact than saying "We have HDR/RSS/SDS/ER/CDC/CLR... and you really need to hear how each of these work". After this overview is given there will be plenty of time for drilling down into the functionality that makes this possible.
The intent here is not to pick on high availability, we have many features which need to be presented in a more user friendly way. I feel Informix is the best database around and we should look for every opportunity to promote it to as many people as possible, especially those not already familiar with Informix. Enhancing our message to be clearer can only help.