In a recent IT-Director.com article entitled Informix seeks developers, David Norfolk, a senior analyst at Bloor Research shares his thoughts on an "alternative" database, namely Informix Dynamic Server, and how it is looking increasingly attractive to application developers.
With quotes from the Informix lab director Jerry Keesee, there are some notes on IDS positioning as a database for "high-performance OLTP, especially in embedded (integrated) environments — because it is scalable, reliable, easy to manage and performs well".
The main focus of the article is that IDS "doesn't appear to be a dead-end as far as development goes." (Not a dead-end, I'll suggest that one to Marketing.) Evidence cited includes new developer friendly features such as the SQL Admin API, the free Developer Edition, the MAC OSX port, the Data Studio "Application Lifecycle Management" (ALM) environment, and the Solid acquisition with its expected synergy with IDS.
The article can in some ways be seen as a follow-up to an earlier IT-Director analysis by Philip Howard: IBM and Informix, where the IDS 11.10 release and some of its new features were highlighted, and the message conveyed that the future of IDS looks promising with IBM's increased focus on information on demand.