What virtualization solutions does IBM support for Informix Dynamic Server running on different hardware and operating system versions?
This question, or variations on the theme, is asked a lot, and I hope this article will go some way toward answering it.
Fortunately IBM has a common-sense policy when it comes to supporting IDS in virtualized environments. There is an official technical support document in the works and when I find out it's been published I'll link to it, but it basically says virtualization is supported - you won't be asked to reproduce a problem on a physical machine, unless it is determined as part of the diagnostic process that your problem might be related to the virtualization layer, or unless IDS is installed in a virtual configuration that has a known problem.
Informix Virtualization Platform support matrix
Certain combinations of chipset, virtualization solution, operating system and IDS version have been explicitly validated and tested. This virtualization platform support matrix can be found at theIDS virtualization support wiki on developerWorks. If you need IDS running in a virtual machine combination that is not listed here let us know. Many solutions (for example Microsoft Hyperv) are known to work well, they just haven't yet gone through the formalized testing process that was used to create this matrix.
IDS and the HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE)
If you have an questions and concerns about running IDS in an HP Virtual Server environment, HP have published an excellent document called the HP reference configuration for HP Virtual Server Environment (VSE) and IBM Informix Dynamic Server (PDF file). Complete with workload measurements and up to date with IDS 11.50 features this is a must-read for anyone thinking of using IDS on HP, and considering virtualization.
VMWare Guest OS Guide
Want to know if Solaris 10 x64 is supported as a guest OS in VMWare? A good place to answer questions like this is the VMWare Guest Operating System Installation Guide (PDF file) - it is the definitive guide to which guest operating systems are supported under VMWare and how to install them.
There is very active development going on to expand the current IDS virtual machine offerings, expect to see some interesting announcements in the next few weeks/months.