Cathy Elliot has started a new blog called Informix Voices. Here Cathy will be interviewing people connected with Informix and putting their thoughts, opinions and perspectives on the blog. She's using the new My developerWorks as a platform for the blog, I've not tried My developerWorks yet but it looks good.
The IIUG conference kicks off today so Cathy is in the right place. I'm currently in Portland airport waiting for a flight to Kansas, hoping the hotel shuttle will get me there in time to enjoy the welcome reception.
This conference there are various activities around virtualization and cloud computing.. an Informix virtualization session on Monday, a Birds of a Feather session on Monday evening, Anant Jhingran's keynote on cloud computing on Tuesday morning, an Amazon Web Services session on Tuesday, and various demos in the Demo hall, including a very cool one on using Spatial data with Enterprise Replication in the cloud. Expect to see the IDS virtual appliance used as the host platform for many of these demos, from cloud computing to the Informix Warehouse feature. The neat pre-configured environment of the VA saves a lot of setup time and presents a consistent look and feel. In my case it also spares people from having to look directly at the mess that is the over-configured Windows environment on my laptop, where I have trouble finding anything I did. Talking of Windows I'm glad I get to do my IDS on Windows Technical deep dive on Wednesday, which will mean Tuesday night updating slides to put the latest 11.50.xC4 information on (hint.. oninit -w, previously available on UNIX, is a great new feature for Windows embeddability and represents a new model for Informix architecture on Windows, expect a blog post on it some time too).