Arvind Krishna's Data Servers keynote at IOD today added some detail about Cheetah. Starting with some reasons why 8 of the top 10 retailers and 20 or the top 25 supermarkets use Informix Dynamic Server, he went on to outline some of the new Cheetah features, including enhanced performance, reliability and availability, enhanced spatial geodetic support for location based services, advanced security features such as LBAC, Common Criteria Security Certification, encryption across replicated nodes, encryption for backups and key management.
A new press release also coincided with the start of IOD: IBM Previews IDS "Cheetah" Data Server.
In the morning I attended an interesting talk by Christian Holzer (former midfielder for 1860 Munich) entitled The German Premier Soccer League: Powered By Informix, WebSphere and EGL, describing how data on every action in German and Austrian football league games are recorded into an IDS database and used by media companies for real-time graphics and by team coaches for researching players and selecting teams. Successful tests with RFID chips on players and in the ball are leading to massively increased real-time data gathering in future seasons. There was speculation in the audience about whether RFID chips would lead to an end to offside disputes. Christian's view is that the offside rules need to be changed before that can happen since they don't currently specify whether it's just a foot, or any part of the body which triggers offside - this could affect placement of RFID chips.