Two new Informix white papers were published today..
Administering Informix Dynamic Server on Microsoft Windows (PDF)
This 63 page white paper starts where the IDS documentation leaves off and describes some of the "under the hood" aspects of IDS on Windows, with plenty of administration and troubleshooting tips. If you use or administer IDS on Windows you should find this paper very useful.
I'd been tinkering away on versions of this document since 2006, when a request for an IDS on Windows document was made during a customer meeting. I remember the meeting because it took place while waiting in line at the Haunted Mansion at Disneyworld (see photo). The document was provided but we thought it would be good to continue improving it and write a more extensive document. Liesel in Munich Advanced Support started working on it with me and added a lot of technical content. Later Jasna, one of our Information Development authors, joined us to make it readable and help with the publishing requirements (which were more exacting than we expected). I am very happy to see this document see the light of day.
IBM Informix Dynamic Server Storage Optimization (PDF)
This paper written by Scott Lashley is an in depth look at the new IDS Compression feature. Read it to understand how you can improve performance, save on backup and restore time, reduce buffer usage and save up to 80% of storage.