The New Informix
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YES - I have been slow with my updates. Call me a slacker, but better late than never. My travels have taken me eastward in the last two months. My first trip was on an Informix event for customers and partners in Mumbai, India. We held a "unique" one of a kind one-day event for our Informix loyalists in India. This was our opportunity to present some of the key new Informix capabilities in 11.70 and especially gave me the opportunity to shed some more light on IWA or the Informix Warehouse Accelerator. The event was well attended and you can find all the details at the Informix India facebook page https://www.facebook.com/informixindia
Already knowing that Informix customers are Informix fans, it still pleasantly surprises me to see how passionate the Informix customers are about Informix. In a country where bottom line savings, reliability needs and low cost of ownership take on a whole new meaning, it's easy to see how Informix stands out with this user base.
I also got reprimanded for not blogging enough by one our loyalists (you know who you are :-)).
One of the goals out of this meeting was to kick-off a local user group in the region and I am happy to say that with the help of Stuart Litel our IIUG president, we have found a couple of our customer/partner representatives who have agreed to lead this important agenda for us. Stayed tuned to hear more about that from Louis Cherian. Additionally we know have regularly scheduled "Chat with the Lab" events that provide deeper insights from the lab on many of the Informix features.
For details of Informix things happening in India, be sure to bookmark the following pages:
Informix Product Manager
If you are looking to understand , read more about or trying to decide on choosing a warehouse technology that is right for you, this article on DBTA by Roger Gaskell should make an interesting read:
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Today, we announced the Informix Growth Warehouse Edition along with some pricing updates on the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition. The announcements can be found here:
Built around the same Informix Warehouse Accelerator technology available with the The Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition, the Informix Growth Warehouse offering brings the same performance and capabilities to the mid-market. The Growth Warehouse can be put on a machine that has upto 16 cores and 48 GB of RAM allowing customers the potential to accelerate data mart sizes up to 250 GB or sometimes a little more, depending on the compression obtained.
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Fred Ho and Lester Knutsen talked about the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition on a very well attended web cast organized by InformationWeek. There were a lot of questions that Fred has documented as Q&A at this blog which can be found here
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Ok well, I tried. Over the last week we seemed to have skipped Spring altogether in the "Heartland of America" and taken a short cut to summer PLUS, more to the point of the blog, I have been on some calls with our business partners and a couple of customers over our new offering - the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition. As a result, I have compiled a set of "generally asked" questions that I thought are worthwhile sharing with you. Here they are:
Q. How does this new Informix warehouse offering announcement impact existing entitlements and contracts?
The IBM Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition is a new edition in the Informix family. It has no impact on existing entitlements and contracts. This edition is not a replacement offering for any existing offerings or editions.
Q. What does this new edition offer those who have the Informix Ultimate Edition?
The Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition offers additional value over the Informix Ultimate Edition. This new offering is composed of 3 key software components: a) Accelerator-ready Informix Ultimate Edition, b) Informix Warehouse Accelerator and c) Informix Compression. This edition offers customers significant performance improvements and allows customers to optimize performance in a mixed workload environment. The Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition is available as a trade-up to existing Ultimate Edition customers.
Q. I have a warehouse currently on Informix Ultimate. How do I obtain this new edition? Is this available on all platforms?
Customers on Ultimate Edition have a trade-up option to obtain Ultimate Warehouse Edition for their current PVU entitlements. This Edition is available on the following platforms: Sun Sol 64 bit, AIX 64 bit, Linux 64 bit, HP-UX 64 bit, however please note that the Informix Warehouse Accelerator needs to run on Intel Linux 64-bit.
Q. If I have Growth Edition, can I trade-up to Ultimate Warehouse Edition?
Customers on Growth Edition would need to trade-up to Ultimate Edition. If customers have extreme performance requirements for their warehouse that are not met by Informix Ultimate Edition, customers can trade-up to the Ultimate Warehouse Edition.
Q. Why is this a new edition and not a new feature option?
Based on our new strategy around pricing and packaging (announced May 2010), which was based on feedback from our user and partner community, we have moved away from adding new feature options to the Ultimate editions for the server. Further, the warehouse offering really is a combination of Accelerator-ready Informix Ultimate(which is required for the Informix Accelerator to work), the Informix Warehouse Accelerator itself and the set of tools to configure and deploy.
Q. What is the sweet spot for this offering?
This is targeted towards the Informix install base. Additionally, the following is defined as the sweet spot for Informix Ultimate Warehouse:
a) Up to 5 TB data mart requiring acceleration
b) Data warehouses with Star Schema design
c) Requirement to support mixed
OLTP/OLAP workloads and high concurrency on the same system
Q. I currently have Informix Ultimate Edition on one of the supported platforms other than Linux. What does a trade-up provide me with?
The trade-up gives customers additional value at a nominal price. For the price of the trade-up, customers get entitlements to an accelerator-ready version of Informix Ultimate and Informix storage optimization feature that they can immediately deploy to their existing environment plus entitlements to the Informix Warehouse Accelerator. The warehouse accelerator needs additional processing power as well as memory and customers would typically need to purchase additional cores to deploy the accelerator component.
Q. What BI tools does this offering support?
Popular vendor tools such as IBM Cognos, Microstrategy, Business Objects all work with Informix and have been deployed by several Informix customers.
Q. Will SAP/Peoplesoft work with this offering?
Customers have to ensure that the versions of SAP and Peoplesoft in question have been
certified with Informix 11.70xC2. Secondly, customers will need to be given access to the schema and data maintained by SAP/PeopleSoft in order to define the data mart for acceleration with the Informix Warehouse Accelerator component.
Q. Will these new editions be eligible for sub-capacity licensing?
Yes. All for-purchase
Informix software is eligible for sub-capacity licensing.
Q. What metric is the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition available on?
Processor Value Unit (PVU)
Q. How are my PVU entitlements counted for when I install the different components on different systems?
Customer has to acquire PVUs to cover processor cores for all systems on which the resources managed by the program reside. For instance, if the customer plans to deploy the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition on an HP itanium system, they may do so, and would deploy the Informix Warehouse Accelerator on a Linux-Intel system. The customer then configures the required data marts from the warehouse for deployment with Informix Warehouse Accelerator. Those data marts reside on IWA for processing. If the HP system is 4 cores and the Linux Intel system is 12 cores, the customer acquires PVU entitlements for 16 cores.
Q. What if I still have questions?
There is an e-mail alias where you may send questions and get answers from the most appropriate IBM resources: askIFMX@us.ibm.com#informix
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This is the sign hanging on data warehouses today: "Wanted: Technology for Extreme Performance ".
Introducing the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition for our Informix customers - you can read the official announcements here:
So what's all the excitement about ? The IBM Informix Ultimate Warehouse offering is all about bringing extreme performance enhancements to Informix warehouse workloads using breakthrough warehouse acceleration technology. Yup I know that is a mouthful. But hold your questions right there!
First let me delve into the packaged contents of this offering before we get into the details. The offering is basically a brand new edition that consists of :
Here is how it all works in a nutshell :
Your warehouse continues to be managed by #Informix and your BI queries continue to run against Informix. When a query is run against a data mart that is configured for acceleration, the Informix optimizer ships off that query to the accelerator and returns the results from the accelerator back to the BI application. The following graphic attempts to illustrate this:
The Informix Ultimate Edition is supported on 64-bit versions of the following OSes: AIX, Sol, HP-UX and Linux:
The IWA component is supported on the following platforms:
To learn more about the Informix Ultimate Warehouse Edition visit the Informix Warehouse page or attend the various Discover Informix and IIUG events coming your way or look for other blogs from various Informix experts. Don't forget to register for and attend the IIUG Conference in May 2011.
To leave with a final thought, here's my favorite one for your warehousing environment : Take "NO" for an answer !!!!