IBM has announced what it describes as the most significant upgrade to the Informix database server solution since it bought the platform six years ago.
Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) version 10 is designed to provide increased performance, reliability and scalability, while helping customers lower total cost of ownership, said IBM.
IDS v10 features new automated capabilities that ease deployment and administration, as well as security enhancements like data encryption, that enable clients to comply with new regulations such as Sarbanes-Oxley, Basel II and HIPAA.
Additionally, IDS v10 comes with more flexible licensing options than previous versions. The database server includes a Java-based installation feature designed to cut installation time in half, and its smaller footprint makes it easier to embed into applications.
The system’s Enterprise Replication (ER) also now supports templates to simplify deploying ER. And backup and restore utilities have been enhanced to provide more flexibility, faster set-up of secondary servers and better log management facilities, said IBM.
IDS is a leading embedded database in market segments such as retail, telecommunications, healthcare, and government.
In North America, eight of the top 10 retailers and 20 of the top 25 supermarkets are Informix customers, illustrating why IBM is committed to developing the platform.
IBM also plans a cheaper IDS v10 Express edition, which will be available in the second quarter of 2005.