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Exciting announcements unveiled at IOD EMEA 2010

Just as I thought, this year is turning out to be an exciting one for Informix. The five days I spent with other Informix users, partners, and IBM employees at the Information On Demand (IOD) Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) Conference in Rome confirmed it. IOD EMEA saw the announcement of some great news, starting with the most important pricing change to the Informix product line since IBM purchased the product line in 2001—in my opinion, of course. Now, a free Informix edition called Innovator-C is downloadable; not only is it for test and development use, but it also can be deployed for production use within your installation. To redistribute Innovator-C, you will need to obtain a license from IBM.

So what else is new? We now have two editions that replace the old Enterprise and Workgroup Editions of Informix Dynamic Server: Informix Ultimate Edition and Informix Growth Edition. Back in the good old days (as my father used to say), Informix had a certain reputation: you buy it, you get everything. Well, the new Ultimate Edition is inspired by the good old days and includes everything (make that almost everything—compression being the one exception), with no restrictions.

How does Growth Edition stack up to the previous Workgroup version? Pretty darn well: Growth Edition includes more features at no extra charge. Plus, you can now deploy a three-node cluster of shared disk on the Growth Edition.

If you’re an IBM Business Partner, the new pricing and packaging gives you the opportunity to go after the market in different ways, sell more, and offer a lower entry price to get new customers on board with Informix. For existing customers, you get the chance to start those additional projects or add to the ongoing ones in a simplified and less expensive way. Or maybe you can utilize features that cost extra before but are now included in the new packaging. Either way, the array of new versions opens the door for Informix and new opportunities.

If you want to download your no-charge copy or learn more about the new versions of Informix, you can do so at ibm.com/informix or check out links for all the new packages at the IIUG Web site.

Speaking of delighting the Informix community, the IBM Information On Demand 2010 Global Conference is scheduled for October 24–28 at Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in Las Vegas, Nevada. This event highlights the full breadth of the IBM Information Management portfolio, ranging from hundreds of technical sessions to more than 100 hands-on labs and much, much more, including the rumored announcement of the next release of Informix, code-named Panther.

IBM goes all out at this event, so try not to miss it! For more details about IOD, check out ibm.com/software/data/conf. See you all in Las Vegas, and be aware that a few Panthers will be running around Mandalay Bay.

I’m also proud to report that this past spring’s IIUG Informix Conference was a major success. We surpassed the 2009 attendance and had more sponsors, more attendees (from more than 22 different countries), and more technical sessions than ever before. Among the presentations at the conference was the announcement of the 2010 IIUG Annual Director’s Awards, which were presented to Thomas Girsch of Hilton Worldwide and Bruce Weed of IBM for their outstanding contributions to the Informix community. The event date and location are not yet set for the 2011 IIUG Informix Conference, but stay tuned to this column and the IIUG Web site or the conference Web site for more details.