Archive - 2018


April 17th

akagel's picture

Looks like Oracle is worried about Informix again!

OMG, it looks like Oracle is beginning to worry about Informix! Why would I say that? Isn't Oracle "The world's most popular database!"? Why should they worry?

I dunno, but in February Oracle announced v18c (actually v12.2 but read on). This latest release of Oracle implements tons of features that have been in Informix for up to 28 years! The need to compete with Informix on features again seems to have surfaced!

Not to tout Oracle, but to point out how forward thinking the Informix development team is, witness:

March 9th

fnunes's picture

Backups to cloud / Backups para a núvem

A webcast about Informix backup integration with cloud storage(original version here)

English version
One of the features in the latest fixpack (12.10.FC10) was the ability to send your backups to the cloud. This can be achieved by integrating PSM (Primary Storage Manager) which is bundled with Informix with cloud services (like Amazon S3 or IBM Cloud Storage, previously Softlayer).

fnunes's picture

Informix on AWS / Informix na Amazon (AWS)

A webcast about HCL offering of Informix in the cloud (Amazon) (original version here)

English version
HCL has just made Informix database available on the Amazon AWS cloud. Find out more on this blob post:

March 5th

akagel's picture

What are reasons

What are reasons to migrate away from Informix?

OK, I haven't lost my mind. I have been active on a social media site called Quora where people ask questions on just about any topic. Some are technical, some are social, some are just annoying. Recently someone asked the question above. Eric Vercelletto posted one answer and I posted another. Here is an expanded version of my response for your amusement.

January 3rd

Monitoring Informix with Grafana


In a presentation I gave at IIUG 2017 titled Making system monitoring better I showed, without much detail, how Grafana is a powerful tool for visualising what is happening within your Informix server. Performance metrics from your database server are collected at regular (usually 10 second) intervals and stored in a time-series database which can be used as the source for dashboards containing dynamic graphs and other ways of presenting the data. For the DBA the benefits are legion: