Informix: the good news and the bad news
Source: IT-Analysis.com - Posted by Benjamin D. Thomas   
Host Security There is both good news and bad news for Informix users. The good news is that Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 10, which represents a major new release of the database, is now available. The bad news is that future versions of SAP (with NetWeaver) will no longer be available on the Informix platform, with this support to be phased out starting with the next SAP release.

Let me first discuss the bad news. IBM tells me that this is not its decision. I believe it. From SAP's perspective this is one less platform to support, which reduces its costs. From IBM's perspective, this means that some proportion of those users will migrate away from Informix, and only a percentage of those will move to DB2 while others will be lost to competitive vendors. So, this makes sense from SAP's point of view though not from IBM's. Fortunately, my guess is that this only affects a minority of Informix users, though that is no comfort is you are one of that number.

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