IBM Informix Road Map for 2012 : An interview with Jerry Kessee

I had the opportunity to interview Jerry Kessee (World Wide Director, Informix Software) during the Informix India Annual User Group Meet 2012 which took place on the 16th of February 2012 in Mumbai.

While speaking with him, I got a chance to ask him about the road map of Informix in 2012. In his response, he spent a few minutes speaking about the milestones achieved by Informix, especially last year.

To summarize, there were a lot a lot of ground breaking technologies that were introduced last year, some of the highlights include

  • The introduction of Informix 11.7 which revolved around the technology of flexible grid focused on ‘clustering’, which allowed a company to better leverage heterogeneous hardware in a cluster and to leverage on share disk technology. Companies could use it for scale out, workload balancing etc., which eventually helps in achieving 24/7 availability. With these features, we were able to drive a key message to our customers, which is ‘Maintenance and upgrade without any downtime’ – which is extremely valuable to our customers.
  • Then came the introduction of the ultimate warehouse edition which is an in memory columnar based warehouse that uses extreme compression – we would like to talk about analytics at the speed of thought and our customers have benchmarked that technology at 500 to 700 fast performance improvement
  • Genero has been OEM’ed from 4J’s. This technology allows our customers to modernize and develop new applications not restricted to web space more importantly in the mobile space.

And this year’s focus is primarily around the following:

  • Warehouse technology
  • Modernization
  • Leveraging Informix’s unique capabilities around TimeSeries and Spatial data to focus particularly around the smarter planet initiative and,
  • Enhancing the overall OLTP capabilities

Jerry reinforced the focus of Informix in the coming years, and touched upon how critical Informix is also to the smarter planet initiative. The road map for Informix looks very promising and allows our customers and prospects to choose a lot of great technologies.

You can watch the complete interview on YouTube, by clicking here.

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Until next time,

Louis

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