Informix is one of the world’s most widely used database servers, with users ranging from the world’s largest corporations to start-ups. Informix incorporates design concepts that are significantly different from traditional relational platforms, resulting in extremely high levels of performance and availability, distinctive capabilities in data replication and scalability, and minimal administrative overhead.

The current version is v12.1. Read more about the editions of Informix.

Why is it one of the best databases around?

Informix is the best database when it comes to:

  • OLTP performance.
  • Ease of maintenance.
  • Embeddability.
  • Hybrid model between relational & NoSQL.

A little history

Roger Sippl, ca. Aug. 1997
Roger Sippl, ca. Aug. 1997

Informix Corporation, originally named Relational Database Systems Inc., was created in 1980 by Roger Sippl. In 1986, The company changed its name to Informix Corporation and went public, raising $9 million.

In 1989, Phillip E. White took over as chief executive.

In 1996, Informix acquired Illustra Information Technologies, an object/relational database company.

In 1997, Informix was rocked by charges of accounting fraud and illegal insider trading.

In 2001, Informix sold its database subsidiary, Informix Software, to IBM, and renamed itself Ascential Software.

In 2005, IBM acquires the last bit of Informix, Ascential Software.

Based on Wikipedia’s article on Informix Corporation.


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