Compare the IBM Informix v.14.10 editions

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Learn the differences in features, functions, and pricing models across all IBM Informix v.14.10 editions

Carlton Doe
First published: December 2007
19th Edition, published: May 2019

A PDF copy may be downloaded from here. The comparison table in spreadsheet form is available here.
For an archived view of the last IBM Informix v.12 version of this document, click for the PDF and spreadsheet.

Introduction

IBM Informix is IBM’s premier database for high-volume online transaction processing (OLTP), embedded database, edge processing, integrated applications, and breathtakingly fast data warehouse / analytical workloads. IBM Informix has built an incredible reputation over time as the database server that “just works!” IBM Informix has kept pace with its customers as they’ve grown and expanded without costing them a fortune for ongoing maintenance and administration. In most cases, these companies have grown without requiring significant infrastructure upgrades or additional personnel because IBM Informix is so efficient.

In 2015, IBM Informix extended its footprint beyond the traditional on-premise or cloud deployment model to include edge-of-the-network capabilities. IBM Informix is the only enterprise-class database ported to ARM V6 (and above) and the most popular O/S’s that run there. This ARM port of IBM Informix is not limited in terms of functionality; it includes all the advanced features such as Sensor Data support, JSON/BSON integration, data replication, dynamic scalability and more. This range of feature and platform support is why IBM Informix is IBM’s Internet-of-Things database engine. With IBM Informix v.14.10, IBM Informix now supports the 64-bit ARM V8 platform.

In April 2017, IBM made a significant and positive announcement regarding the IBM Informix product family —  a 15 year Intellectual Property Partnership (IPP) with HCL to jointly develop, support and sell /market IBM Informix products. It is important to understand this was NOT a sale of IBM Informix, rather HCL assumed responsibility for the development and advanced support of IBM Informix products. Since that time, nothing has changed for existing IBM customers. IBM continues to sell IBM Informix and handle all current IBM Informix customer interactions. IBM continues to control product direction and development. HCL has the option to expand how and where IBM Informix is sold, moving it into new markets not addressed by IBM. This was very good news for those concerned about the continued enhancement and investment in the IBM Informix family of products. Part of the fruit of that announcement, and the work from it, is the newly released IBM Informix version 14.10 discussed here.

Customers choose IBM Informix because of its reliability, flexibility, ease of use, and low total cost of ownership. IBM Informix works without a problem or major administrative issues regardless of the operating system it is running on. As a result, applications can be managed as the business dictates, not by technological limitations. In short, IBM Informix is “Stronger, Faster and more Flexible.” IBM Informix is available across a broad range platforms and 64-bit operating systems, including AIX®, HP-UX (Itanium), Solaris (Sparc), Linux®, Linux®-IBM Power (Little Endian), Windows®, and ARM V8. Regardless of which platform you choose, IBM Informix will be “Stronger, Faster and more Flexible” than other database products you’re familiar with.

Not all customers need the same database features and functionality. In some cases, this is a technological decision. For example, a customer may require advanced data replication, or support for special data types such as spatial, time series, or unstructured data in JavaScript Object Notation (JSON) / Binary JSON (BSON). In other cases, licensing requirements and budgets drive these decisions. The IBM Informix licensing model was designed to address technology, licensing, and budget needs.

IBM continues to enhance and evolve the IBM Informix licensing model to meet market and customer demands. IBM Informix has “no-cost” editions that can be downloaded and used for development, test and limited production workloads, and enterprise-class “for-purchase” editions. All editions are tailored from a price and functionality perspective to a specific market segment. As with a lot of IBM software, IBM Informix provides sub-capacity license options to help clients control costs. All editions may be deployed in on-premise, “virtual,” public/private cloud or container environments giving customers complete deployment flexibility. Finally, for the ultimate in flexibility and pricing convenience, customers can take advantage of “pay-as-you-go,” ready-to-use public cloud computing technologies featuring IBM Informix through the IBM cloud and other providers.

In addition to being a high-performance operational or OLTP database engine, IBM Informix has additional functionality that can be added to Enterprise Edition to serve as a high-performance data warehouse or data analysis server. Called the IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA) and sold as the Advanced Enterprise Edition, this technology uses a number of proprietary data processing technologies as well as compression and a columnar approach to storing and accessing data in-memory as opposed to row-oriented, disk-based system like most database engines. In-memory columnar processing enables IBM Informix to provide virtually unlimited data warehouse growth while providing data response times that are hundreds of times faster than many conventional data-warehouse systems. This technology is available in two editions: IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition for “no-limits” implementations as well as in the Advanced Developer Edition for building and testing applications.

IBM Informix v.14.10 key enhancements

With the release of IBM Informix v.14.10 in March 2019, IBM Informix continued building on its “Simply Powerful” foundation and is now “Stronger, Faster and more Flexible.”  To highlight just a few things in IBM Informix v.14.10:

  • Stronger — IBM Informix expanded its native data encryption at rest feature by adding support for off-site encryption key management services such as AWS Remote Keystore. In addition, IBM Informix now provides a simpler and more secure method to encrypt and decrypt instance backups automatically regardless of the encryption state of the spaces themselves. Similar to the encrypted data at rest feature, the initial release of backup encryption supports Amazon Remote Keystore services. Support for KMIP services for both types of operations will be coming soon. IBM Informix v.14.10 also supports Amazon V.4 Authentication allowing customers to use a broader range of Amazon regions. Other cloud services also use this API allowing IBM Informix to connect with them as well.
  • Faster — a lot of work has been done throughout the engine to increase performance and scalability but none more so than with Java and Java UDR processing and in elements of IBM Informix’s High Availability cluster processing. Sending and applying transactions to secondary instances has been completely re-written and optimized for performance under the most trying conditions. Performance tests show over a 500% increase in throughput when compared to IBM Informix v.12 benefiting all customers large or small. Java and Java UDR processing enhancements include support for the latest Java, JDBC and other library packages and standards. The IBM Informix J-Foundation component supporting instance-based Java UDR processing was almost completely re-written to the latest standards and APIs including using the better and more efficient SLF4J with Logback logging framework. While described in more detail in the edition-specific descriptions, the IBM Informix Workgroup and Enterprise Editions received significant increases in supported resources and functionality allowing customers to do even more work without increasing their license fees or having to upgrade their hardware.
  • More Flexible — It starts with how IBM Informix is distributed and installed. Instead of separate binaries for each IBM Informix edition, there is a single universal binary but edition-specific license files which control which features are enabled. This allows customers to download one binary bundle and use it throughout their enterprise. With the appropriate license file, customers can select which edition to activate or can easily change editions without extensive downtime or having to re-install the entire system potentially overwriting critical files. Customers using spatial technology now have the ability to choose the geospatial referencing and projection system, including customer-specific or developed systems, that best meet their needs. Customers can also define and use the spatial measurement that works best for their environment (e.g. the US foot or the international foot). IBM Informix v.14.10 supports sub-second GPS readings for spatio-temporal applications. Customers can also create geo-fences for GPS values to easily detect erroneous or potentially fraudulent GPS readings passed to the engine. IBM Informix v.14.10 makes it easier to migrate existing instances (with their data) to newer IBM Informix versions or hardware (including heterogenous migrations) with the new migrate server functionality. Finally, individual sessions and their owners can be monitored more easily with session-specific tokens.
  • and more — Finally, IBM Informix v.14.10 includes the InformixHQ (IHQ) graphical tool which replaces the deprecated OpenAdminTool (OAT). It is an elegant and modular tool giving users the ability to monitor instances and  the components (disk, memory, load, etc.) they feel are most important to them. The tool can be used to administer instances as well. Written using HTML5 and other current web and other technologies, IHQ provides a dashboard view across a number of instances and their statistics rather than the single instance view OAT provided. IHQ is bundled as a feature of the IBM Informix v.14.10 engine but will soon be available for, and support, IBM Informix v.12 customers.

With IBM Informix v.14.10, a number of edition, O/S support and licensing modifications were made. For example, IBM Informix v.14.10 is only available as a 64-bit product on the supported O/Ss. Earlier IBM Informix versions were selectively available in both 32 and 64-bit versions on some O/Ss. Some O/Ss are no longer supported by IBM Informix v.14.10 such as MacOS, Linux system Z, Solaris Intel, and the Big Endian port for IBM Power systems. The Advanced Workgroup Edition was been retired. The Storage Optimization feature (commonly called data compression) is now included in Enterprise Edition as part of the basic license. Workgroup Edition received a significant increase in supported memory and CPU resources allowing customers using it to do even more work with this cost-efficient edition. IBM Informix v.14.10 can now be purchased using the IBM Virtual Processor Core (VPC) licensing metric. This metric simplifies licensing particularly for virtual or cloud environments since it uses the lessor of two values — the number of actual hardware cores or the number of virtual cores.

Some editions have restrictions on the breadth and depth of features and functionality that can be used, and pricing for these editions varies accordingly. Regardless of the edition used, all IBM Informix editions come with the full implementation of the Dynamic Scalable Architecture (DSA) with its unmatched performance, reliability, ease of use, and availability.

Below is a brief comparison of the IBM Informix editions and their feature sets.

No-cost editions

IBM Informix no-cost editions can be downloaded and used for development and test purposes.

  • IBM Informix Developer Edition — For application development and testing only, this edition packs the full suite of IBM Informix functionality into an attractive price point: free! The Developer Edition includes all the functionality available in the IBM Informix Enterprise Edition however there are scalability constraints including processing, memory, storage, and connection limitations. It is available on a wide range of operating systems. Since the intent of the IBM Informix Developer Edition is for system development and test only, it cannot be used in a production environment, and there is no optional support package. Customers can migrate to or from the Developer Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.
  • IBM Informix Innovator-C Edition — For customers looking for a robust database environment that can support small production workloads, this edition provides the most widely used data processing functionality. Available on all supported platforms, this edition is limited to one core and a total of 2GB of RAM operating from the same install. The IBM Informix Innovator-C Edition can be used for small end-user production workloads without a license fee. Redistribution requires a separate license. Support is community-based though an optional for-charge service and support package is available for the IBM Informix Innovator-C edition. This Elite Software Support package provides full support and product updates for the term of the contract. For more information about this package, see IBM Elite Support for IBM Informix Innovator-C Edition. Community support is available through discussion forums hosted by the International Informix User Group (IIUG). Customers can migrate to or from the Innovator-C Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.

Fee (aka for-purchase) editions

  • IBM Informix Express Edition — The Express Edition is best suited for in-house or independent application developers or other third-party developers looking to embed a database engine within the application itself to support the application’s functionality. Available on all supported platforms, this edition is limited to four cores and a total of 8GB of RAM operating from the same IBM Informix install. In addition, there are other functional limitations including limiting ER / grid clusters to two nodes (root nodes only) and restricting an H/A cluster to one secondary of any type.

    IBM Informix Express Edition can be licensed by Authorized User Single Install, PVU, and LU Virtual Server metrics. From a licensing perspective, since ER/grid nodes are stand-alone, each one must be fully licensed. IBM Informix Express Edition supports one H/A cluster secondary node of any type. As long as the secondary node is only functioning as a backup/failover secondary, it can be deployed without an additional IBM Informix license charge. However, if the H/A cluster secondary node is used for SQL or NoSQL operations (read or write), the secondary node must be fully licensed. Customers can migrate to or from the IBM Informix Express Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.

  • IBM Informix Workgroup Edition — Available on all supported platforms, this edition is perfect for midsize companies or departmental servers in an enterprise deployment. With IBM Informix v.14.10, this edition received an increase in supported memory and CPU allocations. Workgroup Edition can now be deployed on up to 24 cores and 32GB of RAM operating from the same IBM Informix install. IBM Informix Workgroup Edition can be licensed by Authorized User Single Install, PVU and VPC.

    IBM Informix Workgroup Edition provides additional database functionality over Express Edition, including unlimited ER / grid cluster nodes of any type to send or receive data updates within the cluster. From a licensing perspective, since ER / grid nodes are stand-alone, each one must be fully licensed. IBM Informix Workgroup Edition supports up to two H/A cluster secondary nodes of any type. As long as the secondary node is only functioning as a backup/failover secondary, it can be deployed without an additional IBM Informix license charge. However, if any H/A cluster secondary node is used for SQL or NoSQL operations (read or write), the secondary node must be fully licensed. Customers can migrate to or from the Workgroup Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.

  • IBM Informix Enterprise Edition — Includes all IBM Informix features and functionality with unlimited scalability required for the highest OLTP and warehousing performance and full functionality except for the optional IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator technology in the Advanced Enterprise Edition. Available on all supported platforms, this edition can be licensed by PVU, Authorized User Single Install and VPC metrics. With this edition, full H/A cluster and ER / grid functionality is available, including unlimited nodes. From a licensing perspective, since ER / grid nodes are stand-alone, each one must be fully licensed. For H/A clusters, as long as the secondary node is only functioning as a backup/failover secondary, it can be deployed without an additional IBM Informix license charge. However, if any H/A cluster secondary node is used for SQL or NoSQL operations (read or write), the secondary node must be fully licensed.

    With IBM Informix v.14.10, the storage optimization feature is now included in the license instead of being an optional, for-charge option providing more value for customers and their IBM Informix purchase. This feature provides two key elements of functionality. The first is index and data compression on disk to help reduce storage and backup/recovery costs and administration and providing improved performance. The second is backup de-duplication if that functionality is supported in the backup tool. Customers can migrate to or from the Enterprise Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.

  • IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition — The Advanced Enterprise edition represents the ultimate in data warehouse performance and scalability since it includes entitlements to IBM Informix Enterprise Edition and the IBM Informix Warehouse Accelerator (IWA). This edition is available on 64-bit versions of AIX, Solaris, HP-UX, and Linux. The IWA component is only available on 64-bit Linux either on Intel-based or PowerPC LE systems. This edition can be licensed by PVU, VPC and Authorized User Single Install metrics. With this edition, full H/A cluster and ER / grid functionality is available, including unlimited ER / grid and H/A cluster nodes. From a licensing perspective, since ER / grid nodes are stand-alone, each one must be fully licensed. For H/A clusters, as long as the secondary node is only functioning as a backup/failover secondary, it can be deployed without an additional IBM Informix license charge. However, if any H/A cluster secondary node is used for SQL or NoSQL operations (read or write), the secondary node must be fully licensed. All features and functionality are included with this edition.

    The IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition supports the full compliment of IBM Informix technology like H/A clustering, IBM Informix Flexible Grid, spatial analysis, advanced access control as well as NoSQL functionality to build robust, scalable data stores that can answer the most demanding and difficult business questions in almost no time at all. Customers can migrate to or from the Advanced Enterprise Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.

  • IBM Informix Advanced Developer Edition — Includes all IBM Informix features and functionality of IBM Informix Enterprise and Advanced Enterprise editions with unlimited scalability. Available on all supported platforms, this edition is licensed by Authorized User only and is intended for pre-production development and testing only. This edition can NOT be used for production purposes. Customers can migrate to or from the Advanced Developer Edition directly to / from any other edition simply by re-executing the new Edition Installer to install the appropriate license key.

Licensing IBM Informix

IBM Informix can be licensed by one of several pricing metrics depending on your needs. A brief description of each metric is listed below. In 2010, IBM introduced a new definition called an install to make sub-capacity licensing conditions (such as logical or physical partitioning of a physical server or virtual machine images) easier to understand and purchase. IBM defines an install as an installed copy of a product (in this case, IBM Informix) on a physical server (or partition thereof) or in a virtual machine image. For example, if a physical server is segmented into partitions, whether logical (LPARs) or physical, each partition containing IBM Informix is considered a separate IBM Informix “install” for licensing purposes and restrictions. The concept of an install applies to the licensing limits specified for all IBM Informix editions. For more information on authorized sub-capacity technology, see the Limited Use Virtual Server and Limited Use Socket Sub-capacity Licensing Guide. You can read more about eligible virtualization technologies here.

Note: The descriptions are only a summary of the licensing definitions. They are not intended to be full and legally binding. For a full and complete description, refer to the IBM Informix license information documents that provide the terms for each edition and version.

  • Processor Value Unit (PVU) (also known as processor-based pricing) — PVU’s are calculated using the number of processor cores in the physical server multiplied by the corresponding value units based on processor architecture as described here. Licensing by PVU’s is an unlimited-user or connection license only dependent on the server processors or cores, and is usually the optimal choice when the user or session load cannot be controlled or counted.
  • Authorized User Single Install (AUSI) — A single named user or specific individual accessing one IBM Informix instance on one physical or virtual server on a 1:1 basis. The authorized user can establish multiple connections to that single IBM Informix instance however each connection is for the exclusive use of that one authorized user from a single client device. If a specific user needs access to multiple instances, multiple AUSI’s are required. This license type can NOT be used to multiplex connections from multiple clients through a single shared or cached connection to the database.
  • Authorized User (AU) — Only for use with the IBM Informix Advanced Developer Edition. Purchasing an Authorized User license allows a single named user or specific individual access to all instances using the IBM Informix Advanced Developer Edition regardless of the physical or virtual server where it’s installed.
  • Limited Use Virtual Server (LUVS) — An LU Virtual Server is a physical server or a virtual server created by partitioning the resources available on a physical server using an eligible virtualization technology. This licensing metric does have specific scalability limitations — specifically no more than four cores may be allocated to the server created through physical or virtual partitioning.
  • Virtual Processor Core (VPC)— A relatively new IBM licensing metric, it is available for on-prem or virtual IBM Informix environments. IBM describes a VPC as a “virtual” core in a virtual machine or a physical core in a non-partitioned server. As such, it is an enhancement to the PVU metric making it easier to determine the correct licensing scheme. For example, before this metric was introduced if a physical server had 16 cores which supported 5 virtual machines, each defined with 4 cores, did a customer license software on 16 or 20 cores? Now the answer is simple, you use the either the physical or virtual core count whichever is lower. In the example given, a customer would license 16 VPCs because that’s the hardware capacity. If the same server supported a single VM with 12 configured cores, 12 VPCs should be licensed since it’s the lower core count. This is the only metric supported in the IBM Cloud Private and IBM Cloud Private for Data systems.

Not all pricing models are available for all IBM Informix fee editions.

Easy comparison table

Confused about which edition to use? The following table is designed to make it easier to determine the unique characteristics of each IBM Informix edition. If a specific feature is not listed in the table, you can assume, for the most part, that it exists in all IBM Informix editions. Again, this is only a general description of the features and license parameters. For exact definitions, refer to the Software license agreements.

A spreadsheet version of this table can be downloaded from here.

For more information on supported operating systems and versions, visit the IBM Informix Server Systems requirements page

Function, feature, and benefit
IBM Informix Developer Edition
IBM Informix Innovator-C Edition
IBM Informix Express Edition
IBM Informix Workgroup Edition
IBM Informix Enterprise Edition
IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition
and
IBM Informix Advanced Developer Edition
Free or for-purchase edition Free Free For-purchase For-purchase For-purchase For-purchase

Platform support.

See the IBM Informix System Requirements for more information.

Linux, UNIX, Windows, ARM Linux, Windows Linux, UNIX, Windows Linux, UNIX, Windows, ARM Linux, UNIX,  Windows, ARM

Source IBM Informix instances must be: AIX 64-bit, HP IA 64-bit, Solaris SPARC 64-bit, Solaris Intel 64, Linux 64-bit

The accelerator component is only available on 64-bit Linux either on Intel-based or PowerPC LE systems

Licensing metrics

None

Free for development and test use only. This edition cannot be used for production workloads. Community support only.

None

Free for development, test, and small production use. Redistribution requires a separate for-charge license agreement. An optional support package is available to supplement community support.

Authorized User Single Install, LUVS, VPC or PVU

You cannot use IBM Informix Express Edition with an Authorized User Single Install license for web-based access unless you can identify every user. If licensing by PVUs or VPCs, PVUs / VPCs must be purchased using either Full Capacity licensing or Virtualization Capacity (Sub-Capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms.

Authorized User Single Install, VPC or PVU

You cannot use IBM Informix Growth Edition with an Authorized User Single Install license for web-based access unless you can identify every user. If licensing by PVUs or VPCs, PVUs / VPCs must be purchased using either Full Capacity licensing or Virtualization Capacity (Sub-Capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms.

Authorized User Single Install, VPC or PVU

You cannot use IBM Informix Enterprise Edition with an Authorized User Single Install license for Web-based access unless you can identify every user. If licensing by PVUs or VPCs, PVUs / VPCs must be purchased using either Full Capacity licensing or Virtualization Capacity (Sub-Capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms.

PVU for Advanced Enterprise Edition, Authorized User For IBM Informix Advanced Developer Edition

For IBM Informix Enterprise Edition— PVUs or VPCs must be purchased using either Full Capacity licensing or Virtualization Capacity (Sub-Capacity) licensing according to the Passport Advantage Sub-Capacity Licensing Terms.

For IBM Informix Advanced Developer Edition— This edition is licensed by Authorized User only and is intended for pre-production development and testing only. This edition can NOT be used for production purposes. This edition includes all the features and functionality of the IBM IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition.

Processor limits

One-core maximum per install

IBM Informix Developer Edition can be installed on any physical server this edition supports, but there are CPU VP, memory, storage and connection limitations.

One-core maximum per install

IBM Informix Innovator-C Edition can be installed on any physical server this edition supports, but there are CPU VP and memory limitations.

Four-core maximum per install

IBM Informix Express Edition can be installed on any physical server this edition supports, but there are CPU VP and memory limitations.

IBM Informix licensing metrics may also include additional limits.

24-core maximum per install

IBM Informix Workgroup Edition can be installed on any physical server this edition supports, but there are CPU VP and memory limitations.

IBM Informix licensing metrics may also include additional limits.

Unlimited Unlimited
CPU VP limits 1 1 4 24 Unlimited Unlimited
Memory limitations calculated by summing all SHMTOTAL allocations across all IBM Informix instances operating from the same install 1GB per instance 2GB 8GB 32GB Unlimited Unlimited
Officially eligible for sub-capacity licensing (such as logical partition [LPAR] and dynamic logical partition [DLPAR])

N/A

This edition does have specific CPU, memory and connection limitations.

N/A

This edition does have specific CPU and memory limitations.

Yes Yes Yes Yes
Data storage space limitations 8GB 8GB Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited
Encryption at rest Included Included Included Included Included Included

Parallel operations and partitioning.

Parallel operations refers to the ability to execute SQL operations in parallel and includes parallel index build, high-performance loader, and ON-Bar parallel backup, and restore.

Partitioning refers to the ability to fragment a table or index based on logical rules to improve data access and parallel processing.

Included Not available Not available Not available Included Included
Enterprise Replication (ER) clustering Unlimited Not available Cluster limited to a total of two root nodes Unlimited Unlimited Unlimited

High Availability (H/A) cluster limitations.

Describes how many secondary instances can be connected to the primary instance of an H/A cluster.

This does NOT include the ability to execute SQL or NoSQL operations on the secondary instances. See next item.

All H/A cluster secondary instance types are included in this count except the Continuous Log Restore (CLR) secondary instance type.

Unlimited Not available

Limited — One secondary node

IBM Informix Express Edition is limited to one secondary node of any secondary type.

Limited — Two secondary nodes

IBM Informix Workgroup Edition is limited to two secondary nodes of any secondary type.

Unlimited Unlimited

Updatable secondary support.

The ability to execute SQL or NoSQL DML operations (read, write, update, delete) on a H/A cluster secondary node. Note: If SQL or NoSQL DML operations are executed on a secondary instance, the secondary instance must be fully licensed.

Available Not available Available Available Available Available

Continuous Log Restore (CLR) secondary.

CLR secondary is provided by the ontape and ON-Bar backup utilities.

Included Not available Included Included Included Included

Distributed SQL/NoSQL operation support.

The ability for a SQL/NoSQL session connected to a database in one instance to execute a DML operation using data from another database in a different instance.

Included Not available Not available Not available Included Included

NoSQL support.

The ability to store data using traditional, as well as JSON database structures.

Included Included Included Included Included Included

SQL and instance administration features that are excluded.

These features can NOT be used with this edition of IBM Informix.

None ON-Bar backup/restore dbspace prioritization, recovery time objective, private memory cache for CPU VPs, column-level encryption, online table schema changes, direct I/O, high-performance loader, point-in-time table restore, primary storage manager, last committed query isolation, multiple triggers ON-Bar backup/restore dbspace prioritization, private memory cache for CPU VPs, online table schema changes, high-performance loader ON-Bar backup/restore dbspace prioritization, private memory cache for CPU VPs, online table schema changes, high-performance loader None None
DataBlade Developers Kit Included Included Included Included Included Included

Built-in advanced extensible functionality.

*TimeSeries is included for customers using IBM Informix 11.7 and later.

Spatial, Basic Text Search, Node, Large Object Locator, Web Feature Service, Binary, MQ messaging, TimeSeries* Spatial, Basic Text Search, Node, Large Object Locator, Web Feature Service, Binary, MQ messaging, TimeSeries* Spatial, Basic Text Search, Node, Large Object Locator, Web Feature Service, Binary, MQ messaging, TimeSeries* Spatial, Basic Text Search, Node, Large Object Locator, Web Feature Service, Binary, MQ messaging, TimeSeries* Spatial, Basic Text Search, Node, Large Object Locator, Web Feature Service, Binary, MQ messaging, TimeSeries* Spatial, Basic Text Search, Node, Large Object Locator, Web Feature Service, Binary, MQ messaging, TimeSeries*
Virtual Table/Index Interface Included Included Included Included Included Included

Storage Optimization Feature.

Also known as “Compression,” this feature includes data compression for IBM Informix 11. In IBM Informix 12, data, index, and BLOB compression is available as well as backup de-duplication.

Included Not available Not available Not available Included Included
Advanced Access Control (LBAC) Included Not available Included Included Included Included
InfoSphere® Change Data Capture Optional add-on Not available Not available Not available Optional add-on Optional add-on

Conclusion

To quote a commonly used phrase: “Your needs may vary.” Regardless of the data processing requirements, the “Stronger, Faster and more Flexible” IBM Informix has the right blend of technological capabilities and feature options to provide a cost-effective, robust, and scalable foundation on which to build. And since “Informix just works!” customers can rest assured that IBM Informix has the flexibility to grow and extend the power of their IBM Informix environments when needed.

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The information in this article is presented on a best-effort basis from the author’s personal knowledge and is not intended to be an official communication from IBM. Neither the author nor IBM is liable for any incorrect information in this article.

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  1. We are IBM business partners, some clients have the Informix Advanced Workgroup version that includes the Informix Warehouse Accelerator product. In the new version of Informix 14.10 there is no Informix Advanced Workgroup version. My question is what happens with this licensing?

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