Informix To Unwrap Database Packages



Informix Corp. this week will introduce two databasepackages--one for online transaction processing, the otherfor data warehousing--based on its flagship Informix DynamicServer relational database. The company will also repositionthe object-relational technology it acquired three yearsago--but which has failed to catch on with IT managers--as a"federated database," or information hub, for managing datafrom heterogeneous sources across an organization.

The first product, code-named Centaur, will handle OLTPapplications 20% faster than Informix's current databaserelease, Informix Dynamic Server 7.3, according to Informixproduct-marketing VP David Appelbaum. Other features willinclude support for Java and Microsoft's Component ObjectModel and ActiveX technology in the server. The datawarehousing package, code-named Yellowstone, will come withenhanced clustering capabilities, improved speed, andsupport for 64-bit processors and operating systems. Bothwill be available in the third quarter.

It's the second time Informix has repositioned its databaseline since 1997. Fifteen months ago, Informix said it wouldsell data warehouse and object-relational capabilities asoptions to Informix Dynamic Server. But users have been slowto adopt the object-relational functionality, based ontechnology Informix acquired when it bought IllustraInformation Systems in 1996. Informix will now include thattechnology in both Centaur and the federated database.

Other elements of Informix's strategy to be disclosed thisweek include fixed-time, fixed-cost packages of software andservices for content management and electronic-commerceapplications; and data warehouse packages to run on SAP andPeopleSoft systems.

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