IBM updates first of Informix products

Updating the first of the database servers it acquired from Informix, IBM on Monday will issue a new version of the transaction database server IDS 9.3.

When building the new version, IBM homed in on Web-based administration, faster application development time, reducing total cost of ownership, and making replication easier, according to Jim Kelly, vice president of marketing at IBM, in Armonk, New York.

"It's the first product of Informix' to be released after the acquisition," Kelly said, adding that IBM hopes this will begin reassuring wary customers that IBM plans to support its new databases.

IBM's purchase of Informix officially closed on July 2 of this year, and the company has said that in time the Informix products will be pulled into its own DB2 database family. Since the merger was first announced analysts have been calling for IBM to provide a detailed road map of its plans to merge the product lines.

"Don't think of it as a Pac-Man type of thing where one [database] will eat the other. Think of it more as co-existence," Kelly said.

To that end, along with IDS 9.3 IBM released a version of its DB2 Relational Connect, which provides connections between IDS and DB2.

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