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Continuous access to business information can rarely be achieved with a "one-size-fits-all" solution. A business employing 10 people requires information availability on a much different scale than a corporation of thousands. At the same time, small and mid-sized businesses need to plan for growth, and design systems that are adaptable for the future. As a business grows and expands across geographies, its information infrastructure needs the flexibility to meet new business opportunities without missing a beat.

With Informix Flexible Grid, Informix offers the industry's most comprehensive set of high availability options with the unmatched ability to be utilized and provisioned on heterogeneous, commodity hardware, different operating systems and different database versions. Informix Flexible Grid makes it easy to define servers in a replication grid, add or remove servers as necessary, perform DDL operations and manage tables across the grid. The Connection Manager simplifies workload management and transparent application failover across the grid and even provides the ability to manage clusters without network communications between the nodes. Backing up data to and restoring data from cloud storage is supported.


Benefits of Informix Flexible Grid


Schedule upgrades or maintenance when you want, without any downtime!

The ability to do “rolling upgrades” is the standard with Informix Flexible Grid! Now you can perform upgrades or regular system maintenance while still providing your users with access to the data they want and need.

Use what you have and change what you want

Informix Flexible Grid gives you the ability to use different hardware, operating systems, or even different versions of Informix from cluster to cluster. You can leverage existing investments while keeping your options open for the future.

Scale capacity when and where needed with globally distributed Informix Flexible Grid

Not only can you expand capacity, bring data on or off line, or change your data schema without any down time, but you can easily manage your environment and automatically update database schemas throughout the grid from a single location.

Enable web-based services and cloud computing

Informix is widely deployed in virtualized environments and has a profile and feature set that lends itself to virtualization. Informix Flexible Grid helps you achieve even greater efficiencies and economies of scale that greatly lower costs while enabling true cloud computing.


Real world experiences


The new flexible grid capability in Informix V 11.7 lets us re-use old equipment and combine it with the use of new equipment to scale out across a grid that uses different types of hardware and operating systems. This is a real innovation that lowers our operating costs with less investment in hardware, and lets us leverage existing investments and resources.

- Hector De Santiago Ramirez, IT Infrastructure Manager, DHL

The new flexible grid in Informix 11.7 lets us manage 100+ geographically dispersed nodes from a single location, reducing our administration costs up to 80%. It also gives us the flexibility to have different hardware and operating systems in different clusters which helps keep costs low. The flexible grid technology promises measurable IT cost savings for any size business.

- Romana Opletalova, Director, d-Prog Ltd.

With the introduction of the Informix 11.7 release and its Flexible Grid capabilities, IBM is providing the most versatile database technology on the market. Customers can now easily scale out their environments with minimum impact on existing IT infrastructure. Low DBA administration overhead coupled with enhanced autonomic features will dramatically lower the total cost of ownership for customers and all this at price points suitable for the Mid Market.

- Michael Bisignani, Senior Vice President/CTO, Gemini Systems LLC

The new Flexible Grid lets us use one command from a Single location to create new nodes and propagate the DDL across the grid to all the necessary locations.

- Victor Vatyutov, Lead DBA, State Road Traffic Safety Inspection of Tatarstan

With new Informix 11.7 , spreading and balancing workloads across heterogeneous nodes is easier. We are observing more performance during the peak workloads, and this is especially useful for critical read operations. Set-up time for a new node by cloning, is showing upto 40% of time reduction.

- Rob Prop, Manager Professional Services, Informa Nederland BV

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