IBM Offers On-Demand Infrastructure for SMBs

By Lisa Vaas  |  Posted 2005-05-20 Print this article Print

IBM releases a version of its Informix Express database with automated installation designed for small and midsize businesses.

IBM on Friday rolled out a version of its embeddable Informix Express database for small and midsize businesses, building on its earlier pitch to SMBs with BladeCenter Express Bundles. The Armonk, N.Y., company is introducing Informix Dynamic Server 10, an embeddable database designed to give growing room for the information management needs of application providers who serve SMBs. "Application providers that serve small and medium-sized businesses are looking to gain a competitive edge by building an on-demand information infrastructure that helps their clients anticipate and respond to changing business requirements," Bernie Spang, director of IBM Information Management, said in a release.
Read more here about BladeCenter Express Bundles.
"Informix Express provides the foundation for these organizations to expand their information management capabilities, and it also allows them to free up skilled resources and focus on next-generation business applications," Spang said. Informix Express 10 offers automated installation and deployment, which makes for a silent and transparent install that, IBM claims, doesnt impact a customers existing infrastructure. Click here to read about IBMs server management offerings. The database has autonomic self-maintenance, self-monitoring and self-configuration. It also offers support for open industry standards and portability across platforms that run Unix, Windows or Linux. According to IBM, Informix is used by eight of the top 10 retailers in North America, along with 20 of the top 25 supermarkets. It also has a strong presence in the telecommunications, healthcare and government and SMB industries. Informix Dynamic Server Express Version 10 is available now, with pricing for license and maintenance beginning at $124 per user. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest database news, reviews and analysis.
Lisa Vaas is News Editor/Operations for and also serves as editor of the Database topic center. Since 1995, she has also been a Webcast news show anchorperson and a reporter covering the IT industry. She has focused on customer relationship management technology, IT salaries and careers, effects of the H1-B visa on the technology workforce, wireless technology, security, and, most recently, databases and the technologies that touch upon them. Her articles have appeared in eWEEK's print edition, on, and in the startup IT magazine PC Connection. Prior to becoming a journalist, Vaas experienced an array of eye-opening careers, including driving a cab in Boston, photographing cranky babies in shopping malls, selling cameras, typography and computer training. She stopped a hair short of finishing an M.A. in English at the University of Massachusetts in Boston. She earned a B.S. in Communications from Emerson College. She runs two open-mic reading series in Boston and currently keeps bees in her home in Mashpee, Mass.

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