Using IBM Informix on the Cloud

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    IBM Informix on Cloud 26 Sep 2016

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    Chetan Chaturvedi - (

    Market Trends

    Business Requirements

    How does IBM Informix on Cloud fit into existing IT investments?

    Nicholas Geib - (

    Why consider IBM Informix on Cloud

    What is IBM Informix on Cloud

    Using IBM Informix on Cloud

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    Cloud is the future

    IBM Ranked #1 in Hybrid Cloud

    > 80% of enterprise IT

    orgs will commit to

    hybrid cloud by 2017


    70% of IT decision

    makers say they will

    always have a blend of

    Traditional IT and Cloud (IBM Center for Applied

    Insights Survey, 2016)

    Hybrid Cloud now

    makes up ~65% of

    the total Cloud

    Opportunity and is

    growing at 33%

    CAGR through


    In January 2016, IBM was ranked #1 in Hybrid and positioned as a leader

    Hybrid Cloud Management Solutions (Synergy Group Research and

    Forrester, respectively)

    The hybrid cloud

    market is estimated

    to grow from USD

    33.28 Billion in

    2016 to USD 91.74

    Billion by 2021

    (According to


    research firm )

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    Cloud Agility Accelerates Innovation Outthink The Economics

    Development Infrastructure

    Public Cloud

    Hosted Private


    Dedicated Environment

    Simplified development process

    Portable and collaborative

    Reimagine your business

    Application development for apps with mission critical


    Business process automation, secured











    Hybrid Cloud End Game for Most Enterprises

    Business process applications stay intact

    Managed / new applications on the cloud

    Ubiquitous data management software

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    Business Requirement

    How can I reduce my ongoing

    business cost?

    How can I analyze the data in IoT

    and in the edge?

    How do I reduce time to market?

    Desired outcome

    Informix on Cloud is aimed for enterprise who are wanting to

    innovate to save costs by choosing a cloud deployment for their

    workloads but do not want to compromise on enterprise level

    security and performance, and need a robust and proven

    technology choice.

    IT infrastructure platform cost is

    the biggest recurring cost for


    On-prem RDBMs represents one

    of the most expensive recurring

    expenses for enterprise IT


    It is necessary to innovate and to

    be able to innovate you look at

    different deployment options ie


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    IBM Informix on cloud offers the rich enterprise performance available

    in the cloud (without the cost, complexity and risk of managing your

    own infrastructure)

    Informix on Cloud brings Infrastructure as a service economics to data

    infrastructure, while preserving control, performance, security, and

    availability expectations needed to run enterprise businesses

    How IBM Informix on Cloud can help

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    Nicholas Geib

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    As a CTO, I need to be able to quickly and inexpensively add additional development and test

    instances of Informix to support our product development and release goals.

    As a software engineer, I need another large instance of an Informix database for stress testing our

    new application. None of our current test environments are large enough to effectively test this


    As a manager, I want my team to try the latest version of Informix without impacting any of my

    current systems and without going through a long budget approval process.

    As a developer, I want to try out new features in Informix like NoSQL and the REST API, but I

    currently dont have access to a version with these features.

    As a DBA, I want to experiment with Informixs clustering, replication, and sharding technologies to

    see how they might help my business.

    Why consider IBM Informix on Cloud

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    What is IBM Informix on Cloud

    The latest Informix server

    on a machine in a SoftLayer data center,

    fulfilled quickly,

    billed monthly,

    accessible on the Internet,

    dedicated to you,

    entirely in your control.

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    Price/month: $1,250 $2,200 $4,000 $8,000

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    Decisions & Responsibilities

    What decisions do I need to make?

    the size

    the DataCenter, e.g Dallas, London, Sydney

    how many machines

    requested delivery date

    You dont get a choice about the version of Informix, OS, etc.

    What is IBM responsible for?

    Fulfilling the order; IBM provides you with an account on Bluemix if necessary, obtains the machine from

    SoftLayer, installs and configures Informix, and makes the machine accessible to you.

    What am I, IBMs customer, responsible for?

    Any and all administration of the OS, network, database, etc.

    Installing, configuring, and/or running applications, creating a schema, etc.

    You have complete control over and flexibility to use the system to serve your business.

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    Upon receiving the machine: access documentation on Bluemix

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    Upon receiving the machine: Log in for the first time

    When logging into the machine for the first time, you will immediately be required to change your


    Youre the only one that knows the password now. You have complete control over the system.

    IBM does not log in.

    $ ssh root@

    root@'s password:

    You are required to change your password immediately (root enforced)

    Changing password for root.

    (current) UNIX password:

    New password:

    Retype new password:

    [root@myinformixhost ~]#

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    Ongoing use of the machine: administration

    You have full power and responsibility to administer the machine.

    Administer the machine just like you do machines in your current data center/office. This includes:

    Applying patching to the OS

    Backing up the machine and the Informix server

    Installing and/or updating any software

    Configuring the firewall

    Managing OS accounts

    Upgrading Informix

    Transferring data to/from the system

    Configuring clients to connect to Informix

    Changing ONCONFIG settings, adding db/sbspaces, etc.

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    Initial Configuration of Machine

    Weve made some decisions about the initial configuration of the OS, Informix, etc. This is your

    machine, so change whatever you like to fit the needs of your business.

    Informix version: 12.10.FC7W2AEE

    We plan to fulfill orders using the latest available Informix release. So at some point new orders will be

    fulfilled using 12.10.FC8.

    OS: CentOS 7 (currently 7.2.1511)

    File system:

    / for os

    /data for dbspaces, logs, etc.

    OS accounts:

    root, only customer knows password

    informix, initially configured without a password

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    Initial Configuration of Machine

    Product locations

    $INFORMIXDIR /home/Informix/server

    WL /opt/ibm/wire_listener

    IWA /opt/ibm/iwa Only .tar; not configured

    Firewall la iptables allows traffic:

    SSH (22)

    SQLI over SSL (9089)

    DRDA over SSL (9091)

    Mongo over SSL (27018)

    REST over SSL aka HTTPS (443)

    Informix and Wire Listener configured with a self-signed certificate

    Informix also listens for non-SSL traffic:

    SQLI (9088)

    DRDA (9090)

    Mongo (27017)

    REST, aka HTTP (80)

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    Configuring Remote Client Connectivity

    All traffic goes over the internet

    Highly recommend that all traffic be encrypted

    Documentation for using SSL with SQLI, DRDA, Mongo, and REST at Bluemix

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    All the Good Stuff We Love About Informix

    SQL-processing speed machine

    Low administration

    Full spectrum of replication solutions

    Cluster with three secondary types

    Enterprise Replication

    TimeSeries for efficient storage and querying

    Accelerate queries with in-memory, columnar IWA


    NoSQL functionality that developers love

    JSON data

    MongoDB client compatibility

    Embeddable, even on ARM and Intel/Quark

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    Getting help

    View documentation on Bluemix coming soon!

    Use the forums

    Stack Overflow tags informixoncloud and bluemix

    IBM developerWorks dW Answers tags informixoncloud and bluemix

    Open a Bluemix ticket

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    Getting help

    Have a problem with Informix (e.g. AF)?

    Have a problem with physical infrastructure (e.g. disk, memory, network)?

    Open a Bluemix ticket

    Different than opening a PMR, if you are

    familiar with that process


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    As a CTO, I need to deploy our solution in a distant geography weve never done business in


    As a project manager, I need to have an Informix database environment that both my developers

    and individual beta customers can easily access. My developers are creating a Proof of Concept

    and my customer will access it.

    As a DBA, I need to have an offsite copy of our Informix database for the purpose of disaster


    As an architect, I want to prototype Informix Warehouse Accelerator with my application as my

    customers are asking for performance improvements on various queries in our application. With

    our Workgroup Edition, I dont have access to IWA.

    Why consider IBM Informix on Cloud continued

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    Want something more? Something different?

    Do you want something else from this IBM offering?

    Please give us your feedback!

    For example:

    Can I order a multi-machine cluster?

    Can IBM help me transfer data to and from the machine using e.g. Aspera?

    Id like IBM to be responsible for backing up the Informix server.

    I wish this would integrate with technology xyz.

    Id like faster fulfillment.

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    Learn more

    Coming soon!

    Documentation in the Bluemix catalog


    Karen Qualley

    General Questions?

    Coming soon! Through Bluemix @

    Contact your Americas Call Centers (800-426-2255), local IBM representative, or your IBM

    Business Partner. To identify your representative or partner call 800-426-7968.

    Steve Shoaf

    Order today

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    Thank You


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