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New Informix 14.10 Certification!

Informix 14.10 Zertifizierung

IBM introduces a new certification procedure for Informix administrators. This will fundamentally change procedures and terminology. The previous certifications will no longer be offered.

IBM employee and Informix veteran Carton Doe gives an introduction to the new format and tips on preparing for the test on the Washington Area Informix Users Group website.

The first opportunities to take the new certification will be at the IIUG Virtual Technical Event in early October. For conference attendees, the opportunity for certification is included in the conference fees. Preparatory sessions will be offered by Scott Picket and Carlton Doe.

The exam is proctored and includes 60 questions from 15 topic areas. According to Carlton, the questions are geared toward a solid administrator base knowledge as required in the day-to-day use of Informix. No esoteric questions come up, he says.

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The Informix Newsletter is finally back!Informix Newsletter is a spark plug

After almost three years of vacancy the Informix newsletter editorial staff publishes a new issue!

By the end of 2017, the editorial team, consisting mainly of IBM Informix employees, had published 125 issues of the popular Informix newsletter. With the integration of HCL into the further development of Informix, personnel changes followed. In the end, it was the EU guidelines of the GDPR that prevented further distribution among IBM.

With the logistic support of the German Informix User Group (IUG) the proven team is now back, offering the latest news, technical tips and tricks around Informix.

Issue Q2-2021 now available!

Main topics in the current newsletter are Aggregates and Encryption:

  • TechTip: CREATE AGGREGATE
    With self-created aggregates, customized functionalities can be provided in the Informix database (...)
  • TechTip: Encrypted Unload
    Can unload data be encrypted? The answer is simple: "YES, with a little trick" (...)
Read the whole article and view the Informix Newsletter online here!

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IBM Announcement ENUSZP21-0317IBM Db2 Base Edition - withdrawn from marketing on July 14, 2021
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP21-0317, dated July 13, 2021)

At extremely short notice and unexpectedly, IBM has discontinued the distribution of the IBM Db2 Base Edition as of July 14, 2021 with an announcement dated July 13, 2021.

The end of support for this edition (EOS) is specified by September 30, 2025.

For a complete overview please use the link to the PDF download

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IBM Announcement ENUSZP21-0328IBM Db2 11.5.6 delivers enhancements to help automate data management and support artificial intelligence data workloads
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP21-0328, dated June 29, 2021)

IBM Db2 11.5.6 is an enterprise-ready data management system with integrated data and artificial intelligence (AI) capabilities that is built on the security-rich and scalable Red Hat OpenShift foundation.

The Db2 family of hybrid data management solutions is built on an intelligent common SQL engine that is designed for scalability and flexibility and to run workloads in many deployment forms, including on-premises, private cloud, and public cloud. Db2 11.5.6 is available in three editions.

The three editions are:

  • Db2 Community Edition (without charge)
  • Db2 Standard Edition
  • Db2 Advanced Edition

All three editions provide unrestricted access to the full feature set of Db2. Db2 11.5.6 delivers a modernized database management system focused on modern deployments (Click-to-Containerize and Db2 on Cloud Pak for Data operator) and the support of modern workloads (Db2 Graph with stand-alone UI and machine learning optimizer technology preview).

Db2 11.5.6 provides the next generation of resilience and enterprise-level core capabilities (recoverability enhancements, Db2 for SAP enhancements, compression enhancements, and availability enhancements). The new Data Management Console has several usability enhancements.

Db2 11.5.6 addresses a wide variety of business requirements through the following features:

  • A built-in graph solution.
  • Lightweight and simple migration tools to accelerate an organization's journey towards the cloud.
  • Installation and upgrade of Db2 containerized deployments using Red Hat operators designed for faster deployment and easier database management.
  • Db2 Data Management Console enhancements.

For a complete overview please use the link to the PDF download

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ZP19-0171IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise for Cloud Pak and Modernization
(IBM Europe Software Announcement ZP21-0145, dated March 9, 2021)
Overview:

IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition Cartridge for IBM Cloud Pak for Data 14.10 and IBM Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition Modernization 14.10 help clients modernize to cloud-native architectures, accelerating hybrid multicloud deployment and enhancing IBM Cloud Pack for Data administration.

With Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition Cartridge for IBM Cloud Pak for Data and
Informix Advanced Enterprise Edition Modernization, you can:
  • Deploy on any cloud with Red Hat OpenShift.
  • Modernize to a cloud-native architecture at your own pace.
  • Use cloud-native benefits such as simplified provisioning, scaling, seamless upgrades, and consolidated management.
  • Deploy and run faster with preconfigured templates on your choice of cloud.
  • Add new users and resources easily, with a scale-as-you-go approach.

The new offering is licensed only via Virtual Processor Cores (VPC), Trade-Up from Informix Advanced Enterprise (PVU) or (VPC) is possible.

 

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Admin-Scout 3.1 - Highlights for Developers and Admins

Version 3.1 continues the journey to new functions for developers and administrators.
Security UpdateDevelopment
  • Editing in multiple windows, parallel working with multi-tabs in the SQL-Editor.
  • SQL history accessible at any time.
  • Evaluation of dependencies and constraints for table objects.
  • Informix error numbers, direct access to IDs and descriptions.
Administration
  • Database Explorer, auto generation of archecker scripts for table restore.
  • Locked tables, which sessions keep locks and which are waiting.
  • SSH shell to the server, now simply open via "shell in a box".
Monitoring
  • Day- and Month-Reports, individual customization according to your personal requirements.
  • Performance checks, extended output with disk I/O per chunk.
  • Schema changes, logging with the new DDL-History2 Report.

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Admin-Scout 3.0 - functional right from the start!

Admin-Scout 3.0 offers a completely revised design and up to 60% faster evaluations.
Security UpdateRevised user interface

The entire user interface of the Admin-Scout is designed more uniformly and with better performance. The access to configuration and server administration is clearly structured. Optimized table structures and scaling of the display, lead to a considerably faster page layout.

New SQL Toolbox

The version 3.0 impresses above all with the new SQL Toolbox with many powerful functions in the Database Explorer and SQL Editor. As a result the Admin-Scout offers more interesting functionalities for development and tuning of Informix databases.

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IBM Informix vulnerability CVE-2020-4799 in Spatial Datablade Module

Security UpdateA security warning was issued on October 8, 2020 (CVE-2020-4799) for IBM Informix Dynamic Server.

This vulnerability affects the Spatial Datablade Module in Informix Server versions 12.10 and 14.10.

A specific function in the Spatial Datablade can be called with an out-of-range parameter. A local user logged on with SQL privileges could use this vulnerability to attempt to execute an SQL injection. If the attack is successful, the attacker would be able to grant himself extended user rights and execute his own code

Help provides a Fix Pack that IBM has released on Fix Central.

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