IBM's Informix Dynamic Server has been equipped with data warehousing capabilities that put it on a more even footing with its major competitors.
Oracle, Microsoft's SQL Server, and IBM's own DB2 have extensive data warehousing capabilities built in or available as add-on packages. Informix was once the fourth-largest database vendor, behind IBM, Oracle, and Sybase. IBM acquired it in 2001 for $1 billion, maintaining the database server as an independent product line, but it lagged the field in data warehousing aspects.
IBM said Thursday that the optional Informix Warehouse Feature is now available and can be used to store and analyze data from Informix transaction systems. In effect, Informix customers don't have to turn to DB2 in order to get data warehousing capabilities with the IBM nameplate on them.
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