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Informix becomes the national DBMS in China


This piece of news looks incredible, but it is the pure truth: IBM announced today a partnership with the chinese integrator GBASE, consisting in making IBM Informix the one and only DBMS recommanded and requested by the Chinese Government.

This choice has been made possible thanks to the hard work of the IBM Informix team and also thanks to a chinese team that knew how to ignore legends about Informix, and make a ponderate choice based on reliability, robustness, performance, ease and cost of administration, extensibility and technological advance. 

This is a real buzz in the very competitive world of DBMS, and a strong reminder for people who thought that IBM Informix was a dead product since 2001.

Here is the official announcement by IBM Information Management Marketing

"IBM (NYSE: IBM) and General Data Technology Co.,Ltd, known as GBASE announces an agreement today, to create a locally innovated database product for the China marketplace. In support of the China government’s national technology agenda, GBASE will develop and sell this local innovation based on IBM Informix technology.

The agreement extends the reach of IBM’s Informix database technology into this market by providing a localized solution to better address the rapidly evolving needs of Chinese businesses. The agreement permits GBASE to build and license their own version of IBM Informix database, which will be offered to clients in the Chinese market as a stand alone product solution.

The China market for database technology is estimated to be in excess of $700m according to IDC. The partnership between IBM and GBASE can fuel the growth of this market by creating a best in class database solution tailored to the unique requirements of the China marketplace.

“This agreement confirms IBM’s innovation and commitment to growth in emerging markets in general and China specifically”, states Sean Poulley, Vice President, IBM Databases and Database Management. “Our intent is to help partners and clients gain competitive edge and transform their business with innovative database technologies in China, with China, for China”.

Informix is one of the world’s most widely used databases, supporting clients who range from the largest multinational corporations to many regional and local small businesses.  It is widely deployed in the retail, banking, manufacturing and government segments, all of which are important growth areas in China today.

Informix is well known for its innovative design, which enables a single platform that powers both OLTP and OLAP workloads for real-time analytics, scales easily for cloud environments and provides continuous availability.  It’s renowned for extremely high levels of performance and availability, distinctive capabilities in data replication and scalability, and minimal administrative overhead. With this partnership agreement these advantages will be made more readily available to the fast-growing Chinese market."