Informix offers the benefit of the so called „small footprint“. You can install and run Informix on very small servers or use it with mobile devices. Only the server architectures limit the scalability. Informix 12.10 eliminates this scalability limit using “Sharding”.

Sharding spreads OLTP queries across several servers in order to improve performance and scalability. The most essential features are already available with Informix 12.10. Additional features will be added steadily. User capabilities will be enhanced. But what is “Sharding” and which are the benefits of using it?

  • Sharding is a type of data partitioning
  • data is divided into parts (Shards)
  • and spread across multiple computers
  • in combination with Informix Enterprise Replication every Shard is replicated on every replication server. Every server owns a copy of Shards
  • this results in a flexible, fault tolerant and fast system
  • which can run on cost effective hardware

Further benefits:

  • Sharding runs with SQL, TimeSeries and NoSQL
  • Sharding runs with different hardware and operating systems
  • Sharding runs with different Informix release versions

As of Informix 12.10xC6 „sharded queries“ are executed parallel. This means minimized response time, less memory and reduced network traffic.

If your system environment is characterized by:

  • high performance requirements
  • lots of data
  • wide spread (server)locations
  • heterogenous environments

Informix "Parallel Sharding" is a must for your business!

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