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"Every version is faster than the previous.""This solution has made financial reporting possible by allowing financial people the opportunity to set Informix to "Auto Pilot" so that they can attend other duties.""The solution's stability, performance, enhanced functionality, and replication are all great features.""For IoT business cases, having Informix Enterprise Edition work on edge computers, like Raspberry Pi and using Informix replication, makes complex situations simple to build and maintain."

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"The solution is very simple. It's easy to use. That's the most important feature.""The solution is free to use, which is its most valuable aspect.""The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I would have worked with our IT team in terms of the initial setup.""Apart from the features that are in the enterprise part, we find the database to be valuable. The connectors and the backup features are valuable as well. We use the basic database. We don't really use the extra features. Our clients like the security features in the database.""MySQL is open-source. There are a lot of open-source communities trying to come up with their own patches, and to come up with their own features, which help MySQL develop faster than traditional databases like Oracle, which is closed source.""This specific version of this MySQL has been battle tested for a long time. Any issues are known issues and we pretty much don't have any problems when they're in production. So it's very stable.""This product is a good teaching tool for students who want to learn about networked databases.""This is a lightweight product that is not demanding on the resources, which is what I think gives it the edge."

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"I really would love to have a QT plugin.""This solution is in need of more current tools.""There should be more intelligence surrounding discovering data to be able to automatically create indexes.""Continue extending the SQL language for compatibility with the competition's language, including Stored Procedure Language."

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"The replication needs improvement. It's becoming a native cloud product like Oracle DB or Cockroach DB.""From a user perspective, the initial setup could be simplified a bit.""I find the Microsoft solution a bit better. But mostly in terms of the UI layout, I would say. I just find it a little bit more efficient.""Oracle should start putting in some of the enterprise features in the standard feature. There are some key features that should be part of the standard.""They should come up with a better solution than the NDB cluster for better scaling. If they could come up with a better solution for write scaling, apart from the NDB cluster, which is supported by all open source communities, that would be great. Although the NDB cluster, I believe, is an open-source tool, it's not widely supported as a solution.""In terms of what I'd like to see in the next release, one thing that's always missing is dash boarding. There's no real BI tool for MySQL, like there is in Yellowfin and all the different tools that you get. They all have MySQL connectors, but there's no specific BI tool for MySQL. These open source projects have sprung up, but they're more general purpose.""The documentation is pretty weak and should be improved.""The product is a little bit complex and it is difficult to find sufficient documentation."

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"The free edition can be enough to handle moderate-size implementations, but you may want a pay for edition to benefit from more functionality, such as replication."

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"I am using the Community Edition, which is available free of charge.""This is an open-source product that can be used free of charge.""It's an open-source database management system that can be used free of charge.""Microsoft licensing for SQL Server is probably ten times more expensive. I used to work for the government, and I remember when we were looking into upgrading to the enterprise version of SQL Server 2019, the licensing was going to cost 350,000. To get the equivalent in the cloud, it was going to be about four grand to get the same processing power and everything else. With MySQL, it was going to be about 300 for the same licensing. Cost-wise, for sure, there is a huge difference. Would you prefer to pay 300 a month or 3,000 to have the same amount of data resources? You might lose a few options that you need, but it isn't worth the price difference.""This product has a good price point.""There is a licensing cost because we are going for a proprietary product. There are some other versions for which there is no licensing cost."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: For IoT business cases, having Informix Enterprise Edition work on edge computers, like Raspberry Pi and using Informix replication, makes complex situations simple to build and maintain.
Top Answer: The free edition can be enough to handle moderate-size implementations, but you may want a pay for edition to benefit from more functionality, such as replication.
Top Answer: * Continue extending the SQL language for compatibility with the competition's language, including Stored Procedure Language. * Be more active in the open source community. * Regain occupation of VAR… more »
Top Answer: The initial setup was pretty straightforward. I would have worked with our IT team in terms of the initial setup.
Top Answer: So we jumped from version 5.6 to 5.7. That's not the latest version. The latest version is 5.8. We didn't move to eight for the simple reason that there's lots of code-based on 5.7 and there's no… more »
Top Answer: What it would compare it to, from my point of view would be, Microsoft SQL Studio. I find the Microsoft solution a bit better. But mostly in terms of the UI layout, I would say. I just find it a… more »
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Informix is one of the most widely used database servers offering high levels of performance and availability, distinctive capabilities, & minimal overhead.

Until its recent acquisition by Oracle, MySQL was possibly the most renowned open source database enterprise package that could be accessed completely for free. With the merger, the server increased both its features and its price tag, but there is still a free version available to the general community to contribute ideas and suggestions.

MySQL is a fast and relatively inexpensive database management system. It can easily integrate with a wide variety of programming languages, and it is considered to be a very reliable option. One of the most prominent features that customers seem to enjoy is the easy scalability of this system.

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Comms Service Provider8%
Manufacturing Company8%
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IBM Informix is ranked 8th in Relational Databases with 5 reviews while MySQL is ranked 3rd in Relational Databases with 19 reviews. IBM Informix is rated 9.8, while MySQL is rated 7.8. The top reviewer of IBM Informix writes "Many embedded functionalities of the engine allow for significant savings on complex developments and maintenance". On the other hand, the top reviewer of MySQL writes "Good beginner base but it should have better support for backups". IBM Informix is most compared with SQL Server, Oracle Database, IBM Db2 Database, Oracle Multitenant and Oracle Database In-Memory, whereas MySQL is most compared with Firebird SQL, Oracle Database, CockroachDB, SAP HANA and Percona Server. See our IBM Informix vs. MySQL report.

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