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"The scalability is very good.""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.""So far, we do not have a lot of issues. It's pretty problem-free.""The initial setup is pretty easy.""The solution's stability, performance, enhanced functionality, and replication are all great features."

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"The stability has been good so far. It's reliable.""The concurrency, consistency, and security features are the most valuable. It is also a very robust solution.""I am not an IT person. I am an end-user of this solution, and based on my experience, it is comfortable to work with. Everything is okay, and the data is timely available. It can also be easily integrated.""It is a stable product. In terms of recovery, if there is a failure or some kind of fault, we can recover the data. We do not lose it.""It is one of the most reliable database systems.""What I like most is the real application security.""It's a secure market leader.""The performance and reliability are the best features of the Oracle Database."

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"I would like to see backups from secondary servers.""The pricing is a bit expensive.""The solution really doesn't add new features very often.""Continue extending the SQL language for compatibility with the competition's language, including Stored Procedure Language.""There should be more intelligence surrounding discovering data to be able to automatically create indexes."

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"The security of the solution could be improved. It's an area that isn't as good as it could be.""It should have more monitoring features. There should be features to be able to analyze the performance with a query. In Microsoft SQL Server, when you are running any stored procedure, if you want to analyze the performance, you just run the query analyzer. You can easily find out that something is missing in a joint condition, or clustering needs to be added because of a delay. I can't find such features in Oracle Database. They should be added.""The licensing cost could be better.""It takes a significant amount of time after submitting an initial SR with Oracle Tech Support before your case reaches a technical expert with whom you can actually work on the issue resolution. Before that, you have to deal with people who are not experts.""It's not very user-friendly, and it's a little complex. Another issue that I don't like is the licensing complexity.""We faced some difficulties in the network configuration area. All these things can be fixed with the support of Oracle's networking team. We didn't face any other major problems. Its deployment can be easier. It should be easier to configure for a developer. If a developer is planning a database and trying to configure it, it should be easy for him because many times, we cannot directly get help from DBAs.""It needs to be more stable, as recently we have experienced some issues.""The pricing needs to be improved."

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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.""I am not aware of the licensing costs or terms."

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"I am using the trial version.""The price of the solution is expensive compared to other database solutions. We are on an annual subscription.""Its price is already low. Oracle has a competitive and cheaper price as compared to others. Oracle Cloud is cheaper than other clouds. The pricing is very competitive for Oracle Cloud to be in the market. Their pricing makes customers interested in using this product even though Oracle doesn't have a local data center at this moment.""The pricing model could be better.""Seeing as a lot of our applications use Oracle, our team has been able to negotiate a better deal.""There is a license required for this solution and it is a little expensive.""The licensing costs are on a yearly basis.""It was purchased by our client. It might have been a one-time payment. It doesn't seem to be very expensive."

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Questions from the Community
Top Answer: The initial setup is pretty easy.
Top Answer: The pricing is a little high, however, Oracle, for example, is a bit higher still.
Top Answer: What they're saying today is that IBM did not do the right thing with the old database of Informix. We need more marketing solutions for Informix as the marketing for Informix is very low here in Rio… more »
Top Answer: DB2 versus Oracle: - Table structure is different - Data structures - there are some differences including the data type, format and length.
Top Answer: The performance and reliability are the best features of the Oracle Database.
Top Answer: This is quite an expensive product. It's not cheap. We pay a yearly licensing fee to Oracle.
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Oracle 12c, RDBMS
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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.

Oracle Database 12c introduces a new multitenant architecture that makes it easy to consolidate many databases quickly and manage them as a cloud service. Oracle Database 12c also includes in-memory data processing capabilities for breakthrough analytical performance. Additional database innovations deliver new levels of efficiency, performance, security, and availability. Oracle Database 12c comes in two editions to fit your business needs and budget: Enterprise Edition and Standard Edition 2.

For more information on Oracle RDBMS, visit Oracle.com

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Shaspa, Hildebrand, Kaifa, Ranhill Powertron, Federaci‹ Farmacutica (FedeFarma), Camden Council, The German Aerospace Center (DLR), Myers, Votorantim Group, Doosan Infracore, GreenIvory
Agncia Nacional de guas, Anbima, Aria Systems, Asiana Airlines, Astelit LLC, Australian Finance Group, Banco Occidental de Descuento, Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited, BT, Caja de Seguros S.A., Casas GEO S.A.B. de C.V., Comic Relief UK, Corsair Components Inc., CSAM Health AS, CSOB Group, Datacraft Solutions, DenizBank A.S., Department of Treasury and Finance WA, Office of State Revenue, Deutsche B_rse AG, Deutsche Lufthansa AG, Deutsche Messe AG, Digicel Haiti, DPR COSEA, Essar Group, Essatto Software Pty Ltd, Farmšcia e Drogaria Nissei Ltda., Fomento Econ‹mico Mexicano S.A.B. de C.V. (FEMSA), FundaÊo Petrobras de Seguridade Social, Future Group, GFKL Financial Services AG, Grupo Posadas S.A.B. de C.V., Grupo Sinosserra, Guerra S.A. Implementos Rodovišrios, Hanatour International Service, Hays plc, Henan Mobile Co. Ltd, Hochschule Hof, Hong Kong and China Technology (Wuhan) Co. Ltd (Towngas Technology), Industries Corpa_al C.A., Infrastructure Development Finance Company Limited, Instituto Brasileiro de Geografia e Estatstica, Instituto Mexicano de la Propiedad Industrial, Kcell, LinkShare Corporation, MercadoLibre Inc., MetLife Inc., Nextgen Distribution, €BB-IKT GmbH, Octagon Research Solutions, Pacific Lutheran University, Paragon Data GmbH, Ping ltd., PJSC Trustbank, Prodaub _ Processamento de Dados de Uberl_ndia, Purdue University, Redknee Inc., Robi Axiata Limited, Shanghai Infoservice Technology Co. Ltd, Shanghai Sihua Technologies Co. Ltd, Sistema de Aguas de la Ciudad de M_xico, Solihull Metropolitan Borough Council, Suddenlink Communications, Suprajit Engineering Limited, Tallink Grupp, Terminales Ro de la Plata S.A., Therap Services LLC, Think Passenger Inc., Trafigura, Transmed S.A.L Lebanon, ValeShop, VelQuest Corporation, Vodafone Group plc, West Virginia Network, WIND Hellas Telecommunications S.A
Top Industries
Computer Software Company32%
Comms Service Provider24%
Financial Services Firm5%
Financial Services Firm16%
Computer Software Company15%
Comms Service Provider7%
Computer Software Company31%
Comms Service Provider18%
Financial Services Firm11%
Company Size
Small Business40%
Midsize Enterprise20%
Large Enterprise40%
Small Business22%
Midsize Enterprise22%
Large Enterprise56%
Find out what your peers are saying about IBM Informix vs. Oracle Database and other solutions. Updated: November 2021.
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IBM Informix is ranked 8th in Relational Databases with 6 reviews while Oracle Database is ranked 2nd in Relational Databases with 106 reviews. IBM Informix is rated 9.0, while Oracle Database is rated 8.4. 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 Oracle Database writes "Gets the job done, doesn't fail, and suitable for massively scalable applications". IBM Informix is most compared with SQL Server, MySQL, IBM Db2 Database, Oracle Database In-Memory and Oracle Multitenant, whereas Oracle Database is most compared with SAP HANA, IBM Db2 Database, SQL Server, MySQL and IBM Netezza Performance Server. See our IBM Informix vs. Oracle Database report.

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