Following on swiftly from its EuroForum conference two weeks ago at which it warned of a trade-off between speed and safety, database developer Informix has outlined a distributed enterprise computing strategy.
The strategy, unveiled last week, centres on replication, systems management and Web-enabled clients. Its goal is to provide customers with a way of distributing, managing and sharing information between data centres and remote servers using either traditional client-server systems, or the Internet and corporate intranets.
The various components of the strategy will integrate with the company's existing Informix-OnLine database family. The replication component will encompass three new products, to be released before the end of the year.
With these components - Workgroup Replication, Informix-Enterprise Replication and Praxis International's OmniReplicator - Informix claims it will be the only company able to offer a scalable replication solution integrated within a single database server. As well as working with Informix's own database architecture, the replication products support third-party environments such as Oracle.
The systems management piece of the distributed enterprise strategy is the Informix-Enterprise Command Centre (IECC). Also due to become available before the end of the year, it will support third-party systems management tools and SNMP-based enterprise management frameworks.
According to Informix, IECC allows system administrators to manage several database servers remotely, either from a Web browser or from Windows PCs.
Terry Lawlor, Informix technology marketing manager for Northern Europe, said: "By providing an advanced management solution that integrates with leading third-party systems management tools, including SNMP-based enterprise management frameworks, Informix helps our customers take the emphasis away from managing data to how data is used for competitive advantage."
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