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July 22, 1998


By CBR Staff Writer

Informix Corp yesterday announced a new version of its flagship database product, Dynamic Server, for the desktop environment. Dynamic Server Personal Edition is a single-user database server designed to bring all the features and functionality of the enterprise product down to the Windows 95/98/NT desktop. Available immediately, the company said it had developed the product in direct response to user demand. Users were increasingly telling us they wanted to run the same apps they run on their Unix boxes on their desktops, Daniel Leighton, Informix’s worldwide server marketing manager told ComputerWire, this product uses exactly the same APIs and the same architecture as our flagship enterprise database product. He said that DS Personal Edition will be used by corporations deploying large numbers of distributed databases as well as by application developers and VARs building applications requiring an embedded database. Because the personal edition has the same application programming interface as its enterprise sibling, developers can work and test-run their applications remotely, he said. Leighton added that Personal Edition was just the first step in a series of new announcements in this area. Although he would not be drawn on specifics, he hinted the company was working on a fully mobile version of its database. But I’m being deliberately vague, he said, I’m not sure that a mobile database shouldn’t have a completely different architecture anyway, as there would inevitably be data replication problems. He added that while the new product could effectively be run on a laptop computer, it wasn’t intended as a mobile solution. We’re specifically targeting the product for those Informix users who have a tactical need for a desktop database, he said.


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