Thursday, July 22, 2010

IBM Redbooks - Migrating from Microsoft SQL Server to IBM Informix

Just noticed a new IBM Redbook was published today and is available for download here.

I just downloaded it, but have not read it yet.  I will be taking a look at it today.

Here is the abstract from the IBM Redbooks website

In this IBM® Redbooks® publication, we discuss considerations, and describe a methodology, for transitioning from Microsoft® SQL Server 2008 to the Informix® Dynamic Server. We focus on the topic areas of data, applications, and administration, providing information about the differences in features and functionality, including the data types, data manipulation language, data definition language, and stored procedures. Understanding the features and functionality of the two products assists you in developing a migration plan. 

We provide a conversion methodology and discuss the processes for migrating the database objects and data from SQL Server to Informix using various methods. We show the SQL differences between SQL Server and Informix and illustrate, with examples, how to convert tables, views, stored procedures, functions, and triggers. We provide script conversion samples for data loading. We describe application programming and conversion considerations. In addition, we discuss the Informix configuration, as well as the administration features and functions Informix provides to help DBAs manage the Informix database server after it is migrated.

With this information, you can develop your required transition methodology, and you can plan and execute the conversion activities in an orderly and cost-effective manner.

Well hot damn.  Glad to see this kind of stuff from IBM to go with the new Innovator-C and Choice editions and repackaging and repricing to be more in line with SQL Server.  Throw in some benchmarks (promised at the most recent IIUG conference) and some form of marketing and we're moving in the right direction.

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