Informix Holds Fire Sale on Linux Database

  • Written By: M. Reed
  • Published: February 14 2000

Event Summary

"NEW YORK, February 2, 2000-Informix Corporation (NASDAQ: IFMX), the technology leader in the software infrastructure for the i.Economy and a leading Linux vendor, at LinuxWorld 2000 announced its continued commitment and investment to the Linux community with the release of Foundation.2000 and Cloudscape 3.0 on Linux.

Informix committed to bring all core server products to the Linux platform, including its business intelligence suite. Linux demonstrated versions of Informix Internet Foundation.2000, Cloudscape, Redbrick and Extended Parallel Server (XPS) at LinuxWorld 2000.

Informix also announced special price promotions for Foundation.2000, Intel Architecture on Linux, and demonstrated the first Linux-based web-warehousing solution. Customers have a variety of purchase options. A single developer user license for Foundation.2000 Intel Architecture on Linux is priced at $199. The pricing for a single CPU version of Informix Internet Foundation.2000 Intel Architecture on Linux is $2,000.00 and two to four CPUs are $10,000 per CPU.

According to Janet Smith, senior director of Linux marketing at Informix Corporation, "We see the tremendous growth potential of the Linux market and are announcing this aggressive price promotion on Foundation.2000 to help lower the barriers to entry."

Market Impact

Following on the heels of Oracle's announced price cuts, and with the rising popularity of the Linux operating system, Informix is cutting its prices for its databases by over 80 percent. This is obviously a loss leader designed to get them into the market. The offer is good from February 10 through October 10, 2000.

What remains to be seen is whether Informix can be successful given its late entry into the Linux arena. Other vendors such as Imprise/Borland were much quicker to market.

User Recommendations

Customers who have interest in the Linux operating system as a database platform should investigate this offering. Informix's new "Try & Buy" Foundation.2000 promotion is currently free for a 30-day trial from the Informix web site.

Informix's database offerings have long been respected for their core functionality and feature set, and being able to test it out for free is an attractive offer.

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