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IT-Director: Informix renews its commitment to Linux and the small user

Feb 03, 2000, 15:48 (0 Talkback[s])
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"Informix is reported to have announced massive price reductions for Linux versions of its Internet Foundation.2000 database. The size of the savings available represent a major thrust towards the Linux platform and a re-affirmation of the importance of the small database user to Informix. Typical savings represent 80% - 90% of the cost of Informix on equivalent platforms, with a single user developer copy costing $199 ($2,000 on proprietary Unix), and server prices starting at $2,000 for the first CPU and $10,000 per additional CPU for 2-4 processor systems. But at LinuxWorld 2000 visitors to the Informix stand are being given free development copies."

"This is a potentially risky strategy for Informix. When it comes to pricing it is difficult to outmaneuver the likes of Oracle and Microsoft. If Informix's pricing does start to hurt the other players the end result could be a pricing war with a downward spiral heading rapidly towards zero. Given the nature of the dbms market this zero cost software scenario is quite feasible."

"So we could see a situation developing that maps closely on to the Linux pricing model - the software comes at no cost but you pay for the support services, education and added value services."

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