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IDS New Feature Requests - 2007

Better install of products Out of box localization for IDS ( including product installation scripts/programs ) on all platforms without requiring an external ILS instalation.
Easier install on linux (includes/builds the init.d files)
 
Add XPS features to IDS Parallel loads interface similar to XPS
Support of external table like XPS
support of DBSLICE same as XPS
Ability to have a database spread across multiple systems. Similar to XPS. Support for pload and external tables like XPS.
Ability to scan fragments as effeciently as in XPS.
Hybrid Fragmentation (from XPS) DB-Slices (from XPS)
Implement and improve data warehousing / data mart capabilities.
In XPS you can create dbslice WHY NOT IN ids
Ability to create and use external tables as available in XPS. Ability to use the pload feature of XPS in IDS.
Porting of some more XPS features... A table partition between instances could be nice...
   
Stored Procedures Would like to see SPL expanded to be able to write procedures/function in language like Perl or even Python would be a mjor step forward. Postgres can do Perl SPL's.
Improvements to stored procedure performance
Stored procedures written on 4GL (without interface functions).
A full fledged SPL like PL/SQL of DB2 and Oracle. I know you can do it with Java, but it's hard for cusomters to change from Oracle to Informix when you have to redevelop all the stored procedures. Also SPL should have a "wrapped" option (bascially encrypted to retain business intelligence)
add ability for a stored procedure to return More than one row without using a foreach - Improve debugging possibility for stored procedures as a step by step execution mode for example - add possibility to check for objects and not only for syntax when compiling a stored procedure
The existing SPL is not expressive enough. Compare it to what Oracle offers and it's clear it's lacking. So, with that said, make it more expressive. Something like what 4GL offers (without the gui stuff) would be a huge step forward.
Prevent two (or more) threads from trying to automatically reoptimize a stored procedure; that when one thread is already doing this, all others (who have detected the need to reoptimize) back off and wait until the current re-optimization is complete, and then proceed to use the newly optimized procedure as if nothing has changed.
Any additional improvements to SPL, since it hasn't been touched in many, many years.
allow load and unload in procedures
   
Improve Security aspects Simply and enhance all Security aspects (nothing specific; access, encryption, application-roles, etc).
Allow PAM authentication without the need to have the user recognized by the operating system
Full database encryption... AFAIK Oracle supports this with Oracle Vault...
Add password encryption by default (without configuring CSM)
Add ability to grant permissions to unix users and unix groups like in DB2. Within IDS we can grant permissions to specific users or to user defined in roles. Yet roles have to be set up prior to their use. We feel the use of unix users is less difficult than the use of roles.
Also, the ability to grant database permissions to Unix groups and then users' ids that are part of that group get those permissions, much like DB2 does, would also be helpful.
Authorization on IDS level, not OS only.
table privilege control(ex. by role) doesn't work when connect with some drivers(ex. ODBC).
   
Enhance automated/autonomic features Everything you can think of related to zero maintenance (no DBA involved). Full database level backup - backup and restore only one database (not the entire server instance). Very simple table level restore including restore of one table to another (new table name when restoring). Would like a gui for the purpose as well.
In addition to an advisor for an initial CONCONFIG, I wonder about a monitoring application that could observe the engine for a period of time and offer one or two intelligent configuration choices based upon actual experience.
"Autonomic" HDR initial setup that does not require a level zero restore.
With automated statistics and distributions - make it configurable so that DBA can choose which tables get done, the level of stats generated and frequency for generation. Preferably run it as a background thread that uses idle CPU time.
Automatic detection and repair of otherwise catastrophic catalog corruption and other critical engine errors that would normally require the DBA to down the engine - downing and restoring an instance is not an option for mission critical environments.
We want automatic index builds use PDQ benefits [ like in: CREATE TABLE a (pk INT8, PRIMARY KEY pk) ]
A performance profiler that could examine (trace) the transaction logs and make recommendations for improvements.
Configure email address (with use of smtp server) to send emails to monitoring people to alert some situations in IDS. E.g.: If a table is dropped, send an email to DBA, if IDS is down, send email to operator. I wanna mean: May configurate more than one e-mail address to send several kind of warnings or error messages. Thanks in advice. Roberto Ferronato
   
Enable connections from other database products Ability to connect to different database products like UDB, Sql Server etc. We can do this with DB2 UDB and it is a major shortcoming when trying to federate different database instances.
   
Enhanced dbexport Need a multi-threaded dbimport/dbexport with inline compression/uncompression that does not require exclusive access to the database.
Dirty mode DBexport (export even if there is a user) - -
Improve the performance of DBEXPORT when exporting tables with text (blob) datatypes.
   
Temp tables enhancements 1. "create or replace" should work with temp tables also. 2. "select * from mytable into temp t with no serial" should create an integer instead of a serial if there is a serial in mytable. This would save code when it is desired to update some columns in t and insert back into mytable (the serial column would be set=0 so that it is generated by IDS). If "alter table" would be allowed on temps, the above is not needed.
   
Enhanced HDR / ER functions Backup/restore and HDR between different operating systems This is more or less referenced, but deserves a clarification: A DBA should have a way to gain real exclusive access to a table... Alter a hot table can be a real PITA... 7- A way to calculate statistics for specific fragments of a fragmented table... And a way to merge existing statistics when we attach a fragment (if this is not done yet...)
how about true clustering ability i.e. the ability to have N primaries which are read/write? ~ of course, each would have to keep one another up to date..using shared discs across all would help. - HDR secondaries etc remaining the same as in ids11. This would be a HUGE improvement for ids 11.
"Autonomic" HDR initial setup that does not require a level zero restore.
allow warm restore for ER;
ER: special "forward replication" mode that allows for replicating data that just arrived via or got updated by DataSync - ER: better restore possibilities (warm/mixed restore, possibly also PIT/PIL)
ER monitoring tools or API - that shows the sync status of 2 or more nodes involved in ER i.e. at any moment similar to what SQL Server Merge replication status can be found using Replication Monitor tools.
More ER enhancements -- robustness, performance, features.
   
High Performance Loader A better access tool for HPL usage.
Integrate HPL inside IDS. Develop it to an automatic tool for unload/load in same manner of unload/load commands.
HPL become GUI between remote machines - similar to select from localhost insert into remote machine databse tables.
Incorporate HPL features to dbexport and dbimport, like DB2.
   
4GL - continuation / enhancement Create version 11 of Informix 4GL.
Give us enhancements to 4GL!
   
Graphical Tools A new graphical User Interface for Managing Informix apart from the Web Administration tool
Ability to do all DBA functions from a web tool.
GUI DB2 alike
Most of all, a native admin GUI tool that is better than the current ISA (eg. Grid control in Oracle).
Build new GUI Editor for IDS
one DB Admin GUI Tool like DB2 Control Center
A tool which easily allows you to identify which process (PID) on which host holds a lock. A tool which allows you to record which process on which host is executing a particular SQL statement.
Add additional information to sysprocplan: 1. Creation time of plan (not only date) 2. Username who created plan 3. Readable text (explain) for this plan
Well GUI management tools, like the one with AGS
The ability to see information about databases using onstat (at least in the same amount as Onmonitor-Status-Databases screen shows)
1) ability to fragment indexes by round robin 2) ability to use user functions for fragmentation expressions
Add tool for graphic database maintenance (like AGS Server Studio fool version)
Free GUI based Database Administration along with IDS Software. (Similar to Oracle)
   
Window Client Decent windows client (equal to SQL Server Business Intelligence Suite) delivered with IDS. Replace on.. commands and onmonitor with windows client.
Database is generally fine but remote monitoring & maintenance on MS Windows platforms is reliant on ISA or direct logon to server as open admin is too limited. Enhance ISA please as I'm stuck with dozens of Windows servers.
   
Marketing Official Performance Benchmarks that are externalized Performance comparison white papers (ie v7x to v11 with proof points Full Online Table Reorg 4GL capable SPL
Invest in 3rd party support of IDS. -. IDS FOREVER !!!
marketing, marketing, marketing !!! give IDS the same chances as DB2 and let the market decide which one is the better engine
Publish TPC/C benchmark results.
 
Oracle RAC Features I'd like to suggest that IBM improve Load Balance in IDS, because it's the "plus" that Oracle has and IDS doesn't. In Brasil, we would like to start with IDS 11 (or 12, with load balance... ) the "Kill Oracle" operation... Help us!!!
IDS must be *BETTER* and DO MORE than Oracle RAC!
add possibility to add a RAC functionality as oracle (some IDS node using a centralized database)
Yes. It does not have the Active / Active Clustering. only due to lagging of this feature we are planning to move to Oracle RAC. Any Road Map to implment this??? Thanks. Please send your comments to musthalie@yahoo.com
Full write-write SDS nodes.
Better High-Availaility and horizontal scalability support.
Highly important for us: Support for real active-to-active IDS clustering, so one Informix instance can run on two or more servers at the same time.
2 things: - more than 1 writable SDS node (which is not the same as more than 1 writable HDR), and - how many times do we have to scream off the top of our lungs... HPL BASED DBEXPORT/DBIMPORT!!!!
   
Educational version Free non-crippled test/developer versions that could be used in an educational environment. I can teach kids the Owrek, but not Informix... Without, of course, hiring an expensive IBM consultant/trainer.