IBM drops a bombshell!

Well, this certainly came from left-field:


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Jan 16, 2008 15:31 ET
IBM Informix Dynamic Server to Deliver Support for Mac OS X

SAN FRANCISCO, CA–(Marketwire – January 16, 2008) – IBM (NYSE: IBM) today announced plans to deliver Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) support for Mac OS X Leopard. Through this collaboration, the planned IDS 11 “Cheetah 2” release will be available for Mac OS X version 10.5 Leopard. The first beta version is available now for download.

IDS 11 will provide online transaction processing (OLTP) data serving capabilities for the Mac platform — adding to existing support of Linux, Unix and Windows. IDS 11 will offer the high performance, low operating cost, scalability and data availability that have been the hallmark of IDS and the user experience Mac customers have come to expect. IDS provides continuous availability and disaster recovery, including support for multiple secondary servers — delivering 99.999% availability.

“The new IDS release demonstrates our commitment to meeting client and solution partner needs in industries such as education, government and media,” said Arvind Krishna, vice president, IBM Data Servers. “We are bringing leading database management capabilities of IBM IDS 11 to companies that are taking advantage of the Mac OS X environment.”

“Blazing-fast Intel processors and the stability and security of Mac OS X are just some of the many compelling reasons businesses are switching to the Mac,” said Ron Okamoto, Apple’s vice president of Worldwide Developer Relations. “We’re thrilled that IBM is joining the growing number of Mac enterprise application developers by bringing its powerful enterprise-class IDS database to the Mac.”

“Our higher education customers have been well served by our partnership with IBM throughout the years and they appreciate the reliability and low cost delivered by IBM Informix Dynamic Server, in combination with the Jenzabar Total Campus Management solution,” Ben Bassett, VP, Software and Services, Jenzabar, Inc. “Jenzabar continues to be encouraged by the strong commitment IBM has made to IDS, as demonstrated by this extension of IDS support to the Mac platforms. IDS on Mac OS X will provide a robust database and development environment for the higher education market.”

Developers can download the open beta version of IBM Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) Developer Edition from the IBM website:

So, can we expect more server platforms to be ported to Mac OS X Server?  Domino????

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