December 8th, 2010
Most of us are familiar with LAMP, the most popular free/open source solution stack in use today. There is an, not as popular, alternative that database intensive site owners might be interested in: LAIP. While LAMP stands for Linux, Apache, MySQL and PHP; LAIP swaps out Oracle’s MySQL server for IBM’s Informix database server.
IBM Informix offers the industry’s most comprehensive set of high availability options that can take advantage of low-cost hardware, and Informix 11.7 takes that to new heights with Informix Flexible Grid. Schedule upgrades or maintenance when you want, without any downtime, and without having to use temporary hardware or clone your databases and applications. -IBM
IBM have documented detailed instructions on how to setup a LAIP stack here. These instructions mention older versions of software available today, but they should still hold true. This assumes you are starting with a plain Linux server, that means no control panels. So this would be an optimum solution if you offer VPSs for your customers, and want to provide a single customers with an environment suited for a database intensive site. Setup a couple of similar VPSs, and take advantage of Informix’s High Availability features.
About the Author:
Hamish joined Bobcares in July of 2004, and since then has grown to be well versed in the Control Panels and Operating systems used in the Web Hosting industry today. He is highly passionate about Linux and is a great evangelist of open-source. When not at work, he keeps himself busy populating this blog with both technical and non-technical posts. When he is not on his Xbox, he is an avid movie lover and critic