I would state it like this:
* Innovator-C is a production version at no charge. you can use it in a production environment, but it has software and functionality limitations
* Developer Edition: has all the functionality available, but has physical/sizing limitations. Only for development environment
* Advanced Developer Edition: no functionality limitations, nor physical/sizing limitations. For test/staging environments. You need to already have a for charge Edition to be entitled to have ADE.
* Express/workgroup/Enterprise: commercial editions for production environments
What is your purpose exactly ?
Are you more interested in low range or high range ? The big advantage of the Informix solution is that you can start small and finish hudge without having to rewrite or migrate anything, because it is the same product for all the editions. This is just a licence matter, installing the superior edition and reboucing the server (about 1 minute downtime).
High range has no limit because you can cluster virtually as many servers as you want with the Informix MACH11 technology, and handle NoSql data in a hybrid way with structured SQL data (i.e you can
perform joins between NoSql collections and 'traditional' SQL data).
Informix 12.10 is MongoDB compatible, meaning you can run a MongoDB application on an Informix server just by redirectionning the listener port to Informix.
and between you and me, running a MongoDB application in Informix has a lot of advantages ( performance/hardware sizing)
In your second last posting you wrote something about software and functionality limitations for Innovator-C (but no size limitations????). In your last posting you mentioned a size limit of of 8GB for Innovator-C
On the other hand you did not mention the size limit for Developer edition.
Did you mix Innovator-C and Developer Edition in your last posting?
For testing of software I need a version with full functionality. 7 GB size limit and 1 CPU would be acceptable.
Peter, it is all described in Carlton's document ( the URL i posted), in the "Easy comparison table" section
there is a fully descriptive matrix with all the details:
* Innovator-C is a production license, limited to 8gb of storage, 2 Gb of Shared memory, and 1 CPU VP. No replication,no PDQ, just basic ( but you have timeseries,Spatial, simple text search(lucene) and more datablades, as well as NoSQL/mongoDb compatible full functionality
* Developer Edition is a development license: it has full functionality but restrictions on storage and Shared Memory ( 1Gb SHMEM and 8 Gb storage)
* there are also time limited trials (90 days I think, no limitation)
* the upper Editions have more and more capacity and functionality: Enterprise has it all basically.