Icarus Studios, a video game and 3D training tools, will use Informix Dynamic Server (IDS) 11 models from IBM (NYSE: IBM) for storage of its virtual world data and retrieval.

The Raleigh-based company chose to upgrade to the IBM servers from IBM BladeCenter, IBM Systerm x and IBM System Storage in part to support development of massively multiplayer online games (MMOGs).

"We were impressed by how fast we were able to install and have IDS running in our data intensive environment," said Jim Hettinger, Icarus’ chief executive officerCEO. "Databases are the heart of any online game or virtual world, and we needed a cost effective, scalable, and reliable database to go along with our enterprise grade platform. IDS has excelled in all three of these areas and gives us the ability to scale across our expanding portfolio of MMOGs, Virtual Worlds, and e-learning projects."

Icarus, which employs 65 people, is one of the high-profile companies that make up the Research Triangle area’s rapidly growing video game and interactive training sector.