AIX, IBM’s award-winning UNIX® OE, delivers industrial-strength reliability, availability and security features, while offering flexible systems administration and ease of integration with Linux.
AIX is an open UNIX operating environment from IBM. It provides increased levels of integration, flexibility and reliability-essential for meeting the high demands of today’s e-business applications. It operates over a range of POWER-based systems, including the IBM pSeries and RS/6000.
AIX is fully integrated to support existing 32- and 64-bit hardware systems in their full range of scalability, with key internet technologies such as Java included as part of the base operating system. Best of all, a strong affinity between AIX and Linux permits popular applications developed on Linux to run on AIX with a simple recompilation.
If you rely on your systems to run your business, you need a platform that’s reliable. You also need a platform that isn’t going to turn into a bottleneck every time you start to grow and expand. With AIX, you can count on your systems to be there when you need them and to be able to grow as your business grows.
AIX runs across the entire range of RS/6000 systems, from entry-level servers and workstations to powerful supercomputers like the RS/6000 SP, which runs some of the most complex commercial and technical workloads in the world. Not only does AIX scale across systems of different sizes, it scales across different technologies and hardware platforms by delivering binary compatibility. For instance, systems offered by hardware vendors participating in the AIX Multiple Vendor Program are qualified to run AIX and licensed use to the AIX trademark. So, as you move to newer versions of AIX, its excellent history of binary compatibility provides confidence that your critical applications will continue to run.
But scalability goes far beyond simply running on larger systems or faster processors. True scalability requires a comprehensive design that’s easily adaptable to changing business needs, permitting you to harness increased processing power with a minimum of disruption. And the latest version of AIX, AIX 5L Version 5.1, is tuned and balanced to meet the increasing complexity of Internet activity from network traffic to security to requests for files.
In real-world terms, this means AIX helps enable your systems to handle more data and users more efficiently -- across e-business, business intelligence, enterprise resource planning and other essential business applications.
Furthermore, with AIX, you can upgrade by adding new devices or more storage space when you need it -- without costly system downtime. And AIX 4.3 adds the ability to perform data backups without taking your storage systems offline. This means better control as you maintain and update your systems.
And when the goal is to eliminate downtime dramatically, AIX offers some industry-leading clustering alternatives, such as: