Since its inception in 1986, AIX has evolved to become an indispensable component of all of the IBM Power Servers. Let’s take a brief peek into what these systems really are…IBM Power systems and the AIX…along with their significance today!
It is worth noting that the technologies are advancing very rapidly, but the methodologies that utilize them, not so much. This need for an integrated infrastructure to enable customized solutions in the areas of mobile access, cloud, as well as Big Data Analytics was especially felt in the 2001s.
Open Sesame: IBM Power Systems!
In 2008, IBM merged two different strains of processors (the p line and the i line) to form the Power Systems! What makes such Power Systems very relevant in today’s environment is that they have servers that are built for being mission-centric, that support Big Data and that are adaptable to changing environments.
Some Advantages of IBM Power Systems:
Power Systems offer an open platform to mid-sized and large-scale organizations alike in the sense that they satisfy almost all of their business priorities
Mitigates risk by providing end-to-end security encryptions and maintaining data integrities
Business services are made scalable, open source, cloud friendly and overall economical in the real world
Let’s face it: a Memory Size of 16 TB is always an asset!
Now, it is an understatement that IBM Power Systems go well with AIX OS. It would be much more relevant and truthful to say that AIX OS is partial to IBM Power Systems!
Introducing AIX OS!
AIX a.k.a. Advanced Interactive eXecutive, is an operating system based on Unix. Its first version was introduced in 1986, and has flowered into an enterprise level solution that is secure, economical and accessible to the hilt. AIX does not usually come with compilers but the OS is supplied with a machine that is compatible with that version. It is applicable to both 32-bit as well as 64-bit processors and is in-line with safety thresholds.
Benefits of Treading the AIX Route:
RAS features like Reliability, Accessibility and Serviceability are the pinnacle of its services.
LPARs: It is very important to note the fact that there can be logical partitions made to POWER4 and POWER5 CPUs of the Power Systems using multiple AIX OS copies. AIX is instrumental in a progressive relationship with the firmware known as Hypervisor.
Disk sharing…and consequently virtualization is effectively achieved which subsequently leads to a cost effective environment.
Base AIX has a JFS2 (Journaling File System) that supports files that are multiple TBs in length. This enables for extensive storage and retrieval.
Foundational AIX contains a WLM (Workload Manager) that enables for segregation into various classes, resources and partitions. This leads to controlling, management, and coexistence of multiple processes on a singular view.
A feature known as HACMP…High Availability Cluster Multiprocessing is useful for the automatic start or stop of a conglomerate of machines.
The Hypervisor is responsible for the time slicing of CPUs and thus it facilitates micro partitioning.
Today, AIX is a harbinger in all global level applications such as Enterprise Level, Intranet, Extranet, eBusinesses, as well as Supercomputer Workstations. Today, IBM AIX and IBM Power Systems provide a pleasantly nuanced way to regulate all the IT techniques!
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