Thursday, August 28, 2008

What is AIX

Advanced Interactive Executives as they say is an open standards-based, UNIX® operating system that allows you to run the applications you want, on the hardware you want—IBM UNIX OS-based servers. AIX in combination with IBM's virtualization offerings, provides new levels of flexibility and performance to allow consolidation of workloads on fewer servers which can increase efficiency and conserve energy. AIX delivers high levels of security, integration, flexibility and reliability—essential for meeting the demands of today's information technology environments. AIX operates on the IBM systems based on Power Architecture® technology.

It provides fully integrated support for 32- and 64-bit applications. The AIX operating system provides binary compatible support for the entire IBM UNIX product line including IBM Power™ Systems, System p™, System i™, pSeries®, iSeries™ servers as well as the BladeCenter® JSxx blade servers and IntelliStation® POWER™ workstations. AIX also supports qualified systems offered by hardware vendors participating in the AIX Multiple Vendor Program. So, as you move to newer versions of the AIX operating system, its excellent history of binary compatibility provides confidence that your critical applications will continue to run.

AIX is the UNIX operating system from IBM for RS/6000, pSeries and the latest p5 & p5+ systems. Currently, it is called "System P". AIX/5L the 5L addition to AIX stands for version 5 and Linux affinity. AIX and RS/6000 was released on the 14th of February, 1990 in London. Currently, the latest release of AIX is version 5.3. AIX 6 beta is released in july 2007, along with the new POWER6 hardware range.

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