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 be a bottleneck every time you start to grow and expand. With the AIX® operating system (OS), 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 IBM Power™ Systems based on IBM Power Architecture® technology from entry–level servers and workstations to powerful supercomputers like the 64-core servers, which run some of the most complex commercial and technical workloads in the world. Not only does the AIX operating system scale across systems of different sizes, it scales across different technologies and hardware platforms by delivering binary compatibility. So, as you move to newer versions of the AIX OS, 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.
In real-world terms, this means the AIX OS 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 the AIX OS, you can upgrade by adding new devices or more storage space when you need it—without costly system downtime. And AIX adds the ability to perform data backups without taking your storage systems offline. This means better control as you maintain and update your systems. On systems based on the POWER6™ or POWER7™ processor, the AIX OS can be moved from one system to another without disrupting the workloads running inside of AIX using the PowerVM™ Live Partition Mobility feature of PowerVM Enterprise Edition on POWER7 or POWER6 processor-based systems.
And when the goal is to eliminate downtime dramatically, the AIX OS offers some industry-leading capabilities, such as: