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AIX – The future of UNIX

According to the International Data Corporation (IDC), the IBM Power Systems platform with AIX technology is one of the leaders in worldwide UNIX server revenue share.1 An open standards–based UNIX OS, IBM AIX software exploits decades of IBM technology innovation. According to ITIC’s 2013 survey, the IBM AIX OS delivered the highest reliability scores among different server OS platforms, including Linux and other UNIX OS.1

AIX technology offers deep integration and optimisation with PowerVM virtualisation, PowerHA high availability (HA) software, PowerSC security and compliance software as well as optimisation through IBM’s broader middleware and software stack, including IBM DB2 software, IBM WebSphere Application Server software and IBM Rational compilers and development tools.

The latest AIX 7.1 release features cluster-aware integration with PowerHA, as well the ability to run AIX 5.2 and AIX 5.3 Workload Partitions (WPARs) to facilitate application migration and reuse. The AIX OS is available in three editions for a range of capability and flexibility for both mid-sized and large enterprises.

AIX 7 and the previous release, AIX 6, are binary compatible with previous versions of AIX including AIX 5L. This means that applications that ran on earlier versions will continue to run on AIX 7 or 6 – guaranteed.2

IBM i – A system designed for business

IBM i offers an integrated, simple-to-manage platform for business applications with a proven reputation for exceptional resilience and low operational costs. Running applications based on IBM i has helped companies over many years to focus on innovation and on delivering new value to their business and to lower the costs of managing their IT operations.

More than 150,000 midsize businesses rely on the simplicity, resiliency and cost-effectiveness of IBM i to run thousands of applications from ISVs serving virtually every industry. Its reputation for security, resiliency and ease of use derives from the integration of IBM i with its built-in DB2 database, web services, networking and storage management capabilities.

The IBM i 7.2 release brings significant value to clients with more granular security options for critical business data, additional system management functionality as well as many other enhancement designed with performance and usability in mind. IBM i clients will be able to run IBM i 7.2 on POWER7/7+ and POWER8 systems, providing the key reliability, availability, scalability and performance characteristics to which they are accustomed.

PowerHA – Resiliency without downtime

Smarter computing by nature requires businesses to raise their services delivery levels, fuelling all day, every day, HA demands for their applications and IT infrastructure. PowerHA SystemMirror for AIX and IBM i is a HA clustering solution for both DC and multisite resiliency. PowerHA is designed to protect business applications from outages of virtually any kind, helping ensure around-the-clock business operations.

The best HA and disaster recovery (DR) plans involve an integrated approach to resiliency spanning across applications, OS, servers and storage. That’s why PowerHA software offers deep integration and optimisation between PowerHA SystemMirror software and AIX and IBM i. The PowerHA solution is optimised for IBM System Storage devices, such as the Storwize V7000 system for businesses.

PowerSC – Designed to protect virtualised data centres

Security and compliance are intrinsic to today’s business processes, development and daily operations and should be factored in to the initial design of any IT or critical infrastructure solution, not added after the fact. IBM offers solutions to protect data from threats and unauthorised access on Power Systems servers running AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads. Security is integrated and built into every layer of the hardware and software on Power systems not as an afterthought add-on. Data encryption capabilities to protect file systems, data and backup are integral to securing business information.

IBM solutions provide intuitive administration that helps you to define, enforce and audit your business security policy. IBM PowerSC software provides a security and compliance solution optimised for virtualised environments on Power Systems servers running PowerVM, AIX and Linux software. Enhance compliance management and demonstration of compliance through PowerSC industry profiles and policy-based security compliance reporting with real-time alerts for compliance violations. Compliance automation features include prebuilt system profiles that facilitate compliance with a variety of industry standards, such as the Payment Card Industry Data Security Standard (PCI-DSS). Additional PowerSC functionality includes compliance monitoring for network segregation, system trust status and system patch policy compliance and protection of audit logs.

IBM services and financing for your Smarter Computing projects

From online self-evaluation tools and workshops to comprehensive assessments and complete migration services, IBM BP and IBM Lab Services experts around the world can help you determine where to begin or how to make the most of your current Power Systems solutions.

Work with IBM Global Finance (IGF) to explore the financing options most appropriate for your business. For more information on great rates, flexible payment plans and loans and asset buyback and disposal, visit: ibm.com/financing/uk

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