What is AIX?

IBM’s Advanced Interactive eXecutive, or AIX, is a series of proprietary UNIX-based operating systems built and sold by IBM. AIX is the leading open standards-based UNIX operating system providing secure, scalable, and robust infrastructure solutions for enterprise. 

With the current UNIX server market capitalization estimated to be over $5 billion, AIX maintains a majority share of 58%. IBM’s Power Systems currently supports both AIX and Linux. 

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IBM’s AIX continues to prove popular with enterprises due to its reliability and support team. AIX continues to lead with best-in-class uptime. IBM Power Systems running AIX 7.2 maintains the lowest percentage of unplanned server downtime. Contributing to the elimination of critical workload downtime is AIX 7.2’s Live Update functionality, which allows kernel updates without a system restart.

For industries reliant on high performance and dependability, such as financial institutions, governments, and health care providers, AIX is still a leader. As such, AIX continues to offer one of the most secure and reliable infrastructures to IBM’s customers. The AIX OS allows customers to enhance their data security through system hardening, changing permissions, various authentication methods, and configuring Common Criteria Security Evaluation features. 

IBM recognizes increasing cloud migration and acceleration across all industry and is subsequently looking to make AIX more cloud-friendly through feature upgrades, OpenStack management integration, and supporting more AIX cloud solutions. For enterprises that value reliability and security in data management, AIX provides the ability to collect vast amounts of data and use it to their competitive business advantage. 

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