IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems - July 2018 - 13
AIX is at the center of cloud initiatives and AI
By Shirley S. Savage k Illustration by Kai & Sunny
are opening up new
enables organizations to
dynamically scale, work flexibly
and integrate to meet growing
demand. Artificial intelligence
(AI) provides new tools to
accelerate data processing and
analysis to gain more insights.
The AIX* OS is at the vanguard of
For many years, clients have
used AIX to run their traditional
including their databases, which
are their crown jewels and
warrant protection accordingly.
The OS provides a secure and
highly available environment with
that only increase as the AIX OS is
As modern data platforms
like open-source databases have
emerged, clients want to leverage
their capabilities. Clients also want
to deploy AI for more insights.
And clients want to preserve their
investments in their systems.
"Clients want to run these types
of new workloads side by side on
IBM Power Systems*, leveraging
their existing infrastructure," says
Petra Bührer, offering manager,
Power Systems Software. "IBM is
innovating and modernizing AIX
to handle cloud and AI," she notes.
clouds, is the direction that most organizations
are taking, says Joe Cropper, senior technical staff
member, IBM Power Systems.
Cloud is a big focus for many
organizations. Clients are looking
to optimize their environment
and deploy a more dynamic
delivery of resources across the
enterprise. Some organizations
want to use cloud on-premises.
Others want to save on capital
expenses by using cloud service
providers for some workloads.
"IBM is helping clients create
cloud configurations that suit
their needs. Our focus with AIX is
to innovate in these areas," says
Corradino (Carl) Jones, director,
Cognitive Systems Enterprise
Software Development at IBM,
which includes development
of AIX and IBM PowerVM*
virtualization, as well as
Power Systems Software high
availability (HA), security and
platform management offerings.
The nature of cloud is evolving.
A few years ago, public cloud
was the main focus. And while
public cloud remains a part of
the ecosystem, organizations are
looking to build private clouds,
too. Hybrid cloud deployments,
where some workloads run
on-premises and some in public
One of the cornerstones of that effort is IBM
PowerVC* cloud manager. This offering provides
enterprise virtualization and cloud management
capabilities for AIX, as well as the entire Power
Systems family. Using PowerVC software, AIX
administrators can create their own image catalogs
by deploying familiar applications such as
WebSphere*, Db2*, Oracle and others. PowerVC
cloud manager gives admins many operational
benefits such as making server maintenance easier,
improving resource optimization and simplifying
The cloud management edition of PowerVC
software offers several advantages for clients. AIX
administrators now have unprecedented abilities to
allow users to provision their own workloads and
As more organizations move toward hybrid
cloud, AIX helps clients create cloud
configurations that suit their needs.
IBM PowerVC cloud manager provides
enterprise virtualization and cloud
management capabilities for AIX.
AIX helps organizations manage a
wealth of data on customer behavior and
transactional information that could be
further leveraged with AI.
ibmsystemsmag.com JULY 2018 // 13