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understanding of market and
customer behavior and the ability
to spot transaction fraud or risk,
AI is accessible and available
to clients. To begin, a client
needs to define an area where an
existing process can be and needs
to be improved. Next, a model is
created and trained. The client
deploys the AI model to reveal
insights that lead to changes.
Many connection points are
available into enterprise data
such as Oracle and Db2 databases
on AIX that are used for AI.
Clients can connect these to the
IBM Watson* data platform and
add in other connections from
Spark environments or machine
and deep learning environments.
These points enable data to
be used in a productive AI
environment to gain new insights.
"The AIX OS has all of the
plumbing that's needed to get
going with AI," says Hunter.
As organizations deploy more
AI models, the OS will become
Cutting Edge Focus
IBM is leveraging partnerships
to keep AIX in the lead and
connected with new workloads.
For private cloud, IBM is
partnering with Nutanix, one
of the leaders of on-premises
This partnership combines
Nutanix's cloud software with
IBM Power Systems to deliver a
for critical workloads to simplify
management of private cloud
deployments. Clients can also
reduce the cost and complexity
of mixed environments by using
Nutanix to manage Linux* and
AIX workloads on POWER*
side-by-side with x86.
"IBM looks forward to
the on-premises ease of use
that Nutanix will provide for
"IBM focuses on preserving a client's
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clients," says Jones. "This is the first time the AIX
OS has supported another hypervisor other than
PowerVM-which is a key thing to note as far as the
investments we are making in AIX."
AIX provides the same binary compatibility on
Nutanix that exists on Power Systems models that
support AIX on PowerVM. This compatibility allows
applications developed for AIX 5 or greater to run
unchanged and without recompilation.
IBM's partnership with Skytap provides public
cloud access for AIX users. Users can export AIX
workloads running in their data center (on premises)
cloud like Db2 to the public cloud for flexible
deployment and on-demand scalability.
Turning to AI, IBM is helping clients gain better
insights from their data. One way to do that is by
using the inferencing and training engines found in
PowerAI offerings. "Clients will see great value in the
pairing of data and workloads on AIX with PowerAI,"
When it comes to security, the PowerSC portfolio
offers strong capabilities to raise the overall level
of security, especially in cloud and virtualized
environments. PowerSC security and compliance
simplifies processes with real-time monitoring,
alerting, reporting, compliance automation and
patch management. The recent addition of IBM
PowerSC Security and Compliance Multi-Factor
Authentication provides stronger authentication
protection for AIX systems.
Many clients are keen to leverage open-source
tools. IBM is bringing open source-based
automation tools like Chef, Ansible and Puppet to
AIX. These tools provide flexibility and increased
productivity for DevOps.
Clients that need HA support and disaster recovery
(DR) can use IBM PowerHA* high availability
and Geographically Dispersed Resiliency (GDR).
PowerHA is designed for mission-critical cloud
deployments requiring dedicated resources for
HA. GDR is designed for DR environments in the
cloud. Read "Building a Resilient Disaster Recovery
Solution" on page 27 to learn more about GDR.
Because IBM is focused on ease of use, all of these
offerings-PowerVC, PowerHA, and PowerSC-
provide intuitive web-based user interfaces. IT
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admins don't need to have
specific, in-depth skills to manage
AIX on POWER, notes Bührer.
Clients have a broad array of
options for AI and Cloud. They
can get started with AI and cloud
technologies on their own or
use IBM Lab Services to assist
them in deploying these new
The AIX OS is here for the long
term. IBM has enabled various
features that are unique in the
UNIX space and is constantly
enhancing and broadening
those-like AIX Live Update,
which allows clients to apply
updates concurrently, eliminating
the workload downtime that's
associated with updates that
would have previously required a
Continuing success for AIX
remains front and center for
IBM. "IBM focuses on preserving
a client's investments," notes
Jones. "Clients can be confident
traditional and new workloads
will run on AIX," he says.
Modernization is central
to IBM's plans for AIX.
Enhancements like the support
of additional hypervisors,
integration into higher level
cloud orchestrators like VMware
vRealize, various cloud choices,
as well as container management
such as Kubernetes, gives AIX
users a solid base for the future.
"Wherever the enterprise goes,
AIX will be there," Jones says.
Shirley S. Savage is a Maine-based