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March 11, 2021
Gary Jasionowicz | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We use AIX to run our mission critical apps.
  • AIX is very stable, We have had systems running for years without rebooting
  • AIX is secure
  • AIX is easy to manage
  • There is no real GUI interface which some people could see as a drawback
  • AIX can be expensive
For mission critical apps that need to stay running. Also for apps that require high performance. It would be less appropriate for small apps that don't need high performance or availability.
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September 12, 2019
Kenny McGarrity | TrustRadius Reviewer
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We currently use IBM AIX as the compute power behind our main legacy ERP system, D3. AIX provides a very stable platform for D3 and allows hundreds of internal customers to connect to our centralized software without batting an eye.
  • IBM AIX is a very stable server product, and I can't recall a time when the server has crashed due to a hardware fault.
  • If you have legacy software that can't run on the new-fangled Linux flavors, AIX might be the way to go.
  • AIX has a host of built-in management tools that makes system configuration easy for a novice.
  • A lot of the built-in commands have not been updated in years. If you're used to some fancy CLI options in Linux, you may be out of luck with AIX.
  • Out of the box, you cannot run open-source Linux utilities on AIX. There is a toolbox you can install, however, it's not the same versions as you would get in different Linux flavors.
  • Tab completion for files and Up arrow to re-run previous commands don't work out of the box without running a Korn shell. A small annoyance, but one that catches me every time!
If you need to run legacy software that is specifically written for AIX, then the server is great. The hardware is also solid and a lot of thought has gone into making it a robust and stable system. Otherwise, my default choice would be to just stick with Linux.
There is lots of documentation out there for AIX. On the times I've had to address a hardware issue, IBM's support has been great.
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September 24, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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IBM AIX is used by the entire organization. We run propriety processing apps in production, mostly legacy software.
  • It is extremely reliable
  • Feature rich, fully fledged *IX system
  • Delivers good performance on IBM POWER
  • Management of the virtualization, especially using IVM can be clunky
*IX based applications that require excellent uptime. The hardware servers/clusters AIX is typically deployed on are very robust with a lot of redundancy built is and allowing many interventions done concurrently, without downtime.
Response time could be longer that I'd like.
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July 07, 2019
Paul Lemmons | TrustRadius Reviewer
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IBM AIX has been used to support the core, enterprise systems here at Tucson Medical Center for more than 14 years. AIX runs our mission-critical applications such as Epic Electronic medical record, Sunquest Lab, Oracle databases, Intersystems Cache Databases, and PeopleSoft. These systems support the enterprise at both the departmental and enterprise levels.
  • Stability. In the 14 years that I have used the product, I cannot think of a single time that we had an OS level failure. It is rock solid. We have had systems that have been booted and run for literally years without interruption.
  • Virtualization. We run IBM AIX as LPARS on Power infrastructure. All of our AIX infrastructure is virtualized making it easy to scale as needed.
  • Their logical volume manager makes the task of managing storage very simple. It is feature complete and they have mitigated much of the complexity that usually is inherent in LVM implementations.
  • I have a love/hate relationship with Smit. It is their administrative interface. It is very powerful and very complete which is why I marked it as a pro. It is also a bit clunky and somewhat arcane in its interface but still usable.
  • Staying current with open source software such as MySQL, Apache, Python, Perl, PHP, etc. These packages are usually only available from third parties and are often very out dated and difficult to implement.
  • Software maintenance is cryptic, difficult to manage, and fragmented. There are Service packs, Technical Levels, APARS, RPM updates, CPAN updates, and each has its own way of being managed and applied.
  • IBM AIX could be more security conscious. By default, insecure protocols such as Telnet and FTP are enabled and are the expected interface.
IBM AIX is a very powerful and extremely stable operating environment. It is well suited for applications that are business critical and cannot tolerate outages. It is best used to address large enterprise level application needs where stability and scalability are of paramount importance. IBM AIX is less useful for small enterprises.
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June 20, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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Aix is utilized across the organization for workloads that require exceptional stability and performance.
  • Aix has exceptional security, if you configure it properly to best security practices.
  • Using the new Power9 platform we are able to have great price to performance ratios on our workloads.
  • Aix is now available in a cloud option so we are looking at extending our hybrid configurations.
  • While there are options to install some standard Linux tools like Bash, they are not always easy to procure
  • Allowing easier flexibility in how some tools and CLI options work would make it easier for admins to float between operating systems.
High-performance OLTP database transaction processing.
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May 15, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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AIX currently runs critical ERP systems across the organization. The stability, ease of use and robustness of the platform allows us to focus on the applications and worry less about the implementation and uptime concerns.
  • Performance Management
  • Volume and Filesystem management
  • Ease of Use
  • Backup and Recovery
  • Bringing new features online
  • Configuration Management
  • Difference enough from Linux to create concerns
[Well suited for] Any application that can benefit from higher uptimes, online management and a robust platform (Power systems). It is less appropriate for platforms where cost is a key concern and the architects are ok with limited uptime and failures can be routed around.
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January 17, 2019
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
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IBM AIX is used on hardware supporting both database and middleware and applications. It is used across the enterprise, supporting applications generally provided by IBM such as Websphere. Used by all business segments, its usage has decreased over the years as we drive to use more open source options. It is very powerful but quite expensive.
  • Very high performance; handles load very well
  • Very stable, not a lot of OS issues with this system
  • Solid vendor support
  • Very Expensive
  • Doesn't always handle non-IBM offerings very well
  • Seems to be shrinking, as we find it difficult to find AIX resources

IBM is very well suited running DB2 and Websphere, as well as other IBM offered products. The sweet spot is when you get a complete IBM stack.

The counter to that is we have found running Oracle on it to be difficult. It also is limited because of the wide range of Windows-based apps that are not candidates to run on the system. The introduction of open source offerings into our environment makes it a less optimal offering.

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What is IBM AIX?

IBM AIX (for Advanced Interactive eXecutive) is a Unix operating system, developed, offered and supported by IBM.
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What is IBM AIX?

IBM AIX (for Advanced Interactive eXecutive) is a Unix operating system, developed, offered and supported by IBM.

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