AIX decline in usage
January 17, 2019

AIX decline in usage

Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 4 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM AIX

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
  • Negative ROI vs other offerings
  • Hard to find qualified employees
  • Solid offering when used in its sweet spot
When compared against Red Hat Linux or Microsoft Windows, IBM AIX is much more expensive. The flexibility of the Microsoft and Red Hat offerings give them an extreme advantage over IBM AIX. The TCO for IBM AIX is considerably higher than the other two. The ability to find qualified support personnel with experience in Linux or Windows is much easier as well.

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.