On this day in 1986, IBM Austin launched a new operating system called Advanced Interactive eXecutive (AIX) for the IBM RT Personal Computer. IBM introduced this OS as their own version of UNIX. AIX is an integrated environment with a long-standing reputation for its flexibility, exceptional security features & virtualization capabilities, and business resilience.
The first major AIX innovations came about in 1990 with the introduction of the system management interface tool, or better known as SMIT. The purpose of this tool was to allow anyone without AIX experience the ability to use the OS. Other major innovations from the past 30 years include enhanced processing power, security features, improved network virtualization, Live Application Mobility, workload management & optimization tools, and many other great features.
Other advantages of running on AIX rather than similar operating systems include:
- Ability to run on IBM Power Systems,
- Best platform for DB2,
- Backed by a major computing titan, offering strong support,
- Stable, nondisruptive roadmap (and not open source!), and
- Easy to satisfy compliance requirements
At Connectria, we take pride in our exceptional experience with AIX. As many businesses turn to Linux and Windows for their business needs, we continue to provide AIX services for companies with large investments in the platform but limited access to technical support. With nearly 15 current AIX customers, we offer services including remote management, hosted environments, cloud hosting, support for IBM Power Systems, and more. Check out our full list of services and contact us with any hosting needs!
Congrats again, AIX, on your 30th birthday! We look forward to many more years to come!
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