AIX beta going strong

I heard some interesting stats from the AIX-6 beta thats going on at the moment. Apparently there have been some 3,500 license accepts and more than 6,500 downloads. Given the normal beta only gets to less than 100 of our core accounts, this one should generate some interesting useage statistics and hopefully make the final product more useable, more quickly.

If you have not seen the details, they can be found on this page. But in summary some excellent new function is included:

  • Workload Partitions
    A new, software based, virtualization approach that complements the existing IBM System Logical Partitions by reducing the number of operating system images that have to be managed when consolidating workloads.
  • Role Based Access Control
    Provides improved security and manageability by allowing administrators to grant authorization for management of specific AIX resources to users other than root by associating those resources with a role that is then associated with a particular system user.
  • AIX Security Expert enhancements
    The AIX Security Expert has been enhanced to provide an option to store security templates directly in a Lightweight Directory Protocol (LDAP) directory—simplifying implementation of a consistent security across an entire enterprise.
  • Name Resolver Caching Daemon
    The Name Resolver Caching Daemon is a new facility to cache host lookup information locally which can improve the performance of applications that access this type of information multiple times.
  • probevue dynamic tracing
    probevue is a new dynamic tracing tool that can simplify debugging complex system or application code. This tool allows a developer or system administrator to dynamically insert trace breakpoints in existing code without having to recompile the code.
  • System Director Console for AIX
    This new facility provides direct access to the System Management Interface Tool (SMIT) in a Web browser. The System Director Console for AIX is included with AIX 6 and does not require any other Web server or other software.

AIX-6 beta runs on POWER6™, POWER5™, POWER4™ or PPC970 processors including the IBM System p™, IBM System p5™, IBM eServer™ p5, IBM eServer pSeries® server product lines, as well as IBM BladeCenter® JS21 blades and IntelliStation® POWER™ workstations.

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I'm Mark Cathcart, formally a Senior Distinguished Engineer, in Dells Software Group; before that Director of Systems Engineering in the Enterprise Solutions Group at Dell. Prior to that, I was IBM Distinguished Engineer and member of the IBM Academy of Technology. I'm an information technology optimist.


I was a member of the Linux Foundation Core Infrastructure Initiative Steering committee. Read more about it here.

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