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IBM teases new AIX release – the first since 2015

IBM has formally announced a new version of its AIX operating system.

In a Statement of Direction document posted on February 23rd; Big Blue offered the following brief description of its plans for the OS:

The Statement of Direction doesn’t mention when AIX 7.3 will arrive, but in the official announcement of a new POWER-powered Private Cloud that The Register revealed two weeks ago, IBM says AIX 7.3 is “coming to your data center in 2021.”

The announcement adds that the update will offer “enhanced capabilities that deliver resiliency, security and scale needed to get your IT environment ready for hybrid cloud.”

The emphasis on hybrid cloud is no surprise as IBM’s new CEO Arvind Krishna’s first letter from the big chair said “Hybrid cloud and AI are two dominant forces driving change for our clients and must have the maniacal focus of the entire company.”

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The AIX team appears to have received that message loud and clear.

It’s hard to say if it will deliver, because IBM has offered scant detail of how it will update AIX with hybrid goodness.

The Register fancies that RedHat may have a fair bit to do with it, probably with an OpenShift tie-in.

While IBM has promised years more support for AIX, news of an update will be welcome as a sign of ongoing commitment and because the last major drop of the OS 2015’s version 7.2. That version emerged around two months after being announced, so it may not be long before we get to see how Big Blue intends to make AIX a happy hybrid. ®


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