Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 29th Nov 2007 21:22 UTC
Sun Solaris, OpenSolaris IBM and Sun Microsystems are in the final stages of an 18-month-long project to adapt the OpenSolaris operating system to run optimally on Big Blue's z System mainframes. David Boyes, president and chief technology officer of Sine Nomine Associates, a consultancy that handled most of the integration and migration duties, told eWEEK at the Gartner Data Center Conference 2007 that the new IBM-tuned version of OpenSolaris will be ready soon. He declined to be more specific.
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RE: Woe is AIX
by nick on Fri 30th Nov 2007 00:11 UTC in reply to "Woe is AIX"
nick
Member since:
2006-04-17

I'm not so sure. These mainframe efforts to bring in OSes are about consolidation. What they want to do with this is to take Sun's hardware sales.

And they would probably prefer AIX on pSeries not to be consolidated onto mainframes.

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RE[2]: Woe is AIX
by butters on Fri 30th Nov 2007 02:02 in reply to "RE: Woe is AIX"
butters Member since:
2005-07-08

they would probably prefer AIX on pSeries not to be consolidated onto mainframes.


IBM would never turn down a chance to move a customer from X/I/P up to Z. System Z is their highest margin platform, and once customers go Z, they're almost certain to remain loyal customers for the long haul.

There has always been some degree of cannibalism at IBM between sales teams for the various platform, less today than there has been in the past, but once a customer implies any interest in Z, that becomes the pitch.

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RE[3]: Woe is AIX
by nick on Fri 30th Nov 2007 08:39 in reply to "RE[2]: Woe is AIX"
nick Member since:
2006-04-17

I don't believe IBM would want to move a customer from pSeries to zSeries unless it was also consolidating solutions from other vendors onto that hardware as well.

If you think otherwise, then why don't they make it easier?

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RE[2]: Woe is AIX
by John Bayko on Fri 30th Nov 2007 16:23 in reply to "RE: Woe is AIX"
John Bayko Member since:
2006-10-20

"[...] they would probably prefer AIX on pSeries not to be consolidated onto mainframes."

The next generation of mainframes are going to be based on POWER6, with emulation (similar to the AS/400 - RS/6000 merge). This will give them one hardware platform to support, with AIX for free.

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RE[3]: Woe is AIX
by foobar on Fri 30th Nov 2007 21:06 in reply to "RE[2]: Woe is AIX"
foobar Member since:
2006-02-07

"The next generation of mainframes are going to be based on POWER6, with emulation (similar to the AS/400 - RS/6000 merge). This will give them one hardware platform to support, with AIX for free."

This is completely wrong. The eclipz project yielded 2 processors.

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