IBM AIX 7 Open Beta Program
Welcome to the open beta for IBM’s premier UNIX operating system, AIX 7. AIX 7 is binary compatible with previous releases of AIX including AIX 6, 5.3, 5.2 and 5.1. AIX 7 extends the leadership features of AIX to include exciting new capabilities for vertical scalability, virtualization and manageability.
The open beta for AIX 7 is intended to give our clients, independent software vendors and business partners the opportunity to gain early experience with this new release of AIX prior to general availability. This open beta can be run on any Power Systems, IBM System p or eServer pSeries system that is based on POWER4, PPC970, POWER5, POWER6, or POWER7 processors.
Key features of AIX 7 included in this beta:
AIX 5.2 Workload Partitions for AIX 7 - This new enhancement to WPAR technology allows a client to backup an LPAR running AIX V5.2 and restore it into a WPAR running on AIX 7 on POWER7. This capability is designed to allow clients to easily consolidate smaller workloads running on older hardware onto larger, more efficient POWER7 systems. Although this capability is designed specifically for POWER7, it can be tested on older POWER processors during the open beta. Please note that this capability will only work with AIX 5.2
Support for Fibre Channel adapters in a Workload Partition AIX 7 includes support to allow a physical or virtual fibre channel adapter to a WPAR. This allows WPAR to directly own SAN devices including tape devices using the ‘atape” device type. This capability is designed to expand the capabilities of a Workload Partition and simplify management of storage devices.
Domain Support in Role Based Access Control - This enhancement to RBAC allows a security policy to restrict administrative access to a specific set of similar resources, such as a subset of the available network adapters. This allows IT organizations that host services for multiple tenants to restrict administrator access to only the resources associated with a particular tenant. Domains can be used to control access to Volume Groups, Filesystems, files, devices (in /dev)
NIM thin server Network Installation Management (NIM) support for thin servers has been enhanced to support NFSV4 and IPv6. Thin Servers are diskless or dataless AIX instances that boot from a common AIX image via NFS.
Etherchannel enhancements - Support for the 802.3AD Etherchannel has been enhanced to insure that a link is Link Aggregation Control Protocol (LACP) ready before sending data packets.
Product plans referenced in this document may change at any time at IBM’s sole discretion, and are not intended to be a commitment to future product or feature availability. All statements regarding IBM future direction, plans, product names or intent are subject to change or withdrawal without notice and represent goals and objectives only. All information is provided on an as is basis, without any warranty of any kind.
Links for AIX 7.0
IBM AIX 7 Open Beta Program
The following links provide additional valuable resources related to this AIX 7 Open Beta.
AIX 7 On-line Information Center
The official IBM statement on AIX binary compatibility
IBM articles, tutorials, and technical resources for AIX and UNIX users
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