After joining IBM’s OpenBeta program, we have been able to download and test the new version of AIX 7.3 that comes on its 30th anniversary.[artículo en desarrollo]
Among its novelties, the following stand out:
- Python and Bash frameworks that work directly with AIX, we won’t have to reinstall them manually!
- Support for the dnf command (standard in Red Hat) for installing open source packages from the AIX Toolbox. AIX has been speaking Linux for a long time, but since version 7.3 it is becoming more and more integrated, providing developers and system administrators with all the features needed to modernize UNIX environments.
- Reduced time to dynamically add processors/memory to a running LPAR, helpful for LPARs with databases using hundreds of GB or several TB of RAM. This is coupled with the reduction of IPL times for this type of partitioning.
- pigz and zlibNX commands now transparently use NX GZIP acceleration in Power9 and Power10
- Enhanced support for logical volume (LVM) encryption to include rootvg and dump device.
- The TCP protocol stack now supports CUBIC, a TCP network congestion avoidance algorithm that can get high-bandwidth connections across networks faster and more reliably.
- Additional IP security enhancements (IPsec)
- Possibility to create an OVA file from an mksysb using the create_ova command in order to speed up cloud (PowerVS) and hybrid deployments.
- Creating an ISO image from the new command mksysb_iso
- Integration with the new IBM Open XL C/C++ and Fortran compilers
- Increased file size and file system size
- Improved Ansible and Ansible Tower support
- PowerVC 2.X Integration
Let’s try it!