Making the Move From AIX/POWER to Solaris/SPARC
By Larry Wake -Oracle on Mar 04, 2014
Last month was the fourth anniversary of Sun becoming part of Oracle, and it’s been four years marked by a crazy pace of development. Our Santa Clara campus is packed to the brim with our systems hardware and software teams, and they've been busy:
Oracle Solaris 11 and 11.1 have built on the rock-solid reputation of Solaris as the heart of enterprise computing, and introduced unique and innovative cloud technologies, and the SPARC team has been nothing short of amazing, moving through several generations of processors in a very short period of time.
The end result is fantastic engineered systems such as the Oracle SuperCluster M6-32, or if you're looking for something more on the building-block side, the SPARC T5-2. Not to mention our storage offerings, where Oracle Solaris sits at the heart of the Oracle ZFS Storage Appliance.
And where things have really sped up: our ability to work every day to design and execute solutions hand in hand with the Oracle database, middleware and applications teams.
Needless to say, we don’t have any plans to stop.
At the same time... we can’t help but notice what’s going on over at IBM. A lot of stuff seems to be going up on the auction block. And we're not sure if they have any plans to stop that, either.
So, this seems like a good time to note some of the things we’re doing to make it as easy as possible to transition from the AIX/POWER world to the Solaris/SPARC world. First off, we have a white paper:
There's a web site with even more resources:
That's where you'll find information on why making the move to Oracle Solaris / SPARC systems is such a good idea, see what the business and performance advantages are, learn how to plan your move and find out how Oracle can help. The bottom line: if you're going to run Oracle workloads -- or any other mission-critical workloads, you should run them on Oracle.
Oracle Technology Network also has a great AIX-to-Oracle Solaris resource page.
And on the Oracle Learning Library, there's training information on migrating from IBM AIX-based servers.
If you want a bit more color commentary, Giri Mandalinka has an interesting take on this (provocatively titled "AIX Customers: Run for the Hills"). On the Oracle Hardware blog, Kelvin talks about how to "Migrate from AIX to Oracle Solaris in 4 Easy Steps". And over at the OTN Garage, Rick Ramsey has a "just smell those hydrocarbons" pic of a '68 Dodge Charger heading up a list of "Oracle Solaris 11 Resources for the AIX Sysadmin" .