IBM Virtual Machine OS on intel x86 and x64? IBM AIX OS on IBM Virtual Machine?

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Old 01-20-2015
IBM Virtual Machine OS on intel x86 and x64? IBM AIX OS on IBM Virtual Machine?

Hi There,

I have zero information and zero knowledge for IBM virtual machine except Amazon cloud and VMware ESXi (Only Linux OS available).

Anyone could provide me the following answer -
  1. Can IBM VM been deploy on X86 and X64 (Intel Chip)?
  2. If answer is yes any chance to deploy AIX OS on IBM Virtual Machine (running on X86/ X64).

Please advice.

Thank you.


Wang Chen Yung

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# 2  
Old 01-20-2015
Do you mean the wonderful VM that runs on mainframes class servers? I think that will require IBM hardware, probably badged as zSeries.

I started on VM/XA in 1990 eventually migrating to VM/ESA but then we dropped mainframes for unix, specifically AIX first.

AIX will also not run on x86 hardware. It requires IBM pSeries or (less usually) iSeries however all current IBM hardware can be partitioned to share the overall hardware between many running operating systems.

I hope that this helps, but if I've missed the point, please write back.

# 3  
Old 01-20-2015
Here is a short overview which IBM hardware can run which OS:

pSeries (POWER-based Platform, currently P8): AIX (=IBMs UNIX), Linux (SuSe, Ubuntu), iOS (formerly known as AS/400)

zSeries (mainframes): z/OS (replaced MVS, OS/390 and VM), z/Linux

xSeries (=Intel-compatible): Linux and everything else running on Intel-systems.

pSeries systems can use either the IBM hypervisor which runs iOS-, AIX- and Linux-LPARs or (only Power8) the Power-KVM (=Linux' KVM adapted for pSeries) with Linux-Systems as LPARs. Notice, however, that Power-KVM has a slightly smaller throughput than IBMs hypervisor.

zSeries can run z/OS and z/Linux

For xSeries the same as for any Intel-compatible PC applies.

I hope this helps.

# 4  
Old 01-20-2015
Hi Bakunin,

Your information is very sufficient.
I had played @(Xserver) series even IBM OEM for CISCO server before mainly for Intel Chips before.

By the way not sure IBM Virtual Machine could be load on normal Intel Chip (Desktop and Notebook) than install IBM AIX OS as guest server - most probably answer should be no.

Thank you,


Wang Chen Yung
# 5  
Old 01-21-2015
Originally Posted by chenyung
IBM Virtual Machine could be load on normal Intel Chip (Desktop and Notebook) than install IBM AIX OS as guest server - most probably answer should be no.
I do not know what you mean by "IBM Virtual Machine" - this is no software product i know. AIX only runs on pSeries hardware, therefore - whatever IBM Virtual Machine might be - the answer is indeed no.

I hope this helps.

# 6  
Old 01-21-2015

As mention before had zero knowledge and zero information anyway had done researched for pseries.

Thank you.


Wang Chen Yung
# 7  
Old 01-22-2015
IBM VM is a wonderful operating system, both as a hypervisor (creating guest environments) or as an operational environment. We had both. VM/ESA on the machine, then an operational VM/XA for business users and MVS/ESA sharing the same physical mainframe. We switched it off in the early hours of 1/1/2000, although it still worked just fine.

There are lots of links easy to find about it:- Let me google that for you

Kind regards (and with fond memories)

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