Skytap Cloud is the first and only cloud solution that enables IT to rapidly migrate, develop, and deploy AIX workloads running on Power Systems and Linux, Windows, and Solaris running on x86 architecture in standalone or blended, self-service environments.
Hosting providers offer simple instances of AIX. Skytap Cloud extends the benefits of cloud infrastructure, including scalability, elasticity, and self-service to AIX workloads. Skytap Cloud also offers a path to modernization for AIX applications, including a platform that facilitates agile development, DevOps, and CI/CD as well as containers and multi-cloud connections.
Skytap Cloud operates seven global datacenters throughout North America, Europe, Asia, and Australia. Skytap Cloud also partners with IBM to make any IBM Cloud datacenter available to Skytap Cloud customers. Support for AIX will be available in all Skytap Cloud regions.
Skytap Cloud is committed to enabling customers to understand and utilize the controls in place to maintain security and adhere to regulations. Skytap Cloud understands that each customer has unique business requirements and regulations, and Skytap works closely with each customer to ensure they are compliant. For more information about audits, reporting, security, and regulatory compliance, please contact your Skytap account executive.
Skytap Cloud will provide a script that enables customers to export AIX LPARs from their current environments. Customers can then import AIX LPARs directly into Skytap Cloud and then create environments and environment templates using these workloads.
The amount of time it takes customers to move AIX applications into Skytap Cloud environments depends upon the size of the customer’s AIX instance. This process can be completed in a self-service fashion leveraging the Skytap Cloud VM Import process.
There is no separate license fee; AIX licensing is bundled into the cost of a customer’s AIX instance. Skytap Cloud customers are required to license any software they choose to run within their own AIX instance.
AIX and blended environments are created using the same processes as traditional x86 environments in Skytap Cloud. Users can create environments from a public library of Skytap Cloud templates or upload their own VMs and LPARs into an environment. Environments can have as many VMs, LPARs, and networks as needed. For a step by step guide to environment creation, please visit Skytap’s help and documentation.
Yes. Skytap Cloud enables end users to create, clone, provision, and share their own AIX and blended environments. Using Skytap Cloud’s proprietary cloning technology, users can create new environments from a template library or clone an environment running in any state in just two clicks and a matter of seconds.
Skytap Cloud enables end users to self-provision AIX (and other) environments in just two clicks and a matter of seconds. Users can also clone environments and share them with other users via a simple URL. When users no longer need an environment, they can simply delete it or save it as a template for future use.
Yes. Some PowerVM features are not supported in Skytap Cloud, including:
● Customizable CloudInit
● LPAR Affinity
● Processor Compatibility: Skytap AIX On-Demand instances will not run in native mode
(POWER8) and will not support setting processor compatibility to lower releases
(POWER6, POWER6+, or POWER7).
● Hyper-threading Configuration
● NUMA Configuration
● Guaranteed IOPS
● Active Memory Expansion
● Active Memory Sharing
● Active Memory Deduplication
● Dynamic Addition of Resources: CPUs, Memory, etc.
Yes. Some Skytap Cloud features are not supported by POWER/AIX VMs, including:
● Suspend of VMs and Environments: This is dependent on the PowerVM system.
● Container Host and Containers: Docker is not supported on AIX.
● VM Agent: Docker is not supported on AIX.
● Smart RDP: Access will be supported by SmartClient, SSH, or Telnet.
● Networking Promiscuous Mode
● Copy to Region: As Skytap Cloud adds support for AIX, Copy to Region will be enabled for customers.
Skytap Cloud administrators can set usage limits for AIX environment consumption at the user, department, and account level. For a complete guide on monitoring and administering Skytap Cloud usage, please view the Administrator guide on Skytap Cloud’s help and documentation.
Very little. For current Skytap Cloud customers, there is no difference between managing AIX VMs using Skytap Cloud and managing x86 VMs. New customers will find Skytap Cloud’s management interface intuitive and easy to use.