IBM's AIX wins DII COE certification

IBM's AIX wins DII COE certification

IBM Corp.'s current proprietary version of the Unix operating system, AIX 5L, has received certification for the Defense Information Infrastructure's Common Operating Environment.

AIX 5L is the first platform to be certified under Version 4 of DII COE's Kernel Platform Compliance Program, said Greg Lefelar, Unix server sales manager for the IBM federal group.

Although IBM has been selling AIX systems for many years, company officials had believed that Unix standardization was being handled by the open-standards organizations, Lefelar said. Thus, they felt no need to pay a laboratory to obtain the Defense Department certification .

'Too much DOD opportunity slipped through our hands, and so we chose to do something about it,' Lefelar said.

IBM also made a commitment to Boeing Co. and TRW Inc. to acquire DII COE certification so that IBM p690 eServers could be incorporated into the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program, Lefelar said. As part of the program, prime contractor Boeing will deploy 66 eight- to 32-way p690 systems to DOD sites.

To get the certification, AIX 5L Version 5.1 was tested on an IBM 7044-170 workstation, which Lefelar said is part of the same product family as the p690. A list of validated platforms in the DII COE Kernel Platform Compliance Program is online at diicoe.disa.mil/coe/kpc/KPCP_VPL.htm.

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