Poll results: A simple poll about your use of AIX and Power

I want to thank all the participants of my survey on the levels of AIX and Power Systems used by your company.

It was my first attempt to use Polldaddy and the survey questions had some rough edges due to my clumsiness.  Despite this, I received responses from Austria, Australia, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Finland, Lebanon, the Netherlands, Slovakia, Spain, Switzerland, Turkey, the United Kingdom and the United States.

While this wasn’t a very scientific survey (especially since only the most forward thinking AIX people read my tweets and blog Big grin smiley face), it did provide some useful data about the levels of AIX and Power Systems servers that you are using today and in the future.

For the first question – What AIX release are you predominantly using today? Most of you said you were still predominantly using AIX 6. It’s good that most of you are actively planning to move to AIX 7.


The next question – Which AIX release do you expect to be using in 12 months? Most of you said that you expect to convert to AIX 7. Good news!


For the third question, I was trying to get a better idea of the generation of Power Systems servers that are primarily used by your company. Based on the results I would say that most of you have migrated to POWER7.


My fourth question was intended to reveal all generations of servers were in use at your company. Unfortunately I worded the question badly and I do not think the results were valid or worth sharing.

My final question was about the role of the people participating in the survey. I was happy to see that clients filled out most of the surveys.


Overall, this first survey was a learning experience for me and I hope to do a better job of composing the questions in future surveys.

However, the results are encouraging for me since most of you appear to be adopting AIX 7 and POWER7 quite strongly.

Thanks again for participating in the survey. Feel free to comment via the “Reply” box at the bottom if there are other surveys you think would be interesting.

Thanks again,



About Jay Kruemcke

Jay has had more than twenty years of experience in the information technology industry. Starting from a rather humble beginning at IBM, Jay became a mainframe systems support programmer. Eventually Jay joined the AIX operating systems development team early in that product's development. Jay leveraged technical skills that he built in systems management to establish himself as a member of the IBM Austin Executive Briefing Center. His expertise in systems management with the SAP ERP system enabled his first product management role, as the owner of the Tivoli management product for SAP. Over the next three years he established that product as a success with the help of a strong development team. Jay returned to AIX in a product management position initially focusing on managing new requirements for the AIX operating system. Jay established himself as a subject manager expert in AIX and Power Systems virtualization and became a frequent guest at conferences around the world. Jay succumbed to the dark side and spent four years in IBM marketing in which he introduced AIX version 6 and AIX version 7 and many product innovations including the first every open beta program for an AIX release and a significant restructuring of the AIX offering structure and prices. Jay was part of the cloud software development organization and and focused on managing development engagements for clients deploying clouds using Power Systems servers with PowerVC and related products. In March of 2016, Jay retired from IBM and started in a new role as a product manager for SUSE, the Open Software company. Jay new focus is on enterprise Linux for POWER and ARM processor based systems. The postings on this site solely reflect the personal views of the author and do not necessarily represent the views, positions, strategies or opinions of my employer. Follow me on twitter @mr_sles, @cloudrancher and @chromeaix.
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