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Much has Changed, but Not Everything

July 18, 2017

This blog came to life 10 years ago this week, on July 16, 2007. When I started writing AIXchange, my sons were 8 and 4. Now my oldest is a high school graduate and my youngest is a freshman. Time marches on.

When I started, I was writing about POWER5 and AIX 5.3. HMC Version 7, Live Partition Mobility, WPARs and virtual optical devices were all new solutions/technologies. Within months, I'd turned my attention to AIX 6.1, and then to POWER6.

Now we're running AIX 7.2 and we await the arrival of POWER9. More of us are running Linux workloads on Power hardware. There is more talk about cloud, cognitive, AI, Blockchain, PowerVC, Live Kernel Patching, flash cache and flash storage.

Some things change. Some don't.

IBM i is still going strong despite the naysayers talking about the end of legacy hardware and legacy applications. And AIX? Sure, some workloads are migrating away from AIX, but AIX on Power is still an engine that runs core businesses. On premises solutions remain relevant in today’s world.

As I wrote here, I still love AIX as an enterprise operating system. Even as I do more with Linux, I appreciate the simplicity and goodness of AIX.

I still love attending conferences and meeting readers. I love engaging with people on Twitter and finding links to new information and technology.

I am sure that part of the reason I have been named an IBM Champion is due to this blog.

There is always something to learn, and hopefully I'll continue to be able to share information for at least another 10 years. So maybe I'll get to talk about POWER11 or POWER12, or AIX 10. I don't know what will happen, but I look forward to seeing what the future holds for me and this industry.

Thanks for reading.

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