San Francisco, CA – November
10, 2004 – The Open Group announced today that
IBM is the first vendor to be awarded a certificate of conformance
for UNIX 03 certified systems, marking IBM’s continued
commitment to the UNIX® platform. IBM’s AIX™
operating system is now certified to UNIX 03 - the latest
UNIX® system profile developed by The Open Group's Platform
Forum, supporting Version 3 of the Single UNIX® Specification.
UNIX 03 builds upon the work of the Austin Group, the joint
collaboration of The Open Group, IEEE and ISO that develops
the joint IEEE 1003.1 POSIX® standard and The Open Group
Base Specifications Issue 6.
“Conformance to standards is critical for enabling secure
and reliable access to integrated information across systems,
wherever and whenever it is needed,” noted Allen Brown,
President and CEO of The Open Group. “IBM has clearly
demonstrated the commitment to their customers by achieving
the UNIX 03 certification and providing assurance of additional
standardization that will help user organizations continue
to protect the vast investments they have made in existing
"IBM has been a key supporter of the industry initiative
to develop the Single UNIX® Specification and its associated
test developments," noted Andrew Josey, Director Certification
of The Open Group.
“This important certification provides real validation
of IBM's commitment to open standards and underscores our
strategic, long-term commitment to AIX as our platform for
innovation,” said Karl Freund, Vice President of pSeries
Marketing, IBM. “IBM clients across the globe rely on
AIX to run mission critical applications with outstanding
performance, scalability and reliability. We believe industry
standards can play a pivotal role in allowing clients to integrate
data and business processes, helping them to become true on
Benefits for Application Developers
- Guaranteed consistency of services and behavior amongst
UNIX® operating system implementations.
- Improved portability
- Backward compatibility.
- Faster development through the increased number of standard
- More innovation is possible, due to the reduced time
spent porting applications
Benefits for Users
- An evolutionary approach that protects investment
in existing systems, data and applications.
AIX combines mainframe-inspired scalability, reliability and
manageability with open UNIX® platform features, across
a sweeping spectrum of IBM eServer systems including IBM eServer
pSeries, iSeries and BladeCenter. The AIX platform is critical
for e-business, business intelligence, enterprise resource
planning and other essential business applications. AIX is
the product of decades-long innovation by IBM researchers
and engineers. It is rigorously tested and inspected by government
authorities and independent auditing organizations and has
earned several certifications documenting its adherence to
the industry’s toughest security standards.
Building on the success of UNIX 95 and UNIX 98, UNIX 03 is
the latest result of the collaboration between vendors and
users to further enhance the industry standard definition
of the UNIX® operating system. UNIX 03 is the mark
for systems conforming to Version 3 of the Single UNIX®
Specification, at the core of which is the collaborative work
of the Austin Group.
The Single UNIX® Specification is a set of open, consensus
specifications that define the requirements for a conformant
UNIX® system. The standardized programming environment
provides a broad-based functional set of interfaces to support
the porting of existing UNIX® applications and the development
of new applications. The environment also supports a rich
set of tools for application development.
The Open Group is a vendor-neutral and technology-neutral
consortium, whose vision of Boundaryless Information Flow™
will enable access to integrated information within and between
enterprises based on open standards and global interoperability.
The Open Group works with customers, suppliers, consortia
and other standard bodies. Its role is to capture, understand
and address current and emerging requirements, establish policies
and share best practices; to facilitate interoperability,
develop consensus, and evolve and integrate specifications
and open source technologies; to offer a comprehensive set
of services to enhance the operational efficiency of consortia;
and to operate the industry’s premier certification
service, including UNIX ® System certification.
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