Frequently Asked Questions
Skytap Cloud for AIX

Offering Overview

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.
Skytap Cloud should be used by enterprises who rely on AIX applications for critical business functions and have struggled to move these workloads into the cloud.

To see real-world examples from enterprises using Skytap Cloud to drive business value for AIX workloads, read the blog.

Typical on-premises AIX workloads include mission-critical applications and systems of record. These applications may include:

● ERP: Traditional SAP with the exception of Hana, which only runs on PowerLinux.

● Database: Oracle, DB2, SAP Adaptive Server Enterprise (Sybase), etc

● Messaging: MQ

● Web: WebSphere

● Big Data and Analytics: Hadoop (PowerLinux only)

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.
IBM Cloud POWER8 bare metal servers are built on IBM OpenPOWER and only support Linux workloads. Skytap Cloud runs on IBM POWER8 scale-out servers.
Skytap Cloud will run POWER8 hardware in its datacenters to support AIX workloads.
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.
Yes. Skytap Cloud will work closely with individual customers to support their need for private regions supporting. To learn more, please contact your account manager or email
Skytap Cloud supports AIX 7.1 TL 4 SP 4, AIX 7.2 TL 1 SP2, and AIX 6.1 TL 9 SP TBD (expected Fall 2017).
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.
Yes. Skytap Cloud supports a specific class of production applications. To discuss the requirements of your AIX application, please contact your Skytap account executive.
No. Skytap Cloud does not support PowerLinux or IBM i on IBM Power Systems at this time.

AIX Migration

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.

To learn more, download our AIX Cloud Migration Guide.

Yes. While any AIX workload can be moved into Skytap Cloud, restrictions exist on total number of processors, total amount of memory, and total amount of storage.
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.

Management and Administration

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.

To learn more about licensing Oracle and AIX in Skytap Cloud, download the white paper.

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. Customers can manage both x86 and POWER/AIX workloads in Skytap Cloud.
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
● 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.

No. Due to a limitation in the PowerVM system, suspend and auto-suspend are not supported by Skytap Cloud.
No. Due to a limitation in the PowerVM system, MAC addresses will not be configurable in Skytap Cloud.
Workload partitions are a feature of AIX. Skytap Cloud customers may configure and manage WPARs running within their AIX environments.
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.

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