August 2017



AIO: The Fast Path to Great Performance

Most AIX administrators are familiar with the concept of asynchronous input and output (AIO). AIO is coded into many operating systems, including most UNIX and Windows versions. You don't hear much about AIO, I guess because it's been around for so long it's somewhat taken for granted. It lacks the appeal of a flashy GUI, blazing response times or massive amounts of memory. Rest assured though, without AIO, our world would be a much slower place.

AIO is an essential performance feature of AIX; it’s been incorporated into the operating system for decades and is one of the first tunables newbie administrators learn to adjust. But to really see how AIO works in AIX and why it's so important, we need to understand some concepts and terminology.

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Issue 23



IBM z14 Features Improved Security, Insights and a Connected Ecosystem

We live in a digital economy where everything is accessible to us any time. Digital device accessibility and ease of use have increased our expectations for how we live our lives. Mobile use worldwide is skyrocketing. In the U.S. alone, Pew Research estimates that 77 percent of Americans now own a smartphone (pewinternet.org/fact-sheet/mobile). Access to the internet is at consumers’ fingertips. As a result, they expect to be able to provide instant feedback. As the power shifts away from corporations to the hands of the individual, organizations that fail to respond to consumers will be left behind.

As mobile use is expected to continue to rise, consumers will need to trust the platform and systems that underpin next-generation transactions. Lack of trust can be a barrier in the digital economy, something that can keep organizations from moving forward and individuals from participating.

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A banana tree is not a tree, it is a herb.