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By laurie_graham ·
I am running both Sun Solaris and IBM AIX in my shop. I have been asked to possibly select one or the other, or come up with reasons why we should keep both.

Has anyone done this comparison, and if yes, any suggestions?

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by RealGem In reply to SUN vs AIX

Well, I haven't done the comparison myself, but I know people who have.

Essentially, it came down to the fact that while the IBM products were more expensive, they were much more powerful on an individual basis.

The Sun boxes were less expensive, and less powerful.

As always, weigh the alternatives against what you need. If you need a small number of very powerful machines, it has been recommended to me to choose IBM. If power isn't the most important thing, but you need more servers, Sun was recommended.

Now, I expect that both vendors make high- and low-end servers, but I don't know where their respective capabilities fall. I'm only passing along what I was told.

Whatever you do, don't make this a "religeous" issue. Don't go with Sun because someone you know doesn't like IBM. And vice versa.

Figure out what you need first. This is critical, because you are being asked to make a recommendation and you need to be able to show that you've done your research and know what you're talking about.

I can't see why you would need both. The cost of maintaining two flavors will probably outweigh any benefits.

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by McKayTech In reply to SUN vs AIX

I've done these sort of comparisons but the final decision almost always comes down to the application level. For example, in one of my current situations, the agency depends heavily on a proprietary imaging/document management system that runs on Solaris. Regardless of my feelings about the relative merits of other Unix flavors, the vendor only supports the application on Sun. Hence, no debate.

Many times I am faced with customers who want to determine the platform first and then the application. I, on the other hand, am absolutely dogmatic about determining the application and then choosing the appropriate platform on which to host it.

If the applications you run are agnostic about the platform they run on, I would make the decision on pricing and support experience. If not, I would continue to run both for as long as the application vendors only support one or the other.

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