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[infowar.de] 19.08.02: IBM AIX 5L UNIX Becomes First Operating System To Obtain Crucial Government Certification
Monday August 19, 9:00 am ET
SOURCE: IBM Corporation
IBM AIX 5L UNIX Becomes First Operating System To Obtain Crucial Government
Boeing To Implement Powerful IBM eServer Systems With AIX For Major
Department Of Defense Contract
ARMONK, NY--(INTERNET WIRE)--Aug 19, 2002 -- IBM today announced that AIX
5L(tm) is the first UNIX(R) operating system to achieve certification on a
crucial platform used by the nation's Department of Defense (DoD). This
certification was critical in winning a contract for the DoD's Ground-based
Midcourse Defense (GMD) program with Boeing as the prime contractor.
Boeing selected IBM to provide p690 systems running AIX(R) and eServer
workstations. IBM has placed 66 eServer p690 systems into the Missile
Defense program. Twenty of the p690s will be used by Boeing to run
sophisticated test and simulations. The balance of the systems will be
deployed by TRW for Battle Management Command and Control.
The Department of Defense requires that operating systems used for Command
and Control be certified to run its Common Operating Environment (COE). The
COE is a user interface, which operates using the same commands regardless
of what operating system is running on the server. Having a common look and
feel saves the DoD millions of dollars in training costs, since users do
not have to learn multiple operating systems. AIX is the first OS to be
certified on COE Version 4.
In order to meet the Government's strict requirements for certification,
IBM was required to review and port approximately 875,000 lines of code and
compile 1,500 pages of supporting documentation. The Government then tested
its software on AIX using 29 thorough validation procedures.
"The compliance certification demonstrates our ongoing commitment to the
Government sector and opens up a great market opportunity in the Department
of Defense," said Anne Altman, IBM Managing Director for US Federal, "Being
selected by Boeing for the Ground-based Midcourse Defense program
highlights the power and reliability the eServer p690 and AIX."
"The Common Operating Environment is a key piece of software enabling
better communication within the Department of Defense," said Fritz Schultz,
Defense Information System Agency (DISA) KPC Program. "We are very pleased
to have AIX certified on COE."
About COE and the Kernel Compliance Program
The COE is designed to provide common information technology architecture
to promote interoperability and to establish cross-platform capabilities
for the increasingly diverse Department of Defense (DoD) operations.
The Kernel Compliance Program allows the Defense Information System Agency
(DISA) to validate a vendor's certification of a specific hardware/software
platform against DISA criteria for Kernel Platform compliance. These
criteria include compliance with industry standards, commercial testing,
and satisfaction of DISA interoperability security, and functional
About IBM eServer pSeries and AIX 5L
IBM eServer pSeries(tm) systems provide higher level of availability,
scalability and performance to power the most demanding commercial and
technical applications. The eServer pSeries line includes systems ranging
from compact towers, which provide powerful entries into the world of
e-business, to enterprise servers, which are well suited for large-scale,
IBM eServer pSeries servers run AIX 5L, the industry's most open UNIX
operating environment. AIX provides higher levels of integration,
flexibility and reliability essential for meeting the high demands of
today's e-business applications. The operating system is fully integrated
to support existing 32- and 64-bit hardware systems in their full range of
scalability, with key Internet technologies such as Java included as part
of the base operating system. For more information visit,
The IBM eServer brand consists of the established IBM e-business logo with
the following descriptive term "server'' following it. IBM, the e-business
logo, AIX, AIX 5L, and pSeries are trademarks of IBM Corporation in the
United States and/or other countries.
UNIX is a registered trademark in the United States and other countries
licensed exclusively through The Open Group.
All other company, product and service names are trademarks or registered
trademarks of their respective companies.
(C) 2002 International Business Machines Corporation, all rights reserved.
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