Solved

Getting a new corporate production machine.. Need best Unix flavor and hardware.. Advise pls!!

Posted on 2006-11-30
8
519 Views
Last Modified: 2013-12-06
Our production server right now is an IBM R6000 with Unix AIX 4.3.3. Currently it runs a call center of about 30 people connected to it via dummy terminals and also hosts 2 heavy hitter websites. The call center uses a software program that uses files as it's database. For the web I'm using Virtualhosts on APache of course. The problem is that the AIX is so freaking old (8 years old) and is starting to act funny and won't integrate with new technologies. The dang thing won't even compile new installations properly and won't take any new versions of GCC. It's just a pain. Things to note is that it is a file server, so a bunch of Windows workstations connect to it bia samba. Also everyone always telnets into the Unix box to access the software. What's the best Unix for something like this?? I always hear about RedHat for the corporate world, but it seems like overkill, I certainly don't want a resource hog like GUIs and unneccessary programs. Just need a stripped down powerful Unix OS. So to summarize, my main needs are:

1.) File server
2.) Web server
3.) Application server

Any suggestions are greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance for all the help.
0
Comment
Question by:bemara57
8 Comments
 
LVL 48

Accepted Solution

by:
Tintin earned 100 total points
ID: 18048678
None of the Linux distributions require a GUI to run/manage, so you could certainly go down the Linux path. (I'm assuming you're after something free/cheap?)

Another good alternative is Solaris.
0
 
LVL 1

Assisted Solution

by:pncorp
pncorp earned 100 total points
ID: 18055818
I was just on AIX 4.3.3 and we ordered a new IBM Pseries with AIX 5.3 and it works great for us.
0
 
LVL 6

Assisted Solution

by:bira
bira earned 100 total points
ID: 18057111
I migrated from risc AIX 4.3.3 to Intel linux SuSe 9 and had no problems. that is free and works very well
0
Better Security Awareness With Threat Intelligence

See how one of the leading financial services organizations uses Recorded Future as part of a holistic threat intelligence program to promote security awareness and proactively and efficiently identify threats.

 
LVL 15

Assisted Solution

by:mr_egyptian
mr_egyptian earned 100 total points
ID: 18059132

FreeBSD
http://www.freebsd.org

In some areas FreeBSD may seem to be a bit behind many linux distros in areas suc as hot off the presses hardware suppert et al, but if you're in a production environment where your primary concerns are stability and security this would be my choice.  If you HAVE to run linux binaries, you can and the documentation/community is great.   OpenBSD is arguably more secure 'out of the box', so for a firewall/ids it may be a better choice.

And the ports collection rocks.
0
 
LVL 15

Expert Comment

by:mr_egyptian
ID: 18059135
Sorry about the spelling. It's late.
0
 
LVL 14

Assisted Solution

by:chris_calabrese
chris_calabrese earned 100 total points
ID: 18069264
I'd say the answer depends more than anything else on the call-center software you have already. Is it in-house developed or third party? If third party, what other OS platforms does it support? If in-house, is there anyone who knows it well enough to move it over to another OS platform?

AIX 5.x on p-Series is a good choice if you need to stick with AIX.

Linux on Intel could also be a good choice especially if you want to stick with getting support from IBM (they do have excellent hardware support).

Solaris is a good choice if you have a lot of existing Solaris expertise.
0

Featured Post

How to run any project with ease

Manage projects of all sizes how you want. Great for personal to-do lists, project milestones, team priorities and launch plans.
- Combine task lists, docs, spreadsheets, and chat in one
- View and edit from mobile/offline
- Cut down on emails

Join & Write a Comment

Let's say you need to move the data of a file system from one partition to another. This generally involves dismounting the file system, backing it up to tapes, and restoring it to a new partition. You may also copy the file system from one place to…
Java performance on Solaris - Managing CPUs There are various resource controls in operating system which directly/indirectly influence the performance of application. one of the most important resource controls is "CPU".   In a multithreaded…
Learn several ways to interact with files and get file information from the bash shell. ls lists the contents of a directory: Using the -a flag displays hidden files: Using the -l flag formats the output in a long list: The file command gives us mor…
This video shows how to set up a shell script to accept a positional parameter when called, pass that to a SQL script, accept the output from the statement back and then manipulate it in the Shell.

747 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question

Need Help in Real-Time?

Connect with top rated Experts

11 Experts available now in Live!

Get 1:1 Help Now