In the next few years, all IBM servers like the AS400, iSeries, and System i will have all of their hardware withdrawn. This mainly includes the 9406-520, 9406-525, 9407-515 as well as the 9408-M25. This means that by 2019 or 2020, these servers are not available for use anymore. When this happens, all of your hardware support will be compromised.
Three years may seem like a long time. Many people would say that more can happen within the span of time. Just to be safe, it will not be a bad thing to start looking for solutions before the inevitable happens. This possibility has a great chance of becoming a reality. Be prepared before this happens.
Formulating A Plan
So what are the chances that this possibility will be for real? No one really knows. But with this going on, start searching for your options so you can develop your contingency plan. You can also provide written or email recommendations to your management so that they know in their end what to expect.
Should You Make The Changes?
If in any case that your new system will not be capable of supporting your key subsystems, or if you need to access the history, you should still be able to have access to the IBM i legacy applications even after a couple of years. When this is your possible problems, then consider the change and move to the new systems.
Do not wait for the iSeries version upgrade to happen when the servers are starting to withdraw their hardware support. Remember that with the change to the new systems, it can take about 7 years for your system to be back up and running. Instead of delaying and affecting your business, do the change as early as today. There’s no harm in trying.
The Solutions Available for the “End-of-Life” IBM Servers
There are a couple of solutions made available for you. Think about the options and see which one would be perfect for your old systems. This will all depend on your needs and your preference. If you have IBM i servers right now, here are your options:
- Keep Your Old System. There is a possibility that your system will be down for weeks or even months. Once the system is up, you will have limited access to your history.
- Upgrade To A New Power Server. When you have a new server, the return on investment will be three years depending on your current hardware and its software support. This is the best option so far.
- Using Cloud Hosting. For immediate system needs, this is the easiest option. For a couple of months, this will let you host and you can terminate the service after 2 or 3 years.
The Change To The New System – How Long Will It Take?
Before deciding to take up the challenge of changing into the new systems, be aware that it can take 6 to 18 months before your system will be back up and running. The research and the proposal process will take 3 to 6 months, while the budget approval will take about 3 to 18 months. Finally, the selection would be about 3 to 6 months. It takes time but this will be the best solution for your company.