Time is running out for IBM i shops with hardware support contracts for Power7 and Power7+ servers, which officially reach end of life (EOL) a week from today. For organizations that aren’t ready to migrate to newer Power8 or Power9 machines, there are third-party maintenance options that will let them keep running Power7 machines without abandoning the safety net.
The September 30 EOL for Power7 hardware support not come as a surprise, as IBM has been talking about the event for two years. Big Blue has given its Power Systems customers plenty of time to upgrade from older systems, including Power6 machines, which went EOL on March 31 2019, as well as Power7, which goes EOL in just seven days. Power6 debuted more than 12 years ago, while Power7 and Power7+ have been around since 2010 and 2012, respectively.