IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - March 2012 - (Page 10)

FYI What’s coming down the line Out With the Old, In With the New As IBM i 5.4 support ends, IBM advises moving to 7.1 now By Shirley S. Savage hanks to technological advances, the lifecycle of every release faces a day when support for it ends and clients are forced to upgrade. Businesses using IBM i 5.4 face such a prospect. IBM announced support will end for IBM i 5.4 in 2013. Clients can choose to upgrade to either IBM i 6.1 or IBM i 7.1. T In discussing the choices with Ian Jarman, manager of Power Systems* category marketing for IBM and Steve Will, chief architect of IBM i, it’s evident that 7.1 has the edge over 6.1 in terms of longer life, flexibility and business capabilities. While choosing 6.1 will give your business a stable, supported operating environment, moving to 7.1 is the smarter choice over the long term and can help access new technologies that propel your business forward. 10 MARCH 2012 IBM Systems Magazine: IBM i 5.4 is nearing the end of support. When will that happen? Ian Jarman: As we introduce new releases, we withdraw support for old ones. This is the natural lifecycle. In the case of 5.4, we’ve already extended the lifecycle and will continue to support it until September 2013. We announced the end-of-support date in February 2012 so customers would have 18 months to plan and execute an upgrade to one of our latest IBM i releases.

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - March 2012

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - March 2012
Table of Contents
Editor's Desk: Want to Get Engaged?
Dashboard: Temporary Moons? - Smart Clothing Untapped Power Source - Why We Unfriend
FYI: As IBM i 5.4 Support Ends, IBM Advises Moving to 7.1 Now
Case Study: A Cool Solution: Behler-Young beats the heat of the disaster recovery with SPHiNX
Cover Story: Flattening the World: Businesses adopt social tools to improve effectiveness and efficiency
Feature: Over-the-Fence Conversations: IBM puts down the megaphone to engage individuals
Next: IBM Researchers Work on New Ways to Combat Life-Threatening Bacteria
Solutions: PASSPORT Host Integration Objects - GammaSoft Executive Suite - Attunity Replicate - LANSA Data Sync Direct Version 6.7 - SPHiNX 8.1 - AIX Health Check - Performance Navigator 15.1 featuring EXPO - Coda Financials -Destination: Control Version 12 - Xcase Modernize-DB V9.1
Advertisers' Index
IBM Perspective: The Wisdom of Crowds
Snapshot: James Horio Discovers the Art of IT
Reference Point - Global events, Education, Resources of Power Systems

IBM Systems Magazine, Power Systems Edition - March 2012