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IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History



Document Author:
Additional Author(s):

Don Clarke
Francois Lord


Document ID:

TD105503


Doc. Organization:

Techline Americas


Document Revised:

09/26/2016


Product(s) covered:

# 2064; # 2066; # 2084; # 2086; # 2094; # 2096; # 2097; # 2098; PureData System for Transactions; # 2817; # 2818; # 2827; # 2828; # 9672; IBM eServer zSeries; IBM System z; IBM z Systems; S/390; z Systems; z9-109; z9 BC; z9 EC; z10; z10 BC; z10 EC; z114; z13; z13s; z196; zEC12; zEnterprise; zEnterprise 196; zEnterprise EC12; zSeries 800; zSeries 890; zSeries 900; zSeries 990; zSeries







Abstract: IBM z Systems mainframe hardware product marketing and service life cycle history since 1994.


Each family of the IBM z Systems mainframe hardware products have followed a similar life cycle pattern: product announcement, general availability, marketing withdrawal, and service discontinuance. Historically each mainframe generation has had a long life from general availability to service discontinuance, averaging over 11 years. In addition, family-to-family upgrade paths have also provided investment protection and extension of the asset life time.

This document provides a graphic summary and details of the mainframe product life cycle since the introduction of CMOS technology in 1994.

Last revision: September 23rd, 2016 - added z9 EC End of Service (EOS); minor format changes.

IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V1.9 - Sept 23 2016.pptxIBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V1.9 - Sept 23 2016.pptx
IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V1.9 - Sept 23 2016.pdfIBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V1.9 - Sept 23 2016.pdf



Classification:

Hardware

Category:

Planning and Design




Platform(s):

IBM System z Family



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Keywords:

Marketing, Service, Withdrawal, Discontinuance, Life Cycle, Supported

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