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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:

10/10/2017


Product(s) covered:

# 2064; # 2066; # 2084; # 2086; # 2094; # 2096; # 2097; # 2098; PureData System for Transactions; # 2817; # 2818; # 2828; # 9672; IBM eServer zSeries; IBM System z; IBM Z; z9-109; z9 BC; z9 EC; z10; z10 BC; z10 EC; z114; z13; z13s; z14; 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: July 17th, 2017 - added z14, LIC WDFM dates, z9 BC EOS; separate charts for EC-only and BC-only views


IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.0b - July 17, 2017.pdfIBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.0b - July 17, 2017.pdf
IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.0b - July 17, 2017.pptxIBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.0b - July 17, 2017.pptx



Classification:

Hardware

Category:

Planning and Design




Platform(s):

IBM System z Family; IBM Z



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Keywords:

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

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