IBM i End of Support

Be sure to monitor the following dates carefully. The End of support date for each software release is typically announced either with the initial release announcement or one year prior to becoming effective. By keeping track of these dates and planning accordingly, you can ensure that your systems remain stable, secure, and reliable, and avoid any unnecessary downtime or disruptions to your business operations.


What is the difference between AS400 and iSeries?

The AS/400 and iSeries are legacy hardware servers that were developed by IBM, while IBM i is the operating system that runs on modern IBM Power Systems.

The AS/400 was the original hardware platform that was introduced in 1988, and the iSeries was the successor that was released in the early 2000s.

However, despite the introduction of new hardware platforms and the evolution of the IBM i operating system, many users still refer to the technology by its original names. To clarify, the AS/400 and iSeries are older hardware platforms, while IBM i is the current operating system that runs on modern IBM Power Systems.

IBM i 7.3 End of Support

Announced on April 12, 2016, IBM i 7.3 will reach end of life on April 28, 2023. However, its End of support date has been extended to September 30, 2026. Starting October 1, 2023, a Service Extension Offering for IBM i 7.3 will be available, with specific details and coverage available in the Service Extension for IBM i 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1 documentation.

IBM i 7.2 End of Support

Initially released on April 28, 2014, and reaching end of life on September 10, 2019, IBM i 7.2’s support has been extended to April 30, 2024. A Service Extension Offering for this version commenced on May 1, 2021. Users can refer to the Service Extension for IBM i 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1 for detailed support coverage.

IBM i 7.1 End of Support

Launched on April 13, 2010, IBM i 7.1 saw its product lifecycle end on April 11, 2017, with official support concluding on April 30, 2018. However, an extended Service Extension began on May 1, 2021. The duration of this extension varies depending on the Power hardware generation and covers usage and known defect support, with some exceptions. For comprehensive details on this extended support, users should consult the Service Extension for IBM i 7.3, 7.2, and 7.1.

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IBM i Lifecycle

Release VersionAnnouncementEnd of LifeEnd of Support
R7.5 SSP2/20/19962/9/19995/31/2000

IBM i Upgrade Path

The following table provides information on supported releases and subsequent upgrades to newer releases. A dash (-) in the column indicates a direct upgrade to the specified release is not available.

ReleaseUpgrade to IBM i 7.1Upgrade to IBM i 7.2Upgrade to IBM i 7.3Upgrade to IBM i 7.4Upgrade to IBM i 7.5
IBM i 6.1XX--
IBM i 7.1-XX-
IBM i 7.2--XX
IBM i 7.3---XX
IBM i 7.4X

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