If your shop is at V5R4, then hopefully it comes as no surprise to you that regular software maintenance (SWMA) for V5R4 ends September 30 of this year. Lest you find yourself thinking, “But we need more time - why doesn’t IBM extend that deadline?” please note that this IS the extended deadline. V5R4 has been supported years longer than earlier releases for various reasons.
If you really can’t move to 6.1 (or 7.1) by September and must still have support, IBM announced last week the ability to purchase service extension for up to three years. Your support cost will be increased and over regular software maintenance. Hopefully this will help to serve as an incentive to move to a currently supported release (at last!). If you want more details about the extended support, take a look at the IBM announcement. Another document with some additional details is here, along with details for the service extension support for V5R3.
“V5R3?!?” we hear some of you saying. There are many reasons/excuses for not moving beyond V5R4 as we have explored before but surely anyone could have moved to at least V5R4 by now, right? Apparently not.
As a matter of fact, we recently talked with an ISV who has customers whose systems are still at V3R7! Not many fortunately, and the ISV’s software is not supported at that release. But they do know of a much larger number of customers who are at various release levels between V4R2 and V5R3.
Now, as surprised as we were to find evidence of V3R7, we’re sure this isn’t a record. We’re confident that some of our followers probably know of (perhaps even work at) shops earlier than V3R7. So there’s your challenge: In the comments below, let us know of the earliest active version of OS/400 (it was stilled called that in those earlier releases) that you know about.