As many of you already know, IBM plans to discontinue Hardware Support for Power 5 Systems as well as any older systems. The date is scheduled for January 31 2019*.
Now is a great time to think about some of the options available to you.
One option is to go with First Option's application Cloud Hosting service. In the long run, you will save money and be able to allocate time to other business critical needs. Most of our customers have been on hosting for over ten years and have never looked back.
In addition First Option can provide programming support, modernization and legacy integration services. All our hosted systems are monitored by IBM i Watchdog by First Option, an IBM i (iSeries) monitoring tool.
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Another option is to obtain 3rd party maintenance. There are a number of companies who offer 3rd party maintenance but there can be an issue with getting parts which could delay your down time.
Or you can buy a new system which is costly and will create a certain amount of upheaval within your organization. Three to seven years later you will be upgrading again. Why not get rid of the hassle and cost, be on a current IBM system with 24/7 monitoring in a SSAE-16 Compliant data center.
* Dates and models
October 31, 2020 820, 830, 840, 250, 270, 525, 570, 595, 800 or 810