Overview

What is the lifecycle policy for IBM Cloud products?

The policy provides guidelines for all IBM Cloud portfolio products (compute, storage, software, bandwidth and so on) slated for end of marketing (EOM) or end of support (EOS). Products slated for EOS will be announced 90 days before EOS using the IBM Cloud product lifecycle site in documentation for IBM Cloud.

See the documentation for Classic software →
See the documentation for VPC software →

 

Defined terms

You will see the following terms all connected with IBM Cloud product offerings.

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IBM Cloud product lifecycle chart

Product name Version Upgrade option Policy EOS AD EOM EOS
1 GB iSCSI offering
N/A
10 GM iSCSI
Portfolio¹
13 Oct 2014
30 Sep 2014
19 Jan 2015
1 GB NAS offering
N/A
10 GB NAS
Portfolio
13 Oct 2014
30 Sep 2014
19 Jan 2015
24x7x365 NOC monitoring
All
N/A
Service
31 Mar 2017
N/A
30 Jun 2017
32-bit operating systems
All
64-bit operating systems
Software²
15 Aug 2016
1 Sep 2016
1 Jan 2017
Advanced monitoring by Nimsoft
N/A
Retiring from portfolio. Consider monitoring with Sysdig as an alternative.
Service
30 Mar 2020
8 May 2020
8 Jul 2020
Auto Scale for Classic Virtual Servers
N/A
Auto Scale functionality exists in VPC
Service
Sept 30, 2022
July 30, 2022
June 29, 2022
Big data – Solution Designer, Cloudera, Hadoop CDH, MongoDB, Riak³
All
Retiring Solution Designer from portfolio
Software
31 Feb 2014
31 Oct 2014
31 Jan 2015
Citrix NetScaler VPX
10.x, 11.x
12.x
Software
N/A
31 Mar 2021
30 June 2021
Cloudera Hadoop
CDH 4
CDH 5 (IBM Marketplace)
Software
11 May 2015
11 May 2015
10 Aug 2015
CloudLinux
6.x
Retiring from Portfolio
Software
30 Aug 2020
30 Sep 2020
30 Nov 2020
CoreOS
Stable
CentOS 6.x or 7.x
Software
20 Feb 2016
30 Mar 2018
31 May 2018
EVault plug-in for Microsoft Exchange
7.3
Vendor EOL
Software
5 Feb 2015
18 Feb 2015
5 May 2015
Existing iSCSI offering
N/A
Retiring from portfolio. Please consider using Performance or Endurance, Block Storage.
Portfolio
1 May 2015
16 Mar 2015
31 Jul 2015
F-Secure
All
Retiring from portfolio
Software
13 Sep 2014
13 Oct 2014
19 Jan 2015
F5 Global Load Balancer (earlier version)
2014
Retiring from portfolio. Consider using IBM Cloud Internet Services as an alternative.
Portfolio
12 Jun 2018
6 Jul 2018
12 Sept 2018
Flex Imaging
N/A
Retiring from portfolio
Portfolio
31 May 2017
N/A
7 Aug 2017
FortiGate Security Appliance 1Gbps / Dedicated Firewall
All
Juniper vSRX, Virtual router appliance, or FortiGate Security Appliance 10Gbps
Software
N/A
18 Aug 2020
July 21 2021
IBM Local Load Balancer
All
IBM Cloud Load Balancer
Software
31 Jan 2020
1 Jun 2019
31 May 2020
Message queue service
N/A
Retiring from portfolio
Portfolio
31 Jan 2017
28 Oct 2016
20 Jun 2017
Microsoft SQL Server
2005: Express, Workgroup, Standard and Enterprise Editions
2014 Standard or Enterprise Edition
Software
19 Aug 2015
30 Oct 2015
N/A
Microsoft SQL Server
2008: Express, Express R2, Workgroup and Workgroup R2 Editions
2014 Standard or Enterprise Edition
Software
19 Aug 2015
30 Oct 2015
N/A
Microsoft SQL Server
2012 Express Edition
2014 Standard or Enterprise Edition
Software
19 Aug 2015
30 Oct 2015
N/A
Microsoft SQL Server
2014 Express Edition
2014 Standard or Enterprise Edition
Software
19 Aug 2015
30 Oct 2015
N/A
Microsoft SQL Server Enterprise
2008 Standard and Web Editions
2016
Software
27 Oct 2016
23 Nov 2016
31 Mar 2017
MySQL
5.6
MySQL 5.7
Software
25 Mar 2021
24 Apr 2021
23 Jun 2021
NAS/FTP storage
N/A
Retiring from portfolio. Please consider using block or file storage as an alternative.
Portfolio
Portfolio
N/A
TBD
Red Hat Satellite Server
6.1
6.4.3 or 6.5
Service
22 Apr 2019
5 Jul 2019
31 May 2024
Virtual web host
N/A
Retiring from portfolio
Portfolio
27 Jan 2015
30 Jun 2015
1 Apr 2015
VMware ESX (earlier versions)
4x
6.x
Software
N/A
30 Sep 2014
N/A
VMware ESXi
5.1
6.x
Software
2 Feb 2016
31 Mar 2016
24 Aug 2016
VMware ESXi
5.5
6.0 or 6.5
Software
26 Jul 2017
1 Sep 2017
18 Sep 2018
VMware NSX-V
6.0 thru 6.4.10
VMware NSX-T
Software
N/A
21 Jun 22
15 Oct 22
VMware Server Virtualization
6.5, 6.5u1
6.5u2, 6.5u3,6.7.x
Software
N/A
10 Oct 2021
15 Oct 2022
VMware Server Virtualization
6.7 all versions
7.0
Software
N/A
21 Jun 2022
15 Oct 2022
VMware Server Virtualization
7.0 all versions
N/A
Software
N/A
2 Jan 2025
2 Apr 2025

Footnotes

¹ IBM Cloud Portfolio Policy – focuses on compute, storage, bandwidth and other IaaS portfolio items offered by SoftLayer®, an IBM Company.

² IBM Cloud Software Policy – focuses on vendor storage that is resold to IBM Cloud customers.

³ DB Software Solutions will still be available.