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.

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
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
CentOS
6.x
7.x or 8.x
Software
3 Feb 2020
30 Sep 2020
30 Nov 2020
CentOS
7.x
8.x
Software
N/A
30 Jun 2024
30 Jun 2024
CentOS
8.x
CentOS Stream
Software
N/A
31 Dec 2021
31 Dec 2021
Citrix CloudPlatform (private clouds)
All
Retiring from portfolio
Software
5 Feb 2015
19 Feb 2015
5 May 2015
Citrix NetScaler VPX
10.x, 11.x
12.x
Software
N/A
31 Mar 2021
30 June 2021
Citrix XenServer
5, 5.5, 5.6
6.x
Software
1 Jun 2015
30 Jun 2015
31 Aug 2015
Citrix XenServer
6.0.2, 6.1
7
Software
29 Jul 2016
31 Jul 2016
28 Oct 2016
Citrix XenServer
6.2, 6.5
6.2.1, 6.5.1
Software
N/A
31 Jan 2016
31 Dec 2016
Citrix XenServer
6.5.1
7.0, 7.1 or 7.2
Software
N/A
9 Jan 2018
26 Jun 2018
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
Debian
6.x
8.x or 9.x
Software
22 Feb 2016
29 Feb 2026
29 Apr 2016
Debian
7.x
8.x or 9.x
Software
8 Feb 2016
4 Jan 2018
31 May 2018
Debian
8
Debian 10
Software
11 Aug 2020
12 Sep 2020
12 Nov 2020
Debian
9
Debian 10
Software
14 Jul 2020
30 Jun 2022
30 Jun 2022
EVault plug-in for Microsoft Exchange
7.3
Vendor EOL
Software
5 Feb 2015
18 Feb 2015
5 May 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
FreeBSD
9.x
10.x
Software
29 Sep 2016
3 Oct 2016
20 Dec 2016
FreeBSD
10.x
11.x or 12.x
Software
21 Jan 2019
28 Feb 2019
31 Mar 2019
FreeBSD (earlier versions)
5.x, 6.x, 7.x
11.x
Software
30 Sep 2014
13 Oct 2014
19 Jan 2015
IBM Local Load Balancer
All
IBM Cloud Load Balancer
Software
31 Jan 2020
1 Jun 2019
31 May 2020
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
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
Parallels Plesk Panel (Linux® and Windows)
12.5
Plesk Onyx (Linux and Windows)
Software
1 May 2018
1 Jun 2018
31 Aug 2018
Parallels Pro Control Panel formally Ensim Pro
Pro
Plesk Onyx
Software
22 Mar 2019
22 Mar 2019
22 Apr 2019
R1Soft Server Backup Manager Enterprise (Windows)
5
R1Soft Server Backup Manager 5.0 Enterprise (Linux)
Software
14 Jul 2016
2 Sep 2016
12 Oct 2016
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
6.x
Retiring from portfolio. Consider using performance or endurance, block storage.
Software
3 Feb 2020
3 Feb 2020
30 Nov 2020
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
7.x
8.x
Software
N/A
30 Jun 2024
30 Jun 2024
Red Hat® Enterprise Linux
8.x
N/A
Software
N/A
31 May 2024
31 May 2024
Red Hat Satellite Server
6.1
6.4.3 or 6.5
Service
22 Apr 2019
5 Jul 2019
31 May 2024
Ubuntu
10.04
12.x or 14.x
Software
15 Mar 2015
15 Apr 2015
15 Jun 2015
Ubuntu
16.04
Ubuntu 18.04
Software
30 Dec 2021
4 Jan 2022
4 Jan 2022
Ubuntu
18.04
20.04
Software
N/A
30 Apr 2023
30 Apr 2023
Ubuntu
20.04
N/A
Software
N/A
30 Apr 2025
30 Apr 2025
Ubuntu Linux LTS (Precise Pangolin)
12.04
16.04
Software
10 Oct 2016
7 Nov 2016
31 Mar 2017
Ubuntu Linux Trusty Tahr
14.04
18.04
Software
21 Jan 2019
31 Mar 2019
1 Apr 2019
Virtual web host
N/A
Retiring from portfolio
Portfolio
27 Jan 2015
30 Jun 2015
1 Apr 2015
VMware ESX (earlier versions)
4.x
6.x
Software
N/A
30 Sep 2014
N/A
Virtuozzo
6
7
Software
9 Jan 2019
1 Nov 2019
30 Nov 2019
Virtuozzo
7
Retiring from portfolio
Software
1 Oct 2020
30 Oct 2020
30 Dec 2020
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 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
N/A
Software
N/A
2 Jan 2025
2 Apr 2025
Vyatta Community Edition
6.5, 6.6
VyOS Community Portal
Software
31 Jul 2015
9 Oct 2015
30 Oct 2015
Vyatta Subscription Edition 6.x (64 bit)
6.x
Virtual Router Appliance 18.x
Software
12 Jun 2017
1 Sep 2017
31 Mar 2019
Windows Server 2003
2003 Standard or Enterprise Edition
2008 or 2012
Software
24 Mar 2015
15 Apr 2015
14 Jul 2015
Windows Server 2008
2008 R2 Enterprise
2012 Standard or Datacenter Edition
Software
31 Jul 2015
11 Sep 2015
9 Nov 2015
Windows Server 2008
2008 Enterprise Edition SP2 (64 bit) 2008 R2 Web Edition (64) 2008 Web Edition SP2 (64)
2012 R2 Datacenter or Standard Edition
Software
19 Aug 2015
30 Oct 2015
N/A
Windows Server 2008 (Standard and Datacenter Editions)
2008
2016
Software
27 Oct 2016
23 Nov 2016
31 Mar 2017
Windows Server 2012, 2012 R2
2012
Windows Server 2016, Windows Server 2019
Software
N/A
9 Oct 2018
10 Oct 2023
Windows Server 2016
2016
Windows Server 2019
Software
N/A
12 Jan 2027
12 Jan 2027
Windows Server 2019
2019
N/A
Software
N/A
9 Jan 2029
9 Jan 2029
XenServer
7.0
XenServer 8.x
Software
25 Mar 2021
24 Apr 2021
23 Jun 2021

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.