Did you know that IBM software has a lifecycle? IBM has a commitment with its customers to provide the product and technical support on software products for a designated amount of time, depending on the product.
Once a product reaches 'End of Support' (EOS - also known as end of life), the support is no longer available for purchase or technical support without an extended support agreement. The lifecycle policy indicator determines how long IBM will continue to support the product once it has reached this date.
The product lifecycle has three polices:
Enhanced "E"(minimum of 5 years regular coverage with a commitment to support/sell extended support for 3 additional years after the EOS date)
Standard "S" (minimum of 3 years regular coverage with a commitment to support/sell extended support for 2 additional years after the EOS date)
Other "O" (Some IBM products may not adhere to the policies outlined above and will be flagged with an exception ('O'). IBM Software that is sold "as is" and products recently acquired by IBM, which may still adhere to legacy lifecycle agreements, will also be flagged.)
All products along with their policy type can be viewed on the Support Lifecycle page.