IBM Virtual Loaner Program: Please read - changes to hardware and operating system reservation options
In an effort to maintain costs while offering you no-charge remote access to the latest IBM Power Systems hardware, the IBM Virtual Loaner Program (VLP) will increase its capacity on IBM POWER7 and POWER7+ systems. At the same time, the VLP will no longer be providing access to IBM POWER5 or POWER6 systems or the IBM AIX 5.3, IBM i 5.4, RHEL 5 and SLES 10 operating systems.
Starting August 24, 2013:
New reservations can be made for AIX 7.1, AIX 6.1, IBM i 6.1 and IBM i 7.1, RHEL 6 and SLES 11 on POWER7 and POWER7+ systems.
Previously saved images on down-level POWER versions or operating systems can be restored on POWER7 systems in most cases except for IBM i 5.4 saved images.
Saved images from IBM i 5.4 will not be available after August 24.
Please make provisions to save your data locally if needed.
For any questions or concerns, go to ibm.com/systems/vlp and click VLP Support to contact the VLP team.