Migrating to IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric

Customers who are currently operating and using IBM® Blockchain Platform networks, either on-prem (software) or on IBM Cloud (SaaS), are being advised of the eventual migration of both environments to the existing IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric on-prem (software) offering, which is a close relative of both IBM Blockchain Platform offerings.

Target audience: This topic is designed for network and system administrators who are responsible for planning, configuring and migrating IBM Blockchain networks.

What is happening?

In September, 2021, IBM released the IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric edition, which provides certified images of Hyperledger Fabric open source code, accelerators, and IBM support for Fabric-based blockchain solutions. Given the functional overlap with the IBM Blockchain Platform Software and SaaS editions, IBM will be withdrawing the IBM Blockchain Platform Software edition in April, 2023.

Why is it happening?

To maintain a focused development, delivery & support effort for IBM Blockchain Platform, it has been determined that the IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric Support best recognizes the opensource foundation of the core code and aligns IBM’s value with the support, certification, and accelerators.

How to transition licensing?

IBM Blockchain Platform Software customers will be able to transition their license to IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric after the end of their current IBM Software Subscription and Support term, or before April, 2023 (whichever comes first), with assistance from their IBM Blockchain Platform Support team or IBM Account Representative.

Planning and Considerations

IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric supports the Hyperledger Fabric v2.x codebase (the v1.4 codebase goes out of support in April, 2023) so existing environments need to utilize v2.x component images.

Documentation for the IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric is a current IBM product offering; the documentation is available at https://www.ibm.com/docs/en/hlf-support/1.0.0.

Next steps

Coming soon: Watch this space for details on how to migrate your IBM Blockchain Platform network to IBM Support for Hyperledger Fabric.