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Firmware Support Practice for IBM Cloud Pak System and IBM PureApplication products

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Abstract

This document provides information on the IBM Cloud Pak System, Cloud Pak System Software, Cloud Pak System Software Suite, IBM PureApplication System, PureApplication Platform (previously named Bluemix Local System), PureApplication Software and PureApplication Software Suite Firmware Levels of Support.

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IBM Cloud Pak System, Cloud Pak System Software, Cloud Pak System Software Suite, IBM PureApplication System, PureApplication Platform (previously named Bluemix Local System) and PureApplication Software includes system firmware to support operation of the appliance. The system firmware follows the IBM version, release, maintenance, fix pack number (V.R.M.F) maintenance delivery terminology.

IBM Cloud Pak System, Cloud Pak System Software, Cloud Pak System Software Suite, IBM PureApplication System, PureApplication Platform (previously named Bluemix Local System) and PureApplication Software generally provides a minimum of 2 years of support for each system firmware release beginning at the general availability (GA) of the release. However, exceptions may be made at the discretion of IBM when necessary. Please refer to the specific release (GA and withdrawal) announcements for details.

A system firmware release is a change in either the version or the release or the modification of the firmware. System firmware release maintenance and fix packs will be made available from Fix Central. Releases of IBM Cloud Pak System and IBM PureApplication firmware that are older than 2 years are subject to support withdrawal at any time.


The IBM Cloud Pak System, IBM PureApplication firmware support withdrawal practice will:

  • Publish a notice of support discontinuance (end of service) for a firmware level at least six (6) months before the effective date.
  • Publish firmware release withdrawal of support dates in the table below.
  • NOTE:  Notification and duration exceptions may occur due to underlying support of dependencies being removed or severe security issues being discovered.
Release GA Date Firmware End of Service Date Notice of Firmware
Support Withdrawal (EOS)
Applies to the follow Program Numbers (PIDs)
2.2.1 17-Jun-2016 30-Sep-2018 Withdrawal of 2.2.1 announcement 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-R72, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.2.2 09-Sep-2016 30-Sep-2018 Withdrawal of 2.2.2 announcement 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-R72, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.2.3 05-May-2017 30-Sep-2019 Withdrawal of 2.2.3 announcement 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.2.4 29-Sep-2017 30-Sep-2019 Withdrawal of 2.2.4 announcement 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.2.5 30-Mar-2018 30-Sep-2020 Withdrawal of 2.2.5 announcement 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.2.6 31-May-2019 31-Dec-2020 Withdrawal of 2.2.6 announcement 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.3.0 28-Jun-2019 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.3.1 26-Nov-2019 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.3.2 27-Mar-2020 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-G32, 5725-F46, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17
2.3.3 09-Oct-2020 5725-Q52, 5737-B07, 5725-Q93, 5725-Q94, 5725-R71, 5725-X32, 5725-Z16, 5725-Z17, 5737-N47


What is considered "firmware" in IBM Cloud Pak System, PureApplication System and PureApplication Software?

Software Layers
Examples
Firmware
Lifecycle Practice
Pre-Entitled patterns
  • IBM DB2 with BLU Acceleration
  • IBM GPFS pattern
  • WebSphere Application Server (WAS) editions
NO
Lifecycle of the IBM software product within the pattern determines the end of support date for the pattern. For example, GPFS pattern v1.2.9.0 ends support at the same time as GPFS v4.1.1.1.
OS Images
  • IBM OS Image for Red Hat Linux
  • IBM OS Image for AIX
NO
Operating System(OS) Software within the Pattern determines the end of support date for the pattern. For example, support for IBM OS Image for AIX pattern v2.1.12 ends on the same date as AIX 7.1 TL5.
Foundation Pattern
  • Shared Services: Monitoring, Caching, ELB, Patching
YES
Same date as the firmware release end of service
Software firmware
  • Pure Systems Manager
YES
Same date as the firmware release end of service
Hardware firmware
  • Storage, network, compute firmware
YES
Same date as the firmware release end of service


Additional Information:

Note:  PureApplication System W1500 (5725-G32) & W1700 (5725-F46) appliance hardware reached end of support 30-Sep-2019, and service extensions are not provided.

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Modified date:
06 October 2020

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