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IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History

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IBM Z mainframe hardware product marketing and service life cycle history since 1994.

Objective

Each family of the IBM Z mainframe hardware products follows a similar life cycle pattern: product announcement, general availability, marketing withdrawal, and service discontinuance. Historically each mainframe generation has a long life from general availability to service discontinuance, averaging over 11 years. In addition, family-to-family upgrade paths also provides investment protection and extension of the asset life time.

This document provides a graphic summary and details of the mainframe product life cycle since the introduction of CMOS technology in 1994.

Latest revision:
July 26, 2022  -  2.9  -  added zEC12 and zBC12 EOS dates

IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.9 - July 26 2022.pptx

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Modified date:
27 July 2022

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