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IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History

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Summary

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

Objective

Each family of the IBM Z mainframe hardware products have followed a similar life cycle pattern: product announcement, general availability, marketing withdrawal, and service discontinuance. Historically each mainframe generation has had a long life from general availability to service discontinuance, averaging over 11 years. In addition, family-to-family upgrade paths have also provided 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.

Lastest revisions:
June 30, 2020 - V2.5 - added z14 3906 WDFM dates

Oct 13, 2020 - V2.6 - added z14 3907 WDFM dates, z196 EOS, LinuxONE section

IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.6 - Oct 13 2020.pdf
IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.6 - Oct 13 2020.pdf

IBM Mainframe Life Cycle History V2.6 - Oct 13 2020.pptx
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Modified date:
06 September 2021

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TD105503