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This page has information and links on a variety of IBM i related topics, including IBM i Entitlement Transfer, backup licensing on IBM i, Service Provider topics, support topics, and more.

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IBM i Processor and User Transfer

IBM i Subscription Transformation

IBM is transforming the IBM i business. In the initial phase, IBM i software licensing is in process of transitioning to Subscription Term licensing for Power9 and Power10 machines at the P05 and P10 tiers.

IBM i Portfolio Simplification

October 10, 2023:  IBM continues to simplify the IBM i portfolio.

IBM i and Power Private Cloud with Shared Utility Capacity (Power Enterprise Pools 2.0 or EP 2.0)

IBM Db2 Web Query for i Update

October 10, 2023:  IBM withdraws IBM Db2 Web Query for i from marketing.

IBM i Modernization Engine for Lifecycle Integration (IBM i Merlin)

IBM offers a set of containerized applications that will act as a set of guides, or patterns, to help IBM i software developers more easily take on the task of moving into a DevOps, modular, services-oriented world. The IBM i Merlin tools will make it easier for clients to use a combination of on-premises IT infrastructure and one or more clouds.

Virtual Serial Number

IBM offers you the ability to acquire a virtual serial number and assign it to a logical partition, also known as a virtual machine (VM). IBM i software can then be ordered on or transferred to the virtual serial number rather than a IBM Power machine serial number.

High Availability and Backup Recovery on IBM i

IBM i Service Provider topics


Entitled Systems Support (ESS)

This Web site provides access to and management support for Power software entitlements and software keys. IBM i and AIX customers will also find Web initiated release upgrades, electronic software download, software maintenance inventory information, and more.

Note: Refer to IBM i Self-Serve Interim Keys for details on one method to acquire emergency temporary keys for qualifying situations.

For more information on ESS, go to the Entitled Systems Support (ESS) Documentation. These documents provide a detailed overview of ESS web site functionality.


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Modified date:
17 July 2024