IBM’s End of Service Announcement


V5R4: End of Service Countdown

IBM’s end of service announcement

On the 30th September 2013, IBM will withdraw software support of the IBM i V5R4 operating system. V5R4 has been available since 2006, and with its End of Service scheduled for 2013, it will have been supported longer than any prior release.

IBM i is the integrated operating environment for IBM Power Systems™, which has been used by hundreds of thousands of businesses around the world for over 20 years since the introduction of the AS/400® and its successor System i® server. The latest generation of Power7+ servers represent the most powerful and scalable mid-range servers that IBM has ever made. With attractive x86 equivalent pricing on entry systems and the benefits of migrating to POWER7 and IBM i 7.1 to deliver reduced costs, the value proposition of IBM i has never been stronger.

IBM’s commitment to clients and ISVs is solid and unchanged. With a clearly-defined processor and software roadmap, IBM is making substantial investments in the future of IBM i, which it views as an important, strategic element in the IBM systems portfolio.

APSU can assist you with this technology change, helping you to reduce IT spend with predictable budgetary expenditure in the long term. We strongly believe that working in partnership with your team is the best way to create the IT infrastructure that is right for you. Whether this is an IBM i upgrade to 6.1 or 7.1 or migration to the latest POWER7+ platform, you can be assured it will be the correct choice for your business.

Speak to our Power consultants on +44 (0)1285 862100 or by completing the form on the right, to find out how APSU can help you choose the right option to manage withdrawal of V5R4 support before time really does run out.

Talk through your options

Contact our Power consultants to find out how APSU can help you choose the right option to manage withdrawal of V5R4 support before time really does run out.
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What are your options?



Use APSU professional services to assist your upgrade from V5R4 to IBM i 6.1 or 7.1, take advantage of IBM i’s latest features and continue with vendor support.

You can also upgrade using your own technical team and let APSU provide ad-hoc support at the planning and execution stage. Delivering the support you need, when you need it, using our CallPoint credit-based technology support tokens.


Fully test your application’s compatibility with IBM i 6.1 or 7.1 by upgrading on an APSU development system. Simply supply your tapes and sign in remotely to our secure ISO 27001 recovery centre.

For a limited period only, APSU will provide a test environment free of charge, subject to a signed order for an Upgrade or Migrate service.



Transition to the latest IBM i OS and Power7 hardware and get increased performance with reduced energy costs compared to your existing systems.

Alternatively, why not sign up to APSU’s Power cloud service for an OPEX solution that finally moves you off the technology treadmill? APSU can also provide competitive IBM finance to maximise cash flow and help you accelerate your move to IBM’s latest technology platform.
Do Nothing

Do Nothing

An unsupported IBM i release introduces business risk and can affect your audit compliance. Doing nothing is not an option. Although IBM can offer extended support for a limited period, this will not be cheap.

Now is the time to ensure your extremely robust, dependable IBM i environment is not costing you more than it should. Let APSU help you upgrade and plan for the future.