After the exultation over IBM announcing end of life for V5R4 comes one dissenting voice:
In an article published today called IBM i V5R4 Deadline Still Too Soon, Mel Beckman of the System i Network argues that there are a fair number of customers who still can’t upgrade to V6R1 before September 30, 2013. When compared with these other long-lived products that are still supported, Mel says that IBM could actually reap some good will by forgoing its premium price for continued V5R4 support after end of life:
- Cisco IOS 12.4
- Microsoft Windows Server 2003
- Windows XP
- NBC’s hit comedy, The Office
Just kidding about that last one. I think Mel actually was referring to How I Met Your Mother😉
Of course, not everyone is on board with this idea, as at least one popular pundit immediately tweeted that no, IBM’s V5R4 end of life date is too far out, not too soon.
Read the whole piece here, if you’re interested.
Also feel free to post a comment if you’re one of those people who can’t upgrade by September 30, 2013. I’d be curious to hear from people in this situation.