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IBM i OS Upgrade Service

IBM i OS Upgrade Service

To take advantage of the latest features & functions and keep your system fully supported Life's System i OS upgrade service offers a fully inclusive, co-ordinated solution which is geared to ensuring the success of the upgrade without disrupting your business. It's a service that draws on the wealth of experience and expertise that comes from undertaking such projects on a daily basis.

End of support for IBM i 6.1 and 6.1.1

V6R1 was launched in March 2008 and IBM announced that IBM i 6.1 and 6.1.1 normal support ended on the 30th September 2015.  For those customers still on 6.1 or 6.1.1 then it’s time to upgrade to version 7 and take advantage of some of the significant new security features.

V7R1 became available in April 2010, and V7R2 has been out since April 2014. To upgrade to V7R1 or V7R2 from V6 does not require the lengthy program conversion that was a requirement when upgrading from V5R4. 

If you decide to stay on 6.1 then support is still available with Service Extension which is an extra fee in addition to your IBM Software Maintenance support (SWMA). Even with Service Extension, there are no more PTFs for V6R1 and support is on a best effort basis.

Upgrade Offering

We can offer to test the upgrade process on one of our servers running V7R1 or V7R2, and make the server available to your users for application testing. Once testing is complete we fully document an implementation plan of what we'll do & how long it will take.

Service Extension for IBM i 6.1

Product and Version   

Type of Service Extension

Extension Dates

IBM i 6.1 / 6.1.1

Combined Usage, Known Defect and New Defect 8x5 withSev 1s 24 x 7

Start 1/10/2015 -  End  30/09/2018


The Service Extension for 6.1, when added to the customer’s IBM i Software Maintenance coverage, provides:

  • Basic usage and problem rediscovery support for specified out of service product releases.

  • New and known defect report

  • Voice and electronic remote technical support –8x5 with 24x7 for Severity 1 only.

An upgrade to the most recent cumulative fix or PTF level may be required for problem resolution.

Key Benefits of V6R1 & V7R1

  • Increased Java Performance
  • New Encryption Options
  • Management with Systems Director
  • New Built-in Web Application Server
  • IPv6 Certified
  • Strengthened IBM i Security
  • Performance Improvements
  • Significant Tool & Compliler Enhancements