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System i OS Upgrade Service

System 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.

V6R1 & V7R1

Every release of the System  i operating system has a finite support period.  V5R4 was launched in February 2006 and it recently reached its end of marketing date on the 27  May 2011.  This means that customers can no longer order V5R4 and new Power servers cannot be ordered with V5R4 pre-loaded.  The end of support date for V5R4 is 30 September 2013.

V6R1 became available in March 2008 & IBM i V7R1 was introduced in April 2010. To upgrade to V6R1 or V7R1 from earlier versions requires a program conversion for all programs that use the IBM i Machine Interface (MI). 

This conversion upgrades and refreshes programs to take advantage of the latest system enhancements, including enhanced system integrity, improved performance, and a range of new operating system and processor capabilities.

The System i community has experienced program conversion before when moving from 48-bit address space to the 64-bit address space in 1995. This was the CISC to RISC conversion where the instruction set was changed from complex instruction set computing to reduced instruction set computing.

The IBM i 6.1 program conversion is similar in some ways to the CISC to RISC conversion, in order for a program to be converted, its creation data (sometimes referred to as observability) must be available. 

Upgrade Service

As part of our upgrade service we complete a set of pre upgrade tasks to identify any objects which won't convert and estimate how long the conversion will take based on the CPW of your system. The team then plan out any corrective actions required to ensure the conversion can complete successfully.

We can also test the upgrade process on one of our servers running V6R1, 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. The upgrade is usually completed out of hours.

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
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