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What IBM POWER8 End of Service Means For You and Your Business




September 26, 2023

In 2024, IBM will begin phasing out service for its POWER8 server range. The impending end-of-services (EOS) for IBM’s POWER8 system marks a key decision point for businesses worldwide. Long known for its reliable, performance-driven capabilities, the POWER8 system has been a valuable asset across various industries.

Contrary to any cause for concern, this withdrawal of support could present an opportunity for you to reassess your IT infrastructure and implement strategic changes benefiting your business in the long run. Possible routes feature an upgrade to the IBM POWER9 or POWER10, a switch to an entirely different system, or even moving to a hybrid solution or flexible cloud-based platform. Each choice presents its own distinct benefits and hurdles. Therefore, making an informed decision that suits your business perfectly becomes imperative.

In this transition, you’re not alone. The right partner can help navigate through this change, ensuring the uninterrupted functioning of your business.

What Does End of Service Mean for POWER8?

End of Service (EoS) refers to the end of IBM’s support lifecycle policy. This policy specifies how long service will be available for IBM products, from when the product is available for purchase to when it is no longer supported.

In short, EOS simply means that a specific version or release will no longer have access to service updates and technical support. IBM POWER8 EOS is the latest announcement and prompts essential strategic decisions about your IT infrastructure. Let’s unpack these implications together and discuss ways to ease this transition.

IT Infrastructure Risks

The IBM POWER8 EOS could pose an initial hurdle, particularly if your operations rely heavily on it. Once a system’s support ends, it no longer receives security updates or technical support from the vendor. This could increase your system’s susceptibility to security risks and compatibility issues, making compliance with industry regulations more difficult.

Financial Consequences

The EOS of POWER8 also has financial consequences. Operational costs may rise as you try to keep an unsupported system running, with expenses ranging from third-party support to system failure rectification. Investing in a retiring system might not yield the best return for you. However, the EOS also presents a chance to evaluate your needs and invest in a more cost-effective system.

Despite these challenges, the transition from POWER8 can be an opportunity to refine your operations, enhance your infrastructure, and save costs in the long run. The EOS announcement prompts you to consider various upgrade paths or system transitions. The optimal solution depends on your specific needs, a careful consideration of the pros and cons of each option, and an informed decision-making process.

Navigating Your Options After POWER8

As the IBM POWER8 system nears its end of service, planning your next move is crucial. Various options exist, each with their own unique advantages and potential difficulties. Your decision will prominently impact your operations, hence the need for careful consideration.

Transition to IBM POWER9 or POWER10

If you’ve found value in the reliability and performance of POWER8, transitioning to IBM’s POWER9 or POWER10 seems like a logical step. Customers have until November 20, 2023, to take delivery of a new POWER S914, POWER S922, POWER S924, POWER S922, or a POWER E950.

While new equipment sales end on November 20, 2023, customers can still purchase from used or certified markets. However, moving to POWER9 is a considerable investment and is not the latest technology available on the Power Systems platform. Therefore, POWER10 may be a more viable solution.

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Alternative Strategies

Other options include considering SaaS offerings and solutions, moving individual application stacks, or switching to an entirely different system. Various platforms offer diverse capabilities that may better suit your current or future business requirements. Whether it’s the flexibility of x86 servers or the reliability of mainframes, a new system could revitalize your IT operations.

Migrating to a new system, though, could demand substantial effort and expertise. Retraining your staff, rewriting software, or revamping your IT architecture might be necessary. Despite these potential challenges, a new system could bring about efficiencies, cost reductions, and align better with your future strategy.

Adopt Cloud Technologies

If you’re considering a flexible, scalable, and cost-efficient solution, it might be the right time to adopt cloud technologies. Platforms like Amazon Web Services (AWS) offer robust capabilities, from computing power and storage to database services and machine learning. These platforms are designed to meet your evolving needs and manage increasing data volumes.

Transitioning to a hybrid cloud or public cloud may present challenges. Ensuring data security, managing cloud resources, and adjusting to a new operational style could require some effort. However, the scalability, flexibility, and cost-efficiency of the cloud make it an attractive option.

Ultimately, the choice to upgrade, switch systems, or adopt cloud services after POWER8 will depend on your unique business needs and strategic goals. It’s important to understand the implications of each decision and consider seeking expert guidance to ensure a smooth transition.

Connect IBM Power Workloads with AWS

One of the more common upgrade patterns we see at Connectria is rehosting IBM Power workloads in a hybrid cloud environment connected to AWS and other hyperscale public cloud providers. Running IBM workloads in Connectria’s hybrid cloud allows you to seamlessly migrate and upgrade your POWER8 hardware with high availability architecture, improved disaster recovery, and advanced capabilities like AI/ML, advanced data analytics, and other capabilities provided by AWS services.

Combining the strengths of IBM Power and AWS increases flexibility and scalability, enables developers to work together more efficiently and effectively, and offers a wide range of possibilities for innovation and growth.

Get Help With Your POWER8 Upgrade

Moving from IBM’s POWER8 system doesn’t need to be a challenge. Our team can help simplify this process, making it beneficial for your organization.

Broad-based Expertise

Our team boasts knowledge across diverse systems. This proficiency aids in managing the transition process, whether it’s an upgrade to IBM POWER9 or POWER10, a switch to a different system, or a shift to a cloud-based platform like AWS.

We have a deep understanding of each of these platforms and offer a wide range of managed services for ongoing support. Our expertise guides you through the transition process, enabling you to understand the advantages and disadvantages of each option. We offer not only support but also insight, helping you make a decision that aligns with your objectives.

Top-tier Service Level Agreements (SLAs)

Trust is vital when working with a service provider, and our leading Service Level Agreements (SLAs) underscore our dedication. We guarantee exceptional service, not just promise it. Our SLAs ensure you receive consistent, high-quality service and support throughout your transition.

Our SLAs have more advantages. In case of a system issue, our SLAs guarantee you timely and efficient problem resolution. This approach keeps your operations running smoothly, even during a transition.

  • All-inclusive Hosting and Managed Services: Our team handles everything, from planning and implementation to managing and optimizing your new system.
  • Award-Winning, Customer-oriented Culture: We’re known for our commitment to customer service. Our experts prioritize your needs, making sure you feel valued and supported at every stage.
  • Proactive Support: We don’t just respond to issues. We proactively monitor your system to avert problems before they occur, ensuring seamless business operations.

Connectria’s transition support also comes with added peace of mind. You’re choosing a partner who understands your unique needs, offers expert guidance, and provides robust support. Above all, you’re opting for a smooth and hassle-free transition. We’re here to make the IBM POWER8 end of service less about bidding farewell and more about embracing new opportunities for your organization.

Support for POWER10 and Beyond

The end of service for IBM POWER8 does not have to deter you. Instead, it offers excellent opportunities for business evolution.

At Connectria, we provide support whether you’re thinking about upgrading to POWER10, want to learn more about a hybrid solution, or need help moving to the cloud. Our team of experts is available to answer questions and assist with a seamless transition. Contact us below to learn more.

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