Wednesday, May 13, 2020

Db2 11 for z/OS End of Service Date Extended!

In an earlier blog post, I wrote about Db2 11 for z/OS End of Support Coming This Year (2020)... but that was before the global COVID-19 pandemic swooped in and changed everything!

If you check out that earlier post, you'll even see that I made the comment that the "date appears to be a firm one... don't bet on IBM extending it." Well, that would have been a bad bet! And that is another reason why it is not a good idea to predict the future (even when you hear the prediction from a credible source).

Yes, IBM has extended the end of service (EOS) for Db2 11 for z/OS by 6 months... from September 30, 2020, to next year, March 31, 2021. They furthermore state that they expect it to be a one-time adjustment (but I'm not going to predict the future this time).

You can find the revised EOS terms here.

Regardless of the extension, it still makes sense to start planning your migration to Db2 12 for z/OS now. Actually, with the slowdown in many corporations due to the pandemic, your DBAs and systems programmers might have some time to do this now.

Keep in mind that Db2 11 was made generally available way back on October 25, 2013, 7 years ago. This is an eternity in the world of enterprise software. So it is nice to have more wiggle room, but don't use it to delay further... start your planning now (if you haven't already).

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