Alan,

IMHO as long as IBM is cashing your hardware support checks, they are
guaranteeing the parts availability at whatever service level is in your
contract. After that, third-party support vendors take over so you can
usually get support for quite a while even after IBM stops.

Incidentally, if you switch to a 170 to avoid a disk crash, I hope you get a
better one than I did. We've had 4 DASD hits in about a year on the 10Krpm
units. Thank God for RAID!

-Marty
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