I don't think obsolescence has been (officially) determined past V5R3 as of
yet, however: Muskie and Cobra4 processors were supported through V5R1,
Apache processors are supported through V5R2 but won't be supported on V5R3.
I don't think you need to worry too much about getting two more releases out
of an SStar, since Northstar(1998), Pulsar and IStar will reach EOS first.
And I sure hope not, as we have an SStar processor in the 810 we bought last
July!

Regards,

Scott Ingvaldson
AS/400 System Administrator
GuideOne Insurance Group

-----Original Message-----
date: Fri, 12 Mar 2004 19:26:45 -0500
from: "Urbanek, Marty" <Marty_Urbanek@xxxxxxxxxxxx>
subject: SStar/POWER4 OS/400 obsolescence

We have a model 820 with SStar processors in it.

We need to get a new box, but can't wait for the next series, so we will
probably get one with POWER4.

I need to have a machine for testing with the "next release" of OS/400, but
keep the primary workload on the "current release" (for example, at present
time, V5R3 and V5R2 respectively).

Due to the increased horsepower, my primary workload will move to the new
POWER4 box. I would like to continue using the older SStar box for testing
the "next release". My concern is how many more OS/400 releases will be
supported on the 820 SStar? I'd like to get another couple of years/releases
out of it (like maybe V5R3 + 2) but I wonder if that is being too
optimistic.

Anybody know the answer or know where I can find that information? 
(educated guesses based on experience definitely welcome)

Thanks,
-Marty
   
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