That is one way to look at it of course. BUT you need to consider what all it takes to maintain support for older hardware. Every different chip, every different bus, every different I/O feature, RAID cards, disk unit etc. And not just maintaining support in the O/S but testing every update and PTF to assure it all works with every fix as well.

And then there is hardware maintenance. As the machines get older there are fewer of them. The fewer there are the cost to IBM to maintain the needed parts inventory goes up. And the knowledge to maintain them goes down.

I for one am OK with IBM keeping the cadence moving forward, both the O/S and the hardware!

- DrF

On 11/22/2021 1:19 PM, Brad Stone wrote:
That's great that they take perfectly capable machines and make them almost
worthless. Shoot... my old 515 could run V7R4 I bet. I know my 41A isn't
even touching it's capability at V7R4.

The one positive is it can at least be used for OSS... unless they break
that too.

Guess I'll be buying a new power 11 in a couple years. :)

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