End-of-service-life (EOSL) announcements can lead to concern for IT managers. Each year, IT hardware manufacturers decide they will no longer support certain models of storage, servers, or network hardware. In the wake of this, IT folks are left with some tough choices like whether they will be forced to upgrade or if they want to extend the life of their equipment, especially in cases where they are not ready to abandon the investment they’ve made. They have two options.

1. Upgrade

The manufacturers sunset service on older models to force you into buying a new or newer model. While this means you get the most up-to-date hardware, it also means you’re dropping a lot of cash that could be used elsewhere. This can be particularly frustrating when your existing infrastructure is still performing well.

2. Hire a Managed IT Provider

There are folks that know how to keep these machines running, allowing you to extend the support cycle and maximize the value of your hardware. 3rd party IBM support providers can provide high quality hardware maintenance to extend the life of IBM products.

Great Lakes Computer Corporation has been servicing IBM mid-range servers – like the iSeries, pSeries, and AS400 – for over 30 years. We have a dedicated and experienced staff that is very knowledgeable about IBM products and offer best in class software management and support. We also have a large inventory of replacement parts for IBM hardware that we store on site.  

If it isn’t enough that we can help you avoid the cost of new equipment, we also save you up to 50% against that IBM contract you had before. We can minimize disruption in service and guarantee uptime, while giving you a range of coverage options so you can pick one to fit your budget.

Download the 2020 IBM EOSL List