A new z/OS release every 2 years !

Source: Mainframe Watch Belgium

This morning I posted about a statement of direction about changing the pace of releases of z/OS. Well, since then, I''ve been receiving some more information about this.

There will indeed be a new release every 2 years from now on. So, the next release will be in the second half of 2013. Some other interesting bits of information :
  • IBM intends to keep the N-2 compatibility so that customers can still migrate 1 or 2 releases forward. This means you might choose to only migrate every 4 years.
  • In order to support this scheme, the support for currently available releases (z/OS 1.12 and z/OS 1.13) will be adjusted in order to allow clients to bridge to the new release cycle.
  • z/OSMF releases should also be following the same release pattern.
  • Selected features may become available in between releases through e.g. SPE''s

Well, that''s it for now. And you know the drill : as long as it''s not officially announced, IBM might still change things. More info should become available within the next 60 days.

Marc Wambeke, one of our experts, regularly blogs at Mainframe Watch Belgium.

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