VOIP and Other Apps Dropped From i/OS Catalog
February 15, 2010 Timothy Prickett Morgan
IBM always announces its partnerships for bringing new kinds of applications to the i/OS platform with much fanfare, and being optimistic, we at The Four Hundred cover these launches with attention and hope. Sometimes, IBM’s love affair with ISV wares as well as with its own code seems to end abruptly.
So it seems to be with some software withdrawals that happened as part of last week’s rollout of the initial Power7-based servers. In announcement letter 910-002, IBM told i/OS shops that effective May 31, it would stop selling the 3Com Telephony software for the System i platform (5639-3CM) and support options for it (5771-3CM for one year, 5773-3CM for three years) as well as the Nortel Software Communication System 500 (5639-NTL) and its maintenance (5771-MTL for one year). As usual, IBM did not give any explanation for dropping it from the catalog. Nortel went bankrupt last year and bits and pieces of the company are being sold off by its creditors, and 3Com is in the process of being eaten by Hewlett-Packard. As far as I know, both VOIP systems are still being sold and supported by their respective companies.
Earlier versions of IBM Director with the Virtualization Engine hypervisor (what are now called Systems Director and PowerVM) are getting the axe as of May 31, as are versions of Lotus Sametime, Quickplace, Domino Document Manager, and CEO communications. Upgrade features for DB2 Web Query allowing for licenses to be moved from vintage iSeries and System i machines to more modern boxes are going to be cut on May 31 as well, but don’t get confused, DB2 Web Query is not being withdrawn.
IBM also said that IBM Director for i5/OS V5.2 (5722-DR1) and IBM Director Software Distribution Premium Edition for i5/OS (5722-SWD) will get the chop on September 30, 2011. That seems like plenty of lead time.